Johanan1 son of Kareah and all the army officers still in the open country came to Gedaliah at Mizpah214
and said to him, "Don't you know that Baalis king of the Ammonites3 has sent Ishmael4 son of Nethaniah to take your life?" But Gedaliah son of Ahikam did not believe them.
Then Johanan5 son of Kareah said privately to Gedaliah in Mizpah, "Let me go and kill6 Ishmael son of Nethaniah, and no one will know it. Why should he take your life and cause all the Jews who are gathered around you to be scattered7 and the remnant8 of Judah to perish?"
But Gedaliah son of Ahikam said to Johanan9 son of Kareah, "Don't do such a thing! What you are saying about Ishmael is not true."