However, before Jeremiah turned to go,a Nebuzaradan added, "Go back to Gedaliah1 son of Ahikam,2 the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed3 over the towns4 of Judah, and live with him among the people, or go anywhere else you please."5 Then the commander gave him provisions and a present6 and let him go.
So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah7 and stayed with him among the people who were left behind in the land.
When all the army officers and their men who were still in the open country heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam as governor8 over the land and had put him in charge of the men, women and children who were the poorest9 in the land and who had not been carried into exile to Babylon,
they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah10--Ishmael11 son of Nethaniah, Johanan12 and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth, the sons of Ephai the Netophathite,13 and Jaazaniahb the son of the Maacathite,14 and their men.
Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, took an oath to reassure them and their men. "Do not be afraid to serve15 the Babylonians,c16" he said. "Settle down in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you.1710
I myself will stay at Mizpah18 to represent you before the Babylonians who come to us, but you are to harvest the wine,19 summer fruit and oil, and put them in your storage jars,20 and live in the towns you have taken over."2111
When all the Jews in Moab,22 Ammon, Edom23 and all the other countries24 heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant in Judah and had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, as governor over them,
they all came back to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah, from all the countries where they had been scattered.25 And they harvested an abundance of wine and summer fruit.
Johanan26 son of Kareah and all the army officers still in the open country came to Gedaliah at Mizpah2714
and said to him, "Don't you know that Baalis king of the Ammonites28 has sent Ishmael29 son of Nethaniah to take your life?" But Gedaliah son of Ahikam did not believe them.
Then Johanan30 son of Kareah said privately to Gedaliah in Mizpah, "Let me go and kill31 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 scattered32 and the remnant33 of Judah to perish?"
But Gedaliah son of Ahikam said to Johanan34 son of Kareah, "Don't do such a thing! What you are saying about Ishmael is not true."