Jeremiah 41 (New American Standard)

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Gedaliah Is Murdered

1 1In the seventh month 2Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal afamily and one of the chief officers of the king, along with ten men, came to Mizpah to 3Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. While they 4were eating bread together there in Mizpah, 2 Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him arose and 5struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword and 6put to death the one 7whom the king of Babylon had appointed over the land. 3 Ishmael also struck down all the Jews who were with him, that is with Gedaliah at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans who were found there, the men of war. 4 Now it happened on the bnext day after the killing of Gedaliah, when no one knew about it, 5 that eighty men 8came from 9Shechem, from 10Shiloh, and from 11Samaria with 12their beards shaved off and their clothes torn and ctheir bodies 13gashed, having grain offerings and incense in their hands to bring to the 14house of the LORD. 6 Then Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them, 15weeping as he went; and as he met them, he said to them, "Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam!" 7 Yet it turned out that as soon as they came inside the city, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the men that were with him 16slaughtered them and cast them into the cistern. 8 But ten men who were found among them said to Ishmael, "Do not put us to death; for we have 17stores of wheat, barley, oil and honey hidden in the field." So he refrained and did not put them to death along with their companions. 9 Now as for the cistern where Ishmael had cast all the corpses of the men whom he had struck down dbecause of Gedaliah, it was the 18one that King Asa had made on 19account of Baasha, king of Israel; Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with the slain. 10 Then Ishmael took captive all the 20remnant of the people who were in Mizpah, the 21king's daughters and all the people who were left in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard had put under the charge of Gedaliah the son of Ahikam; thus Ishmael the son of Nethaniah took them captive and proceeded to cross over to the sons of 22Ammon.

Johanan Rescues the People

11 But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the 23commanders of the forces that were with him heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done. 12 So they took all the men and went to 24fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and they found him by the 25great epool that is in Gibeon. 13 Now as soon as all the people who were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah and the commanders of the forces that were with him, they were glad. 14 So all the people whom Ishmael had taken captive from Mizpah turned around and came back, and went to Johanan the son of Kareah. 15 But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah 26escaped from Johanan with eight men and went to the sons of Ammon. 16 Then Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces that were with him took from Mizpah 27all the remnant of the people whom he had frecovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, after he had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, that is, the men who were gsoldiers , the women, the hchildren, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought back from Gibeon. 17 And they went and stayed in i28Geruth Chimham, which is beside Bethlehem, in order to 29proceed into Egypt 18 because of the Chaldeans; for they were 30afraid of them, since Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom 31the king of Babylon had appointed over the land.
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