Gedaliah Is Murdered

1 1In the seventh month 2Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal family 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 next 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 their 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 because 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.