In the seventh month Ishmael1 son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, who was of royal blood and had been one of the king's officers, came with ten men to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah. While they were eating together there,
Ishmael2 son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him got up and struck down Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword,3 killing the one whom the king of Babylon had appointed4 as governor over the land.53
Ishmael also killed all the men of Judah who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah, as well as the Babyloniana soldiers who were there.
The day after Gedaliah's assassination, before anyone knew about it,
eighty men who had shaved off their beards,6 torn their clothes7 and cut8 themselves came from Shechem,9 Shiloh10 and Samaria,11 bringing grain offerings and incense12 with them to the house of the LORD.136
Ishmael son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them, weeping14 as he went. When he met them, he said, "Come to Gedaliah son of Ahikam."157
When they went into the city, Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the men who were with him slaughtered them and threw them into a cistern.168
But ten of them said to Ishmael, "Don't kill us! We have wheat and barley, olive oil and honey, hidden in a field."17 So he let them alone and did not kill them with the others.
Now the cistern where he threw all the bodies of the men he had killed along with Gedaliah was the one King Asa18 had made as part of his defense19 against Baasha20 king of Israel. Ishmael son of Nethaniah filled it with the dead.
Ishmael made captives of all the rest of the people21 who were in Mizpah--the king's daughters22 along with all the others who were left there, over whom Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam. Ishmael son of Nethaniah took them captive and set out to cross over to the Ammonites.2311
When Johanan24 son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him heard about all the crimes Ishmael son of Nethaniah had committed,
they took all their men and went to fight25 Ishmael son of Nethaniah. They caught up with him near the great pool26 in Gibeon.
When all the people27 Ishmael had with him saw Johanan son of Kareah and the army officers who were with him, they were glad.
All the people Ishmael had taken captive at Mizpah28 turned and went over to Johanan son of Kareah.
But Ishmael son of Nethaniah and eight of his men escaped29 from Johanan and fled to the Ammonites.
Then Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers30 who were with him led away all the people of Mizpah who had survived,31 whom Johanan had recovered from Ishmael son of Nethaniah after Ishmael had assassinated Gedaliah son of Ahikam--the soldiers, women, children and court officials he had recovered from Gibeon.
And they went on, stopping at Geruth Kimham32 near Bethlehem33 on their way to Egypt3418
to escape the Babylonians.b They were afraid35 of them because Ishmael son of Nethaniah had killed Gedaliah36 son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed as governor over the land.