And over the people who remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, he appointed 1Gedaliah the son of 2Ahikam, son of Shaphan, governor.
3Now when all the captains and their men heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah governor, they came with their men to Gedaliah at 4Mizpah, namely, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of the Maacathite.
And Gedaliah swore to them and their men, saying, "Do not be afraid because of the Chaldean officials. Live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you."
5But in the seventh month, 6Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the royal family, came with ten men and struck down Gedaliah and put him to death along with the Jews and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah.
7Then all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the forces arose and went to Egypt, for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.