1In the seventh month, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the royal family, one of the chief officers of the king, came with ten men to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, at 2Mizpah. As they 3ate bread together there at Mizpah,
4Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the ten men with him rose up and struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, with the sword, and killed him, 5whom the king of Babylon had appointed governor in the land.
Ishmael also struck down all the Judeans who were with Gedaliah at 6Mizpah, and the Chaldean soldiers who happened to be there.
On the day after the murder of Gedaliah, before anyone knew of it,
eighty men arrived from 7Shechem and 8Shiloh and 9Samaria, with 10their beards shaved and 11their clothes torn, and 12their bodies gashed, 13bringing grain offerings and incense to present at the temple of the LORD.
And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah came out from 14Mizpah to meet them, weeping as he came. As he met them, he said to them, "Come in to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam."
When they came into the city, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the men with him slaughtered them and cast them into a cistern.
But there were ten men among them who said to Ishmael, "Do not put us to death, for we have 15stores of wheat, barley, oil, and honey hidden in the fields." So he refrained and did not put them to death with their companions.
Now the cistern into which Ishmael had thrown all the bodies of the men whom he had struck down along with Gedaliah was the large cistern that 16King Asa had made for defense against 17Baasha king of Israel; Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with the slain.