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Jeremiah 41
New Living Translation

The Murder of Gedaliah

41But in midautumn, Ishmael son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama, who was a member of the royal family and had been one of the king’s high officials, went to Mizpah with ten men to meet Gedaliah. While they were eating together,H7637H2320H3458H1121H5418H1121H476H2233H4410H7227H4428H6235H582H935H1436H1121H296H4709H398H3899H3162H4708 2Ishmael and his ten men suddenly jumped up, drew their swords, and killed Gedaliah, whom the king of Babylon had appointed governor.H6965H3458H1121H5418H6235H582H5221H1436H1121H296H1121H8227H2719H4191H4428H894H6485H776 3Ishmael also killed all the Judeans and the Babylonian soldiers who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah.H3458H5221H3064H1436H4709H3778H4672H582H4421 4The next day, before anyone had heard about Gedaliah’s murder,H8145H3117H4191H1436H376H3045 5eighty men arrived from Shechem, Shiloh, and Samaria to worship at the Temple of the Lord. They had shaved off their beards, torn their clothes, and cut themselves, and had brought along grain offerings and frankincense.H935H582H7927H7887H8111H8084H376H2206H1548H899H7167H1413H4503H3828H3027H935H1004H3068 6Ishmael left Mizpah to meet them, weeping as he went. When he reached them, he said, “Oh, come and see what has happened to Gedaliah!”H3458H1121H5418H3318H4709H7125H1058H1980H1980H6298H559H935H1436H1121H296 7But as soon as they were all inside the town, Ishmael and his men killed all but ten of them and threw their bodies into a cistern.H935H8432H5892H3458H1121H5418H7819H8432H953H582 8The other ten had talked Ishmael into letting them go by promising to bring him their stores of wheat, barley, olive oil, and honey that they had hidden away.H6235H582H4672H559H3458H4191H3426H4301H7704H2406H8184H8081H1706H2308H4191H8432H251 9The cistern where Ishmael dumped the bodies of the men he murdered was the large one dug by King Asa when he fortified Mizpah to protect himself against King Baasha of Israel. Ishmael son of Nethaniah filled it with corpses.H953H3458H7993H6297H582H5221H3027H1436H609H4428H6213H6440H1201H4428H3478H3458H1121H5418H4390H2491 10Then Ishmael made captives of the king’s daughters and the other people who had been left under Gedaliah’s care in Mizpah by Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard. Taking them with him, he started back toward the land of Ammon.H3458H7617H7611H5971H4709H4428H1323H5971H7604H4709H5018H7227H2876H6485H1436H1121H296H3458H1121H5418H7617H3212H5674H1121H5983 11But when Johanan son of Kareah and the other guerrilla leaders heard about Ishmael’s crimes,H3110H1121H7143H8269H2428H8085H7451H3458H1121H5418H6213 12they took all their men and set out to stop him. They caught up with him at the large pool near Gibeon.H3947H582H3212H3898H3458H1121H5418H4672H7227H4325H1391 13The people Ishmael had captured shouted for joy when they saw Johanan and the other guerrilla leaders.H5971H3458H7200H3110H1121H7143H8269H2428H8055 14And all the captives from Mizpah escaped and began to help Johanan.H5971H3458H7617H4709H5437H7725H3212H3110H1121H7143 15Meanwhile, Ishmael and eight of his men escaped from Johanan into the land of Ammon.H3458H1121H5418H4422H6440H3110H8083H582H3212H1121H5983 16Then Johanan son of Kareah and the other guerrilla leaders took all the people they had rescued in Gibeon - the soldiers, women, children, and court officials whom Ishmael had captured after he killed Gedaliah.H3947H3110H1121H7143H8269H2428H7611H5971H7725H3458H1121H5418H4709H310H5221H1436H1121H296H1397H582H4421H802H2945H5631H7725H1391 17They took them all to the village of Geruth-kimham near Bethlehem, where they prepared to leave for Egypt.H3212H3427H1628H3643H681H1035H3212H935H4714 18They were afraid of what the Babylonians would do when they heard that Ishmael had killed Gedaliah, the governor appointed by the Babylonian king.H6440H3778H3372H3458H1121H5418H5221H1436H1121H296H4428H894H6485H776


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