41:6 Ishmael son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them. He was pretending to cry 1 as he walked along. When he met them, he said to them, “Come with me to meet Gedaliah son of Ahikam.” 2 41:7 But as soon as they were inside the city, Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the men who were with him slaughtered them and threw their bodies 3 in a cistern.
1 tn Heb “he was weeping/crying.” The translation is intended to better reflect the situation.
2 tn Heb “Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam.” The words that are supplied in the translation are implicit to the situation and are added for clarity.
3 tn The words “and threw their bodies” result from the significant use of the preposition אֶל (’el, so GKC 384 §119.gg and BDB 39 s.v. אֶל 1). Hence the suggestion in BHS (fn a) that the Syriac and two Greek