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Now King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, as governor over the people whom he allowed to remain in the land of Judah. 1
However, Ahikam son of Shaphan 1 used his influence to keep Jeremiah from being handed over and executed by the people. 2
So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah 1 and lived there with him. He stayed there to live among the people who had been left in the land of Judah. 2
The king ordered Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant,
So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shullam son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, the supervisor of the wardrobe. 1 (She lived in Jerusalem in the Mishneh 2 district.) They stated their business, 3
The king ordered Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Abdon son of Micah, 1 Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant,
sent and had Jeremiah brought from the courtyard of the guardhouse. They turned him over to Gedaliah, 1 the son of Ahikam and the grandson of Shaphan, to take him home with him. 2 But Jeremiah stayed among the people. 3
Now some of the officers of the Judean army and their troops had been hiding in the countryside. They heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam to govern 1 the country. They also heard that he had been put in charge over the men, women, and children from the poorer classes of the land who had not been carried off into exile in Babylon. 2
Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, took an oath so as to give them and their troops some assurance of safety. 1 “Do not be afraid to submit to the Babylonians. 2 Settle down in the land and submit to the king of Babylon. Then things will go well for you.
Moreover, all the Judeans who were in Moab, Ammon, Edom, and all the other countries heard what had happened. They heard that the king of Babylon had allowed some people to stay in Judah and that he had appointed Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, to govern them.
They said to him, “Are you at all aware 1 that King Baalis of Ammon has sent Ishmael son of Nethaniah to kill you?” But Gedaliah son of Ahikam would not believe them.
But Gedaliah son of Ahikam said to Johanan son of Kareah, “Do not do that 1 because what you are saying about Ishmael is not true.” 2
But in the seventh month 1 Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama who was a member of the royal family and had been one of Zedekiah’s chief officers, came with ten of his men to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah. While they were eating a meal together with him there at Mizpah,
Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him stood up, pulled out their swords, and killed Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan. Thus Ishmael killed the man that the king of Babylon had appointed to govern the country.
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
They were afraid of what the Babylonians might do 1 because Ishmael son of Nethaniah had killed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed to govern the country.
They also led off all the men, women, children, and royal princesses 1 that Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, had left with Gedaliah, 2 the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan. This included the prophet Jeremiah and Baruch son of Neriah.
Before Jeremiah could turn to leave, the captain of the guard added, “Go back 1 to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon appointed to govern 2 the towns of Judah. Go back and live with him 3 among the people. Or go wherever else you choose.” Then the captain of the guard gave Jeremiah some food and a present and let him go.
Then Ishmael took captive all the people who were still left alive in Mizpah. This included the royal princesses 1 and all the rest of the people in Mizpah that Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, had put under the authority of Gedaliah son of Ahikam. Ishmael son of Nethaniah took all these people captive and set out to cross over to the Ammonites.
Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him led off all the people who had been left alive at Mizpah. They had rescued them from Ishmael son of Nethaniah after he killed Gedaliah son of Ahikam. They led off the men, women, children, soldiers, and court officials whom they had brought away from Gibeon.