and also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malkijah, Elam, and Ezer. The choirs sang loudly 1 under the direction of Jezrahiah.
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
From the time 1 Potiphar 2 appointed him over his household and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed 3 the Egyptian’s household for Joseph’s sake. The blessing of the Lord was on everything that he had, both 4 in his house and in his fields. 5
Now the king had placed the officer who was his right-hand man 1 at the city gate. When the people rushed out, they trampled him to death in the gate. 2 This fulfilled the prophet’s word which he had spoken when the king tried to arrest him. 3
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.
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.
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.
All of the officers of the Judahite army 1 and their troops heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah to govern. So they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah. The officers who came were Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan son of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah son of the Maacathite.
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.