He went down to the chamber of the royal secretary in the king’s palace and found all the court officials in session there. Elishama 1 the royal secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor, 2 Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials were seated there.
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
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.
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 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.
Seventy men from the elders of the house of Israel 1 (with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan standing among them) were standing in front of them, each with a censer in his hand, and fragrant 2 vapors from a cloud of incense were swirling upward.
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.