Ishmael kills Gedaliah at Mizpah (Jer 41:2-41:3)

“Ishmael,

The son of Nethaniah,

With his ten men

Got up.

They struck down

Governor Gedaliah,

The son of Ahikam,

The son of Shaphan,

With the sword.

They killed him.

Because the king of Babylon

Had appointed him

Governor in the land.

Ishmael also killed

All the Judeans

Who were with

Governor Gedaliah

At Mizpah.

They also killed

The Chaldean soldiers

Who happened to be there.”

This is similar to 2 Kings, chapter 25. As they were eating, Ishmael rose up against Governor Gedaliah and killed him with a sword. Ishmael was mad, either because he was passed over by not being named governor or at the Babylonians for taking his king, King Zedekiah. Either way, he and his 10 men killed everyone that was with Governor Gedaliah at Mizpah, both all the Judeans and the Chaldean soldiers who happened to be there.

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