Jeremiah chapter 41

An assassin kills Governor Gedaliah. And kills seventy men who had cut themselves. And takes everybody else hostage. But Johanan rises up and rescues them.

 


 

AN ASSASSIN KILLS GOVERNOR GEDALIAH

 

VERSE 1. Now in the seventh month, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal offspring and one of the chief officers of the king, and ten men with him, came to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they ate bread together in Mizpah.

in the seventh month. Ishmael came to Gedaliah in the seventh month. In our calendar that would be September-October.

ten men with him. This is a band of cutthroats.

 

VERSE 2. Then Ishmael the son of Nethaniah arose, and the ten men who were with him, and struck Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword and killed him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.

struck Gedaliah … and killed him. Ishmael had brought ten men with him. He was an assassin, and so were they.

 

VERSE 3. Ishmael also killed all the Jews who were with him, with Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Kasdim who were found there, the men of war.

killed all the Jews who were with him. The assassins slaughtered a whole crowd of Jewish people. This is a hate crime.

 

VERSE 4. The second day after he had killed Gedaliah, and no man knew it,

 

VERSE 5. men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even eighty men, having their beards shaved and their clothes torn, and having cut themselves, with meal offerings and frankincense in their hand, to bring them to the LORD’s house.

having cut themselves. Each year, thousands of Shia Muslim men mark the Day of Ashura by cutting themselves with swords, knives and sharp chains. We wonder if their practice of cutting themselves is rooted in this verse.

eighty men. They were on a holy pilgrimage to Jerusalem from Northern Kingdom of Israel. They are evidence that at least some of King Josiah’s reforms had a lasting impact.

 

VERSE 6. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went: and as he met them, he said to them, “Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam.”

weeping all along as he went. Ishmael’s tears are a fraud.

 

VERSE 7. It was so, when they came into the middle of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah killed them, and cast them into the middle of the pit, he, and the men who were with him.

Ishmael … killed them. Ismael and his band of cutthroats slaughtered 70 of the 80 men and threw their bodies into a cistern.

 

VERSE 8. But ten men were found among those who said to Ishmael, “Don’t kill us; for we have stores hidden in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey.” So he stopped, and didn’t kill them among their brothers.

 

VERSE 9. Now the pit in which Ishmael cast all the dead bodies of the men whom he had killed, by the side of Gedaliah (this was that which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel), Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with those who were killed.

 

VERSE 10. Then Ishmael carried away captive all of the people who were left in Mizpah, even the king’s daughters, and all the people who remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the children of Ammon.

carried away captive all of the people who were left. Ismael made captives of all the rest of the people in Mizpah. Jeremiah was almost certainly included among the captives.

the king’s daughters. What does the Book of Jeremiah say about women? Here are all the verses we found in Jeremiah that mention a woman. Read more »

 

JOHANAN RESCUES THE HOSTAGES

 

VERSE 11. But when Yochanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done,

Yochanan. In American English, this name is usually spelled “Johanan.”

 

VERSE 12. then they took all the men, and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and found him by the great waters that are in Gibeon.

went to fight with Ishmael. Johanan had gathered a group of warriors to go rescue the captives.

 

VERSE 13. Now when all the people who were with Ishmael saw Yochanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, then they were glad.

they were glad. These hostages realized they would be rescued.

 

VERSE 14. So all the people who Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah turned about and came back, and went to Yochanan the son of Kareah.

 

VERSE 15. But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Yochanan with eight men, and went to the children of Ammon.

 

VERSE 16. Then Yochanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces who were with him took all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after he had killed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the men of war, with the women, the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought back from Gibeon.

the women. What does the Book of Jeremiah say about women? Here are all the verses we found in Jeremiah that mention a woman. Read more »

 

VERSE 17. They departed and lived in Geruth Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt

 

VERSE 18. because of the Kasdim; for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had killed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor over the land.

 


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