41:1 Now it came to pass in the a seventh month, [that] Ishmael the son of Nethaniah the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, and the princes of the b king, even ten men with him, came to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they c ate bread together in Mizpah.
(a) The city was destroyed in the fourth month
and in the seventh month, which contained part of September and part of
October, the governor Gedaliah was slain.
(b) Meaning, Zedekiah.
(c) They ate together as familiar friends.
That there came men from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, [even] eighty
men, having their beards shaven, and their clothes torn, and having cut
themselves, with d offerings and incense
in their hand, to bring [them] to the house of the LORD.
(d) For they thought that the temple had not been
destroyed and therefore came up to the feast of tabernacles but hearing of the
burning of it in the way, they showed these signs of sorrow.
41:6 And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went forth
from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went: and it came to pass, as
he met them, he said to them, Come e to
Gedaliah the son of Ahikam.
(e) For his death was kept secret, and he
pretended that he lamented for the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple but
later slew them when they seemed to favour Gedaliah.
Now the pit into which Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the men, whom he
had slain because of Gedaliah, [was] that which Asa the king had f
made for fear of Baasha king of Israel: [and] Ishmael the son of Nethaniah
filled it with [them that were] slain.
(f) Asa fortified Mizpah for fear of the enemy,
and dug ditches and trenches, (1 Kings
41:11 But when Johanan the
son of Kareah, and all the g captains of
the forces that [were] with him, heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of
Nethaniah had done,
(g) Who had been captains under Zedekiah.
But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men, and went
to the h Ammonites.
(h) For Baalis the king of the Ammonites was the
cause of this murder.
41:17 And they departed,
and dwelt in the habitation of i Chimham,
which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,
(i) Which place David of old had given to Chimham
the son of Barzillai the Gileadite, (2 Samuel