2 Kings 25:22-30

Gedaliah rules Judah

22 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon chose Gedaliah, to have authority to rule the people who were still in Judah. Gedaliah was the son of Ahikam and the grandson of Shaphan.

23 The officers of Zedekiah's army and their men heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah ruler of Judah. So they went to meet Gedaliah at Mizpah. The army officers were:

  • Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah.
  • Johanan, the son of Kareah.
  • Seraiah, the son of Tanhumeth, who came from Netophah.
  • Jaazaniah, the son of a descendant of Maakah.
  • 24 Gedaliah promised that these officers would be safe, as well as the men who were with them. He said to them, ‘Do not be afraid of the rulers of Babylon. Make your homes here in our land, but agree to serve the king of Babylon. Then you will not have any problems.’

    25 But in the seventh month of that year, Ishmael went to Mizpah with ten of his men. Ishmael was the son of Nethaniah and the grandson of Elishama, who belonged to the king's family. They murdered Gedaliah, and the other men who were with him in Mizpah. Some of those men were from Judah and some of them were from Babylon. 26 When that happened, all the people of Judah ran away to Egypt. They included the army officers, as well as ordinary people and important people. They were all afraid that the people of Babylon would come to punish them.

    27 37 years after King Jehoiachin of Judah had gone as a prisoner to Babylon, Evil-Merodach became the king of Babylon. On the 27th day of the 12th month, he took Jehoiachin out from his prison so that he became free. 28 King Evil-Merodach spoke in a kind way to Jehoiachin. He gave him more honour than the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 Jehoiachin no longer had to wear the clothes of a prisoner. Every day until he died, he ate a meal at the king's table in Babylon. 30 The king of Babylon gave Jehoiachin everything that he needed each day for the rest of his life.