Ishmael, treacherously killing Gedaliah and others, purposeth with the residue to flee unto the Ammonites.
Jeremiah 41:1 Bvt in the seuenth Moneth it happened, that Ismael the sonne of Nathaniah the sonne of Elisama (one of the kinges bloude) came wyth them that were greatest about the king and ten men that were sworne with him: vnto Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam to Mazphah, & ate there together. Jeremiah 41:2 And Ismael the sonne of Nathaniah with those ten men that were sworne to him, starte vp, and smote Godoliah the sonne of Ahiram the sonne of Saphan with the swerde, and slewe hym, whome the kinge of Babylon had made gouernoure of the lande. Jeremiah 41:3 Ismael also slewe al the Iewes, that were wtth Godoliah at Mazphah, & all the Caldees that he founde there waytynge vpon him. Jeremiah 41:4 The next daye after that he had slaine Godoliah (the matter was yet vnknowne) Jeremiah 41:5 there came certayne men from Sichem, from Siloh and Samaria, to the nombre of .lxxx. whiche had shauen their beardes, rent their clothes, and were al heauy, bringyng meatofferynges, and incense in their handes, to offre it in the house of the Lord. Jeremiah 41:6 And Ismael the sonne of Nathaniah went forth of Mazphah wepynge, to mete them. Nowe when he met them, he sayde: Go youre waye to Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam. Jeremiah 41:7 And when they came in the middest of the city, Ismael þe sonne of Nathaniah (with them that were sworne vnto him) slewe them, euen at the myddest of the pyt. Jeremiah 41:8 Amonge these .lxxx. men there were ten, that sayde vnto Ismael: Oh slay vs not, for we haue yet a great treasure in the feld, of wheat barleye, oyle, and honye. So he spared them, and slewe them not with their brethren. Jeremiah 41:9 Now þe pit, wherin Ismael dyd cast the dead bodies of the men (whome he slewe because of Godoliah) had Kynge Asa caused to be made, for feare of Baasa the Kynge of Israell, and the same pyt did Ismaell fyll wyth slayne men. Jeremiah 41:10 As for the remnaunte of the people the kynges doughters and all the people that were yet let at Mazphah, vpon whom Nabuzaradan the chefe Captayne had made Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam gouernoure. Ismaell the sonne of Nathaniah caryed them awaye presoners toward the Ammonites.
Johanan recovereth the captives, and mindeth to flee into Egypt.
Jeremiah 41:11 But when Iohanan the sonne of Careah and all they whyche had bene captaynes ouer the kynges Hoste wyth him, hearde of all the wickednes that Ismael þe sonne of Nathaniah had done, Jeremiah 41:12 they toke their companions, and wente oute for to fyght wyth Ismael the sonne of Nathaniah, and founde hym by the waters of Rabim in Gabaon. Jeremiah 41:13 Now when all the people, whowe Ismael led captyue, sawe Iohanan the sonne of Careah, and al the other captaynes of the Hoste, they were glad. Jeremiah 41:14 So all the people of that Ismael had caryed away from Mazphah, were broughte agayne. And when they returned, they came to Iohanan the sonne of Careah. Jeremiah 41:15 But Ismaell the sonne of Nathaniah fled from Iohanan with eyght of hys sworne companyons, and went to the Ammonites. Jeremiah 41:16 Then Iohanan the sonne of Careah & al the captaynes of the Host that were wt hym, toke the remnaunt of the people whome Ismael the sonne of Nathaniah had led awaye (When he had slayne Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam) whome they also had rescued from him: fighting men, wemen and children, and gelded men, whom they brought agayn from Gabaon: Jeremiah 41:17 & wente from thence, & sat them doune at Geruth Camain, whyche lieth beside Bethlehem, that they might go into Egipte, for feare of the Caldees, Jeremiah 41:18 of whome they were afrayed, because that Ismael the sonne of Nathaniah had slaine Godoliah Ahikams sonne, whom the king of Babilon had made gouernoure in the lande.