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2 Kings 25:22-26 & Jeremiah 40:7-41:18


After deoculating Zedekiah, Ned appoints another Jew, Gedaliah, to be governor over his new land.  According to my study Bible, there was a faction that hoped that Gedaliah would lead a revolt against Ned (seeing how well that went for Zedekiah, apparently).  Most of these were mollified by Gedaliah’s assurances that he would represent them well to Ned and by the growing prosperity and economic recovery in Judah under Gedaliah.  Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, however, remained vengeful and, with the support of Baalis, the king of the Ammonites, he assassinated Gedaliah and fled to the protection of the Ammonites.  Unable to capture Ishmael, and afraid of Ned’s anger and punishment for the murder of his appointed governor, many of the remaining local leaders fled with their families to Egypt.


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