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The Massacre of the Mourners

And then[a] on the second day of the killing of Gedaliah—and no one[b] knew— then men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, eighty men with shaven beards[c] and torn garments, who had cut themselves with blades, having[d] grain offerings[e] and frankincense in their hands[f] to bring to the temple[g] of Yahweh. And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah came out to meet them from Mizpah, weeping as he came.[h] And then[i] as he was meeting them, he said to them, “Come to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam.”

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  1. Jeremiah 41:4 Literally “And it was”
  2. Jeremiah 41:4 Literally “not a man”
  3. Jeremiah 41:5 Hebrew “beard”
  4. Jeremiah 41:5 Literally “and”
  5. Jeremiah 41:5 Hebrew “grain offering”
  6. Jeremiah 41:5 Hebrew “hand”
  7. Jeremiah 41:5 Literally “house”
  8. Jeremiah 41:6 Literally “coming he came and weeping”
  9. Jeremiah 41:6 Literally “And it was”