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4-5 The day after Gedaliah was murdered, 80 men came to Mizpah. They were bringing grain offerings and incense to the Lord’s Temple. They had shaved off their beards, torn their clothes, and cut themselves.[a] They came from Shechem, Shiloh, and Samaria. None of these men knew that Gedaliah had been murdered. Ishmael left Mizpah and went to meet the 80 men. He cried[b] while he walked out to meet them. Ishmael met them and said, “Come with me to meet with Gedaliah son of Ahikam.”

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  1. Jeremiah 41:4 shaved … cut themselves The men did this to show that they were sad about the destruction of the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem.
  2. Jeremiah 41:6 He cried Ishmael was acting like he was sad about the destruction of the Temple.

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