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The day after Gedaliah was murdered, before anyone knew about it, eighty men came to Mizpah bringing grain offerings and incense to the Temple of the Lord. Those men from Shechem, Shiloh, and Samaria had shaved off their beards, torn their clothes, and cut themselves.[a] Ishmael son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them, crying as he walked. When he met them, he said, “Come with me to meet Gedaliah son of Ahikam.”

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  1. 41:5 shaved . . . themselves The men did this to show they were sad about the Temple in Jerusalem being destroyed.

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