The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had released him at Ramah.1 He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among all the captives2 from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon.
When the commander3 of the guard found Jeremiah, he said to him, "The LORD your God decreed4 this disaster5 for this place.63
And now the LORD has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned7 against the LORD and did not obey8 him.
But today I am freeing9 you from the chains10 on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don't come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please."115
However, before Jeremiah turned to go,a Nebuzaradan added, "Go back to Gedaliah12 son of Ahikam,13 the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed14 over the towns15 of Judah, and live with him among the people, or go anywhere else you please."16 Then the commander gave him provisions and a present17 and let him go.
So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah18 and stayed with him among the people who were left behind in the land.