The wordwhichcame to Jeremiah from the LORDafter1Nebuzaradancaptain of the bodyguard had released him from 2Ramah, when he had taken him bound in 3chainsamongall the exiles of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon.
Now the captain of the bodyguard had takenJeremiah and said to him, "The 4LORD your Godpromisedthiscalamityagainstthisplace;
and the LORD has brought it on and donejust as He promised. Because you people 5sinned against the LORD and did not listen to His voice, therefore thisthing has happened to you.
"But now, behold, I am 6freeing you today from the chainswhich are on your hands. Ifayou would prefer to come with me to Babylon, come along, and I will blookafter you; but ifcyou would prefer not to come with me to Babylon, dnevermind. Look, the 7wholeland is before you; gowherever it seems good and right for you to go."
As eJeremiah was still not goingback, fhe said, "Go on back then to 8Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has 9appointed over the cities of Judah, and stay with him among the people; or else goanywhere it seems right for you to go." So the captain of the bodyguardgave him a 10ration and a 11gift and let him go.
Then Jeremiahwent to 12Mizpah to 13Gedaliah the son of Ahikam and stayed with him among the people who were left in the land.