But Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people, who owned nothing; and at that time he gave them vineyards and fields.
Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had given these orders about Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard:
"Take him and look after him; don't harm1 him but do for him whatever he asks."
So Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard, Nebushazban a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officers2 of the king of Babylon
sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard.3 They turned him over to Gedaliah4 son of Ahikam,5 the son of Shaphan,6 to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.715
While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him:
"Go and tell Ebed-Melech8 the Cushite, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words9 against this city through disaster,10 not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.
But I will rescue11 you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be handed over to those you fear.
I will save12 you; you will not fall by the sword13 but will escape with your life,14 because you trust15 in me, declares the LORD.' "