Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard carried into exile to Babylon the people who remained in the city, along with those who had gone over to him,1 and the rest of the people.210
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 harm3 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 officers4 of the king of Babylon
sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard.5 They turned him over to Gedaliah6 son of Ahikam,7 the son of Shaphan,8 to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.915
While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him:
"Go and tell Ebed-Melech10 the Cushite, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words11 against this city through disaster,12 not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.
But I will rescue13 you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be handed over to those you fear.
I will save14 you; you will not fall by the sword15 but will escape with your life,16 because you trust17 in me, declares the LORD.' "