Jeremiah 40:1-6 (Lexham English Bible)

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Jeremiah Decides to Remain in the Land

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh after Nebuzaradan, [the] captain of [the] guard,a had let him go from Ramah, {where he had been taken}b bound in chains in the midst of all the exilesc of Jerusalem and Judah who were being deported [to] Babylon. 2 And [the] captain of [the] guardd took Jeremiah and said to him, "Yahweh your God threatened this disaster to this place, 3 and [now] he has brought [it about],e and Yahweh has done {just as}f he threatened. Because you sinned against Yahweh and did not listen to his voice, so this thing [has] happened to you. 4 And so then look, I have released you {today}g from the chains that [were] on your hands.h If it is good in your eyes to come with me [to] Babylon, [then] come, and {I will take care of you}.i But if it is bad in your eyes to come with me [to] Babylon, [then] refrain. Look, the whole land [is] {before you}.j To [wherever it is] good and right in your eyes to go, [then] go there." 5 While he still had not turned back, [Nebuzaradan] added, "Return to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed [in an official position] over the towns of Judah, and stay with him in the midst of the people. Or to [wherever it is] right in your eyes to go, [then] go [there]."k Then [the] captain of [the] guardl gave him an allowance of provisions and a present, and let him go. 6 So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, [at] Mizpah and stayed with him in the midst of the people who were left in the land.
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