Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, sent to Babylon the remnant of the population as well as those who had defected to him.
But Nebuzaradan left a few of the poorest people in Judah, and he assigned them fields and vineyards to care for.
King Nebuchadnezzar had told Nebuzaradan to find Jeremiah.
"See that he isn't hurt," he had said. "Look after him well, and give him anything he wants."
So Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, and Nebushazban, a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king's adviser, and the other officers of Babylon's king
sent messengers to bring Jeremiah out of the prison. They put him under the care of Gedaliah son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, who was to take him back to his home. So Jeremiah stayed in Judah among his own people.
The LORD had given the following message to Jeremiah while he was still in prison:
"Say to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, 'The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will do to this city everything I have threatened. I will send disaster, not prosperity. You will see its destruction,
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but I will rescue you from those you fear so much.
Because you trusted me, I will preserve your life and keep you safe. I, the LORD, have spoken!'"