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The word that came to Yirmeyahu from YHWH after Nebuzaradan, chief of the guard, had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him bound in chains among all the exiles from Yerushalayim and Yehudah, who were being exiled to Babel.
And the chief of the guard took Yirmeyahu and said to him, ' YHWH your Elohim has spoken this evil on this place.
'And YHWH has brought it on, and has done, as He has said. Because you have sinned against YHWH, and did not obey His voice, therefore this matter has come upon you.
'And now, see, I loosen you today from the chains that were on your hand. If it seems good to you to come with me to Babel, come, and I shall look after you. But if it seems wrong for you to come with me to Babel, remain here. See, all the land is before you, go wherever it seems good and right for you to go.'
And before he replied, Nebuzaradan said, 'Or go back to Gedalyah son of Ahiqam, son of Shaphan, whom the sovereign of Babel has made governor over the cities of Yehudah, and dwell with him among the people, or go wherever it seems right for you to go.' And the chief of the guard gave him provisions and a gift and let him go.
So Yirmeyahu went to Gedalyah son of Ahiqam, to Mitspah, and dwelt with him among the people who were left in the land.
And all the commanders of the armies who were in the fields, they and their men, heard that the sovereign of Babel had made Gedalyahu son of Ahiqam governor in the land, and had put him in charge of the men, and women, and children, and the poor of the land who had not been exiled to Babel.
So they came to Gedalyah at Mitspah - Yishma'el the son of Nethanyahu, and Yohanan and Yonathan the sons of Qareah, and Serayah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ophai the Netophathite and Yezanyahu the son of a Ma'akathite, they and their men.
And Gedalyahu son of Ahiqam, son of Shaphan, swore to them and their men, saying, 'Do not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land and serve the sovereign of Babel, and it shall be well with you.
'And I, see, I am dwelling at Mitspah, to serve the Chaldeans who come to us. But you, gather wine and summer fruit and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities which you have taken.'
Also, when all the Yehudim who were in Mo'ab, and among the Ammonites, and in Edom, and who were in all the lands, heard that the sovereign of Babel had left a remnant of Yehudah, and that he had set over them Gedalyahu son of Ahiqam, son of Shaphan,
then all the Yehudim returned from all the places where they had been driven, and came to the land of Yehudah, to Gedalyahu at Mitspah, and gathered wine and summer fruit in large quantities.
And Yohanan son of Qareah and all the commanders of the army that were in the fields came to Gedalyahu at Mitspah,
and they said to him, 'Do you know that Ba'alis sovereign of the Ammonites has sent Yishma'el son of Nethanyah to take your life?' But Gedalyahu son of Ahiqam would not believe them.
Then Yohanan son of Qareah spoke secretly to Gedalyahu in Mitspah, saying, 'Please let me go and smite Yishma'el son of Nethanyah, without anyone knowing it. Why should he murder you, and so let all the Yehudim who are gathered to you be scattered, and the remnant in Yehudah perish?'
But Gedalyahu son of Ahiqam said to Yohanan son of Qareah, 'Do not do this matter, for what you are saying about Yishma'el is not true.'