Now pay attention: Today I am setting you free from the chains that were on your hands.(A) If it pleases you to come with me to Babylon, come, and I will take care of you. But if it seems wrong to you to come with me to Babylon, go no farther.[a] Look—the whole land is in front of you.(B) Wherever it seems good and right for you to go, go there.” When Jeremiah had not yet turned to go, Nebuzaradan said to him: “Return[b] to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the cities of Judah, and stay with him among the people or go wherever you want to go.” So the captain of the guard gave him a ration(C) and a gift(D) and released him. Jeremiah therefore went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah,(E) and he stayed with him among the people who remained in the land.

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  1. Jeremiah 40:4 Lit Babylon, stop
  2. Jeremiah 40:5 LXX reads But if not, run, return; Hb obscure

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