1 The word which came to Yirmiyahu from Hashem, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all the captives of Yerushalayim and Yehudah, that were carried away captive unto Bavel.
ha-da-VAR a-SHER ha-YAH el yir-mi-YA-hu may-AYT a-do-NAI a-KHAR sha-LAKH o-TO n’-vu-zar-a-DAN rav ta-ba-KHEEM min ha-ra-MAH b’-kakh-TO o-TO v’-HU a-SUR ba-zi-KEEM b’-TOKH kol ga-LUT y’-ru-sha-LA-yim vee-hu-DAH ha-mug-LEEM ba-VE-lah
א הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר הָיָה אֶל יִרְמְיָהוּ מֵאֵת יְהוָה אַחַר שַׁלַּח אֹתוֹ נְבוּזַרְאֲדָן רַב טַבָּחִים מִן הָרָמָה בְּקַחְתּוֹ אֹתוֹ וְהוּא אָסוּר בָּאזִקִּים בְּתוֹךְ כָּל גָּלוּת יְרוּשָׁלִַם וִיהוּדָה הַמֻּגְלִים בָּבֶלָה.
40:1 Let him go from Ramah
Although King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon orders his soldiers to treat Jeremiah with respect and consideration, only when the convoy reaches Ramah, about 9 kilometers north of Jerusalem, does the captain release him from his chains. According to rabbinic legend, Jeremiah voluntarily fettered himself to the chains leading the exiles away from Israel in order to demonstrate his complete identification with his people in their sufferings. Such is the characteristic of a true leader. Though mistreated and abused, he still identifies with and cares for his people.
2 And the captain of the guard took Yirmiyahu, and said unto him: ‘Hashem thy God pronounced this evil upon this place;
ב וַיִּקַּח רַב טַבָּחִים לְיִרְמְיָהוּ וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ דִּבֶּר אֶת הָרָעָה הַזֹּאת אֶל הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה.
3 and Hashem hath brought it, and done according as He spoke; because ye have sinned against Hashem, and have not hearkened to His voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.
ג וַיָּבֵא וַיַּעַשׂ יְהוָה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֵּר כִּי חֲטָאתֶם לַיהוָה וְלֹא שְׁמַעְתֶּם בְּקוֹלוֹ וְהָיָה לָכֶם דבר (הַדָּבָר) הַזֶּה.
4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which are upon thy hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Bavel, come, and I will look well unto thee; but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Bavel, forbear; behold, all the land is before thee; whither it seemeth good and right unto thee to go, thither go.–
ד וְעַתָּה הִנֵּה פִתַּחְתִּיךָ הַיּוֹם מִן הָאזִקִּים אֲשֶׁר עַל יָדֶךָ אִם טוֹב בְּעֵינֶיךָ לָבוֹא אִתִּי בָבֶל בֹּא וְאָשִׂים אֶת עֵינִי עָלֶיךָ וְאִם רַע בְּעֵינֶיךָ לָבוֹא אִתִּי בָבֶל חֲדָל רְאֵה כָּל הָאָרֶץ לְפָנֶיךָ אֶל טוֹב וְאֶל הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֶיךָ לָלֶכֶת שָׁמָּה לֵךְ.
5 Yet he would not go back.–Go back then to Gedaliah the son of Achikam, the son of Shafan, whom the king of Bavel hath made governor over the cities of Yehudah, and dwell with him among the people; or go wheresoever it seemeth right unto thee to go.’ So the captain of the guard gave him an allowance and a present, and let him go.
7 Now when all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Bavel had made Gedaliah the son of Achikam governor in the land, and had committed unto him men, and women, and children, and of the poorest of the land, of them that were not carried away captive to Bavel.
8 then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Yishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Yochanan and Yonatan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men.
9 And Gedaliah the son of Achikam the son of Shafan swore unto them and to their men, saying: ‘Fear not to serve the Chaldeans; dwell in the land, and serve the king of Bavel, and it shall be well with you.
10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to stand before the Chaldeans that may come unto us; but ye, gather ye wine and summer fruits and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken.’
י וַאֲנִי הִנְנִי יֹשֵׁב בַּמִּצְפָּה לַעֲמֹד לִפְנֵי הַכַּשְׂדִּים אֲשֶׁר יָבֹאוּ אֵלֵינוּ וְאַתֶּם אִסְפוּ יַיִן וְקַיִץ וְשֶׁמֶן וְשִׂמוּ בִּכְלֵיכֶם וּשְׁבוּ בְּעָרֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר תְּפַשְׂתֶּם.
11 Likewise when all the Jews that were in Moav, and among the children of Amon, and in Edom, and that were in all the countries, heard that the king of Bavel had left a remnant of Yehudah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah the son of Achikam, the son of Shafan;
15 Then Yochanan the son of Kareah spoke to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, saying: ‘Let me go, I pray thee, and I will slay Yishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no man shall know it; wherefore should he take thy life, that all the Jews that are gathered unto thee should be scattered, and the remnant of Yehudah perish?’