1 The word that came to Yirmiyahu from Hashem, after Nebuzaradan, the chief of the guards, set him free at Rama, to which he had taken him, chained in fetters, among those from Yerushalayim and Yehuda who were being exiled to Babylon.
ha-da-VAR a-SHER ha-YAH el yir-m’-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-im vee-hu-DAH ha-mug-LEEM ba-VE-lah
40:1 Set him free at Rama
Although King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon orders his soldiers to treat Yirmiyahu with respect and consideration, only when the convoy reaches Rama, about nine kilometers north of Yerushalayim, does the Babylonian captain release him from his chains. According to Rashi, Yirmiyahu voluntarily fettered himself to the chains leading the exiles away from Israel in order to demonstrate his complete identification with his people and their suffering. Such is the characteristic of a true leader. Though mistreated and abused by them, Yirmiyahu still identifies with, and cares for, his people.