42:1 Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of
Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people
from the least even to the greatest, came near.
42:2 And said to Jeremiah the prophet, We beseech thee, let our
supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us to the
LORD thy God, [even] for all this remnant; (for we are left
[but] a few of many, as thy eyes do behold us:)
42:3 That the LORD thy God may show us the way in which we may
walk, and the thing that we may do.
42:4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, I have heard [you];
behold, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your
words; and it shall come to pass, [that] whatever thing the
LORD shall answer you, I will declare [it] to you; I will keep
nothing back from you.
42:5 Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful
witness between us, if we do not even according to all things
for which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.
42:6 Whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil, we will obey
the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it
may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our
42:7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the
LORD came to Jeremiah.
42:8 Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the
captains of the forces who [were] with him, and all the people
from the least even to the greatest,
42:9 And said to them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel,
to whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;
42:10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build
you, and not pull [you] down, and I will plant you, and not
pluck [you] up: for I repent of the evil that I have done to
42:11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are
afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD; for I [am] with
you, to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.
42:12 And I will show mercies to you, that he may have mercy
upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.
42:13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither
obey the voice of the LORD your God,
42:14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where
we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor
hunger for bread; and there will we dwell:
42:15 And now therefore hear the word of the LORD, ye remnant of
Judah; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye
wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn
42:16 Then it shall come to pass, [that] the sword, which ye
feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the
famine of which ye were afraid, shall follow close after you
there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.
42:17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go
into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by
the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall
remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.
42:18 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As my
anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants
of Jerusalem: so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when
ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and
an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see
this place no more.
42:19 The LORD hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah;
Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you
42:20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me to the
LORD your God, saying, Pray for us to the LORD our God; and
according to all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare to
us, and we will do [it].
42:21 And [now] I have this day declared [it] to you; but ye
have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any [thing]
for which he hath sent me to you.
42:22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the
sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place
whither ye desire to go [and] to sojourn.