Flight to Egypt (continued)
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 unto the greatest,
42:2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech
thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for
us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we
are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)
42:3 That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we
may walk, and the thing that we may do.
42:4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard
you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to
your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing
the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto 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 the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to
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 God.
42:7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of
the LORD came unto Jeremiah.
42:8 Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the
captains of the forces which were with him, and all the
people from the least even to the greatest,
42:9 And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of
Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication
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 me of the evil that I have
done unto you.
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 shew mercies unto 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 have hunger of 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 there;
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, whereof 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
42:18 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
As mine 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 this day.
42:20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me
unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD
our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall
say, so declare unto 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 the which he hath sent me unto 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.