Jeremiah 43

Jeremiah Taken to Egypt

1When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all these words of the Lord their God, with which the Lord their God had sent him to them, 2Azariah the son of aHoshaiah and bJohanan the son of Kareah and call the insolent men said to Jeremiah, “You are telling a lie. The Lord our God did not send you to say, d‘Do not go to Egypt to live there,’ 3but eBaruch the son of Neriah fhas set you against us, gto deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may kill us or take us into exile in Babylon.” 4So hJohanan the son of Kareah and all ithe commanders of the forces and all the people did not obey the voice of the Lord, to remain in the land of Judah. 5But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces took jall the remnant of Judah who had returned to live in the land of Judah from all the nations to which they had been driven 6 kthe men, the women, the children, lthe princesses, and every person whom mNebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with nGedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan; also Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch the son of Neriah. 7And they came into the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the Lord. And they arrived at oTahpanhes.

8Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah in pTahpanhes: 9Take in your hands large stones and hide them in the mortar in the pavement that is at the entrance to Pharaoh’s palace in qTahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah, 10and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, rmy servant, sand I will set his throne above these stones that I have hidden, and he will spread his royal canopy over them. 11He shall come tand strike the land of Egypt, ugiving over to the pestilence those who are doomed to the pestilence, to captivity those who are doomed to captivity, and to the sword those who are doomed to the sword. 12 vI shall kindle a fire win the temples of the gods of Egypt, and he shall burn them xand carry them away captive. yAnd he shall clean the land of Egypt zas a shepherd cleans his cloak of vermin, and he shall go away from there in peace. 13He shall break the aaobelisks of Heliopolis, which is in the land of Egypt, aband the temples of the gods of Egypt he shall burn with fire.’”

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