Warning against Going to Egypt1 Then all the ▼
▼ Or princescommanders of the forces b Johanan the son of Kareah, Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people c both small and great approached 2 and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Please let our d petition ▼
▼ Lit fallcome before you, and f pray for us to the Lord your God, that is for all this remnant; because we are left but a g few out of many, as your own eyes now see us, 3 that the Lord your God may tell us the h way in which we should walk and the thing that we should do.” 4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Behold, I am going to i pray to the Lord your God in accordance with your words; and I will tell you the whole ▼
▼ Lit wordmessage which the k Lord will answer you. I will l not keep back a word from you.” 5 Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the m Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with the whole ▼
▼ Lit wordmessage with which the Lord your God will send you to us. 6 “Whether it is ▼
▼ Lit goodpleasant or ▼
▼ Lit evilunpleasant, we will q listen to the voice of the Lord our God to whom we are sending you, so that it may go r well with us when we listen to the voice of the Lord our God.” 7 Now at the s end of ten days the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. 8 Then he called for Johanan the son of Kareah and all the ▼
▼ Or princescommanders of the forces that were with him, and for all the people both small and great, 9 and said to them, “Thus u says the Lord the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition before Him: 10 ‘If you will indeed stay in this land, then I will v build you up and not tear you down, and I will plant you and not uproot you; for I ▼
▼ Or shall have changed my mind aboutwill x relent concerning the calamity that I have inflicted on you. 11 ‘ y Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you are now fearing; do not be afraid of him,’ declares the Lord, ‘for z I am with you to save you and deliver you from his hand. 12 ‘I will also show you compassion, so that aa he will have compassion on you and restore you to your own soil. 13 ‘But if you are going to say, “We will ab not stay in this land,” so as not to listen to the voice of the Lord your God, 14 saying, “No, but we will ac go to the land of Egypt, where we will not see war or ad hear the sound of a trumpet or hunger for bread, and we will stay there”; 15 then ▼
▼ Lit now thereforein that case listen to the word of the Lord, O remnant of Judah. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “If you really set your ▼
▼ Lit facemind to enter ag Egypt and go in to reside there, 16 then the ah sword, which you are afraid of, will overtake you there in the land of Egypt; and the famine, about which you are anxious, will follow closely after you there in Egypt, and you will die there. 17 “So all the men who set their ▼
▼ Lit facemind to go to Egypt to reside there will die by the aj sword, by famine and by pestilence; and they will ak have no survivors or refugees from the calamity that I am going to bring on them.”’” 18 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “As My al anger and wrath have been poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so My wrath will be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. And you will become a am curse, an object of horror, an imprecation and a reproach; and an you will see this place no more.” 19 The Lord has spoken to you, O remnant of Judah, “Do not ao go into Egypt!” You should clearly ap understand that today I have aq testified against you. 20 For you have only ▼
▼ Or acted errantly in your souls, as deceived yourselves; for it is you who sent me to the Lord your God, saying, “Pray for us to the Lord our God; and whatever the Lord our God says, tell us so, and we will do it.” 21 So I have at told you today, but you have au not ▼
▼ Lit listened to the voice ofobeyed the Lord your God, even in whatever He has sent me to tell you. 22 Therefore you should now clearly understand that you will aw die by the sword, by famine and by pestilence, in the ax place where you wish to go to reside.
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