Jeremiah 42 ©

1 Johanan and the other captains desire Jeremiah to enquire of God for them, promising implicit obedience to his directions. 7 Jeremiah assureth them of safety in Judea, but of destruction in Egypt: 19 he reproveth their hypocrisy in asking counsel of God, which they meant not to follow.


THEN all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and aJezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, bcame near,


And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication 1be accepted before thee, and cpray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but da few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)


That the LORD thy God emay shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing fthat we may do.


Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I gwill pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that hwhatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.


Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be ia 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 us.


Whether it be jgood, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; kthat it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.


¶And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah.


Then called he lJohanan 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,


And said unto them, mThus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;


If ye will still abide in this land, nthen will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for oI repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.


pBe 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.


And I will shew mercies unto you, qthat he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.


¶But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, rneither obey the voice of the LORD your God,


Saying, No; sbut 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:


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 twholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to *sojourn there;


Then it shall come to pass, that uthe sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall 2follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.


So shall 3it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to *sojourn there; vthey 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.


For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As mine anger and my fury whath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt: and xye shall be an *execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more.


¶The LORD hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; yGo ye not into Egypt: know certainly zthat I have 4admonished you this day.


For 5ye adissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, bPray 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.

b v.2.

And now cI have this day declared it to you; dbut ye have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you.


Now therefore know certainly ethat ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the fplace whither ye desire 6to go and to *sojourn.

f Ho. 9.6.