Johanan desireth Jeremiah to enquire of God, promising obedience to his will.
Jeremiah 42:1 Then all the captaines of the forces, and Iohanan the sonne of Kareah, and Iezaniah the sonne of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least euen vnto the greatest, came neere, Jeremiah 42:2 And said vnto Ieremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for vs vnto the LORD thy God, [euen] for all this remnant (for we are left [but] a few of many, as thine eies do behold vs) Jeremiah 42:3 That the LORD thy God may shew vs the way wherein we may walke, and the thing that we may doe. Jeremiah 42:4 Then Ieremiah the prophet sayd vnto them, I haue heard [you]; behold, I will pray vnto the LORD your God, according to your words, and it shall come to passe [that] whatsoeuer thing the LORD shall answere you, I will declare [it] vnto you: I will keepe nothing backe from you. Jeremiah 42:5 Then they sayd to Ieremiah, The LORD be a true and faithfull witnesse betweene vs, if we doe not, euen according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to vs. Jeremiah 42:6 Whether it [be] good, or whether it [be] euill, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee, that it may be well with vs, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.
Jeremiah assureth him of safety in Judaea,
Jeremiah 42:7 And it came to passe after tenne dayes, that the word of the LORD came vnto Ieremiah. Jeremiah 42:8 Then called hee Iohanan the sonne of Kareah, and all the captaines of the forces which [were] with him, and all the people, from the least, euen to the greatest, Jeremiah 42:9 And said vnto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, vnto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him: Jeremiah 42:10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull [you] downe, and I will plant you, and not plucke [you] vp: for I repent mee of the euill, that I haue done vnto you. Jeremiah 42:11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom yee are afraid: be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I [am] with you to saue you, and to deliuer you from his hand. Jeremiah 42:12 And I will shew mercies vnto you, that he may haue mercy vpon you; and cause you to returne to your owne land.
and destruction in Egypt.
Jeremiah 42:13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the LORD your God, Jeremiah 42:14 Saying, No, but we will goe into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no warre, nor heare the sound of the Trumpet, nor haue hunger of bread, and there will we dwell: Jeremiah 42:15 (And now therefore heare the word of the LORD, yee remnant of Iudah, Thus saith the LORD of hostes the God of Israel, If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and goe to soiourne there:) Jeremiah 42:16 Then it shall come to passe, that the sword which yee feared, shall ouertake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine whereof yee were afraid, shall follow close after you in Egypt, and there ye shall die. Jeremiah 42:17 So shall it bee with all the men that set their faces to goe into Egypt to soiourne there, they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remaine or escape from the euil that I will bring vpon them. Jeremiah 42:18 For thus saith the LORD of hosts the God of Israel, As mine anger and my furie hath bene powred foorth vpon the inhabitants of Ierusalem: so shall my furie bee powred foorth vpon you, when yee shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproch, and ye shall see this place no more.
He reproveth their hypocrisy, in requiring of the LORD that which they meant not.
Jeremiah 42:19 The LORD hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Iudah, Goe ye not into Egypt: know certainly, that I haue admonished you this day. Jeremiah 42:20 For ye dissembled in your hearts when ye sent me vnto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for vs vnto the LORD our God, and according vnto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare vnto vs, and we wil doe [it]. Jeremiah 42:21 And [now] I haue this day declared [it] to you, but ye haue not obeied the voice of the LORD your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me vnto you. Jeremiah 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 soiourne.