Johanan desireth Jeremiah to enquire of God, promising obedience to his will.
Jeremiah 42:1 So all the rulers, and Iohana the sonne off Carea, Iesanias the sonne off Osias came with all the people fro the leest vnto the most, Jeremiah 42:2 & sayde vnto Ieremy the prophet: O heare oure peticio, that thou mayest praye for vs vnto the LORDE yi God, and for the remnaunt, wherof there be very few left off many, as thou seist vs: Jeremiah 42:3 that the LORDE thy God maye shewe vs a waye to go in, & tell vs, what we shulde do. Jeremiah 42:4 Then Ieremy the prophete sayde vnto them: I haue herde you. Beholde, I will praye vnto God youre LORDE, as ye haue requyred me: and loke what answere the LORDE geueth you, I shall certifie you theroff, and kepe nothinge back fro you. Jeremiah 42:5 And they sayde vnto Ieremy: The LORDE off treuth & faithfulnes be oure recorde, that we wil do all, that the LORDE thy God commaundeth vs, Jeremiah 42:6 whether it be good or euell. We will herken vnto the voyce off oure LORDE God, to whom we sende the: that we maye prospere, when we haue folowed the voyce off the LORDE oure God.
Jeremiah assureth him of safety in Judaea,
Jeremiah 42:7 And after ten dayes came the worde off the LORDE vnto Ieremy. Jeremiah 42:8 Then called he Iohanna the sonne of Carea, and all the captaynes of the people that were with him: Yee & all the people from the leest to the most, Jeremiah 42:9 & sayde vnto them: Thus saieth the LORDE God of Israel vnto whom ye sent me, to laye forth youre prayers before him: Jeremiah 42:10 Yf ye wil dwell in this londe, I shall buylde you vp, & not breake you downe: I shall plante you, & not rote you out: for I am pacified, as cocernynge the trouble that I haue done to you. Jeremiah 42:11 Feare not the kynge off Babilon, off whom ye stonde in awe: O be not afrayed off him, saieth the LORDE: for I will be with you, to helpe you, and delyuer you from his honde. Jeremiah 42:12 I will pardon you, I wil haue mercy vpon you, and brynge you agayne in to youre owne londe.
and destruction in Egypt.
Jeremiah 42:13 Neuertheles, yf ye purpose not to dwell in this londe, ner to folowe the voyce off the LORDE youre God: Jeremiah 42:14 but will saye thus: we will not dwell here, but go in to Egipte: where we shall nether se warre, heare the noyse off batell, ner suffre honger, there will we dwell. Jeremiah 42:15 Wherfore heare now the worde of the LORDE, o ye remnaunt of Iuda. Thus saieth the LORDE of hoostes the God of Israel: Yf ye be whole purposed to go in to Egipte, ad to be there as straugers: Jeremiah 42:16 the swearde that ye feare, shall ouertake you in Egipte: and the honger wheroff ye be here afrayed, shall hange vpon you into Egipte, and there ye shall dye. Jeremiah 42:17 For all they, that off set purpose vndertake to go in to Egipte, there to ease them selues off their mysery, shall perish with the swearde, with honger and pestilence: not one off them shall remayne, there shal none escape the plage, that I wil bringe vpon them. Jeremiah 42:18 For thus saieth the LORDE off hoostes the God off Israel: like as my wrath and indignacion is come vpon the inhabitours of Ierusale, so shall my displeasure go forth vpon you also, yf ye go in to Egipte: For there ye shalbe reuyled, abhorred, brought to shame and confucion: and as for this place, ye shall neuer se it more.
He reproveth their hypocrisy, in requiring of the LORD that which they meant not.
Jeremiah 42:19 The LORDE forbyddeth you (o ye remnaut of Iuda) that ye shall not go in to Egipte. And forget not that I haue warned you earnestly this daye Jeremiah 42:20 ls shal ye begyle youre selues. For ye sent me vnto the LORDE youre God, and sayde: O praye thou the LORDE oure God for vs: and loke what answere the LORDE oure God geueth the, that bringe vs agayne, ad we shall do thereafter. Jeremiah 42:21 Now haue I shewed, and declared vnto you the voyce off the LORDE youre God, for the which cause he hath sent me to you. Jeremiah 42:22 Yf ye will not folowe it, be sure, yt ye shall perishe with the swearde, with honger & pestilence: euen in the same place, where youre lust was to go, and dwell.