Johanan desireth Jeremiah to enquire of God, promising obedience to his will.
Jeremiah 42:1 So all the captaynes, & Iohanan þe sonne of Kareah, Iezaniah þe sonne of Osayah came with all the people from the leest vnto the most, Jeremiah 42:2 and sayde vnto Ieremy the prophete. O heare oure peticion, that thou mayest praye for vs vnto the Lorde thy God, namely, for all the remnaunt, wherof there be very fewe of vs left of many, as þu seest vs: Jeremiah 42:3 þt the Lorde, thy God may shew vs a waye to go in, & tell vs, what we shulde do. Jeremiah 42:4 Then Ieremy þe prophet sayde vnto them: I haue herde you. Behold I will praye vnto God youre Lorde as ye haue requyred me: and loke what answere the Lord geueth you, I shall certifye you therof, and kepe nothynge back from you. Jeremiah 42:5 And they sayde vnto Ieremy. The Lord of trueth & faithfulnes be oure recorde, that we wyll do all þt the Lorde thy God commaundeth vs, Jeremiah 42:6 whether it be good or euell. We wyll herken vnto þe voyce of oure Lorde God to whom we sende the, that we maye prospere, when we haue folowed the voyce of the Lorde oure God.
Jeremiah assureth him of safety in Judaea,
Jeremiah 42:7 And after ten dayes came the worde of Lorde vnto Ieremy. Jeremiah 42:8 Then called he Iohanan the sonne of Kareah, & all the captaynes of þe people that were with him: yee, and all the people from the leest to the moost, Jeremiah 42:9 and sayde vnto them: Thus sayeth the Lorde God of Israel vnto whom ye sent me, to laye forth your prayers before him: Jeremiah 42:10 If ye wyll dwell in this lande, I shall buylde you vp, and not breake you downe: I shall plante you, and not rote you out: for I repent, as concernynge the trouble that I haue done to you. Jeremiah 42:11 Feare not the kynge of Babylon, of whom ye stand in awe, O, be not afrayed of him, sayeth the Lorde: for I wyll be wt you, to helpe you, and delyuer you from his hande. Jeremiah 42:12 I wyll pardon you, I wyll haue mercy vpon you, and cause him to pytie you, & bringe you agayne into youre awne lande.
and destruction in Egypt.
Jeremiah 42:13 Neuertheles, yf ye purpose not to dwell in this lande, ner to folowe the voyce of the Lorde youre God: Jeremiah 42:14 but wyll saye thus, we will not dwell here, but go into Egypt: where we shal nether se warre, heare the noyse of the trompe, ner suffre honger, there wyll we dwell. Jeremiah 42:15 Wherfore, heare nowe the worde of þe Lord, O ye remnaunt of Iuda. Thus sayeth the Lorde of hoostes the God of Israel: If ye be wholy purposed to go into Egypte, & ye entre ther to dwell as straungers: Jeremiah 42:16 the swearde þt ye feared shall ouer take you in Egypte and þe honger wherof ye be here afrayed shall hange vpon you & folowe you into Egypte, and there ye shall dye. Jeremiah 42:17 And all they, that of sett purpose vndertake to go into Egipte to soiourne there, shall perysh with the swearde, with honger and pestilence: not one of them shall remayne, there shall none escape the plage, that I wyll brynge vpon them. Jeremiah 42:18 For thus sayeth the Lorde of hoostes the God of Israel: lyke as my wrath and indygnacyon is moued agaynst þe inhabitatours of Ierusalem, so shall my displeasure be kyndled agaynst you also, yf ye go into Egypte: & there ye shalbe reuyled, abhorred, brought to shame and confusyon: and as for thys 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 remnaunt of Iuda, that ye shall not go into Egypte. And forget not that I haue warned you earnestly this daye, Jeremiah 42:20 for ye haue dissembled wt me. For ye sent me vnto the Lorde youre God, and sayde: O praye thou the Lord oure God for vs: and loke what answere þe Lorde oure God geueth the, that bryng vs agayne, and we shall do therafter. Jeremiah 42:21 Nowe haue I shewed, and declared vnto you, but you haue not obeyed the voyce of the Lord youre God, for the whych cause he hath sent me to you. Jeremiah 42:22 Nowe therfore, If ye wyll not folowe it, be sure, that ye shall perishe with þe swearde, with honger and pestilence: euen in the same place, where youre lust is to go, and dwell.