Johanan desireth Jeremiah to enquire of God, promising obedience to his will.
Jeremiah 42:1 Then drew near, all the captains of the forces, and Johanan son of Kareah, and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah,and all the people, from the least even unto the greatest; Jeremiah 42:2 and said unto Jeremiah the prophetLet our supplication, we beseech thee, fall prostrate before thee, and pray thou in our behalf, unto Yahweh thy God, in behalf of all this remnant,for we are left, a few out of many, just as thine own eyes, do behold us: Jeremiah 42:3 that Yahweh thy God may tell, us, the way wherein we should walk,and the thing that we should do. Jeremiah 42:4 And Jeremiah the prophet said, unto them, I have heard; behold me! praying unto Yahweh your God, according to your words,and it shall come to pass, that, the whole thing that Yahweh shall answer you, I will tell you, I will keep back from you, nothing. Jeremiah 42:5 They, therefore said unto Jeremiah, Yahweh be against us, as a witness, true and faithful,if, according to all the word which Yahweh thy God shall send, thee unto us, so, we do not perform: Jeremiah 42:6 whether for good or for ill, unto the voice of Yahweh our God for which we, are sending thee unto him, will we hearken,to the end it may be well with us, because we will hearken, unto the voice of Yahweh our God.
Jeremiah assureth him of safety in Judaea,
Jeremiah 42:7 And it came to pass, at the end of ten days, that the word of Yahweh came, unto Jeremiah. Jeremiah 42:8 Then called he for Johanan son of Kareah, and for all the princes of the forces, who were with himand for all the people, from the least even unto the greatest; Jeremiah 42:9 and said unto them, Thus, saith Yahweh, God of Israelunto whom ye sent me, to cause your supplication to fall prostrate before him: Jeremiah 42:10 If ye will, indeed abide, in this land, then will I build you up, and not pull [you] down, and plant you, and not uproot [you],for I have compassion, as touching the calamity, which I have caused you. Jeremiah 42:11 Do not fear the face of the king of Babylon, of whose face ye, are afraid,do not fear him, Urgeth Yahweh, for, with you, am I, to save you, and to deliver you out of his hand: Jeremiah 42:12 that I may grant you compassions, and he may have compassion upon you,and suffer you to return unto your own soil.
and destruction in Egypt.
Jeremiah 42:13 But, since ye, are saying,We will not dwell in this land,nor hearken, unto the voice of Yahweh your God: Jeremiah 42:14 saying,No! for, into the land of Egypt, will we go, where we shall not see war, nor, the sound of a horn, shall we hear,nor, for bread, shall we be famished,there, then will we dwell. Jeremiah 42:15 Now, therefore, for this cause, hear ye the word of Yahweh, O remnant of Judah,Thus! saith Yahweh of hosts, God of Israel,If, ye, do indeed set, your faces, to enter Egypt, and do enter to sojourn there, Jeremiah 42:16 then shall it come to pass that, the sword which ye, are fearing, shall, there, overtake you, in the land of Egypt,and, the famine which ye, are dreading, shall, there, lay fast hold of you, in Egypt, and, there, shall ye die. Jeremiah 42:17 So shall it be with all the men who have set their faces to enter Egypt, to sojourn there, they shall die, by sword, by famine, or by pestilence,and they shall have neither survival nor escape, from the face of the calamity, which I, am about to bring in upon them. Jeremiah 42:18 ForThus, saith Yahweh of hosts, God of Israel,Just as mine anger and mine indignation, have been poured out, upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so, shall mine indignation be poured out upon you, when ye enter into Egypt,thus shall ye become a curse, and an astonishment, and a contempt, and a reproach, and ye shall no more, see, this place.
He reproveth their hypocrisy, in requiring of the LORD that which they meant not.
Jeremiah 42:19 Yahweh hath spoken concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah, Do not enter into Egypt: Know certainly, that I have taken you to witness today. Jeremiah 42:20 For ye have deceived yourselves at the cost of your lives, for, ye yourselves, sent me unto Yahweh your God, saying,Pray thou in our behalf, unto Yahweh our God,and, according to all that Yahweh our God shall say, so, tell us, and we will do it. Jeremiah 42:21 Therefore have I told you today,and yet ye have not hearkened unto the voice of Yahweh your God, even in any thing for which he hath sent me unto you. Jeremiah 42:22 Now, therefore, know ye certainly, that, by sword, by famine, or by pestilence, shall ye die,in the place whither ye have desired to go, to sojourn.