Johanan desireth Jeremiah to enquire of God, promising obedience to his will.
Jeremiah 42:1 And they come nighall the heads 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 they say unto Jeremiah the prophet, 'Let, we pray thee, our supplication fall before thee, and pray for us unto Jehovah thy God, for all this remnant; for we have been left a few out of many, as thine eyes do see us; Jeremiah 42:3 and Jehovah thy God doth declare to us the way in which we walk, and the thing that we do.' Jeremiah 42:4 And Jeremiah the prophet saith unto them, 'I have heard: lo, I am praying unto Jehovah your God according to your words, and it hath come to pass, the whole word that Jehovah answereth you, I declare to youI do not withhold from you a word.' Jeremiah 42:5 And they have said to Jeremiah, 'Jehovah is against us for a witness true and faithful, ifaccording to all the word with which Jehovah thy God doth send thee unto uswe do not so. Jeremiah 42:6 Whether good or evil, to the voice of Jehovah our God, to whom we are sending thee, we do hearken; because it is good for us when we hearken to the voice of Jehovah our God.'
Jeremiah assureth him of safety in Judaea,
Jeremiah 42:7 And it cometh to pass, at the end of ten days, that there is a word of Jehovah unto Jeremiah, Jeremiah 42:8 and he calleth unto Johanan son of Kareah, and unto all the heads of the forces that [are] with him, and to all the people, from the least even unto the greatest, Jeremiah 42:9 and he saith unto them, 'Thus said Jehovah, God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me, to cause your supplication to fall before Him: Jeremiah 42:10 'If ye do certainly dwell in this land, then I have builded you up, and I throw not down; and I have planted you, and I pluck not up; for I have repented concerning the evil that I have done to you. Jeremiah 42:11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, whom ye are afraid of; be not afraid of himan affirmation of Jehovahfor with you [am] I, to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. Jeremiah 42:12 And I give to you mercies, and he hath pitied you, and caused you to turn back unto your own ground.
and destruction in Egypt.
Jeremiah 42:13 'And if ye are saying, We do not dwell in this landnot to hearken to the voice of Jehovah your God, Jeremiah 42:14 saying, No; but the land of Egypt we enter, that we see no war, and the sound of a trumpet do not hear, and for bread be not hungry; and there do we dwell. Jeremiah 42:15 And now, therefore, hear ye a word of Jehovah, O remnant of Judah: Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel: If ye really set your faces to enter Egypt, and have gone in to sojourn there, Jeremiah 42:16 then it hath come to pass, the sword that ye are afraid of, doth there overtake you, in the land of Egypt; and the hunger, because of which ye are sorrowful, doth there cleave after you in Egypt, and there ye die. Jeremiah 42:17 'Thus are all the men who have set their faces to enter Egypt to sojourn there; they dieby sword, by hunger, and by pestilence, and there is not to them a remnant and an escaped one, because of the evil that I am bringing in upon them; Jeremiah 42:18 for thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel: As poured out hath been Mine anger and My fury on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so poured out is My fury upon you in your entering Egypt, and ye have been for an execration, and for an astonishment, and for a reviling, and for a reproach, and ye do not see any more this place.
He reproveth their hypocrisy, in requiring of the LORD that which they meant not.
Jeremiah 42:19 'Jehovah hath spoken against you, O remnant of Judah, do not enter Egypt: know certainly that I have testified against you to-day; Jeremiah 42:20 for ye have shewed yourselves perverse in your souls, for ye sent me unto Jehovah your God, saying, Pray for us unto Jehovah our God, and according to all that Jehovah our God saith, so declare to us, and we have done [it]; Jeremiah 42:21 and I declare to you to-day, and ye have not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah your God, and to anything with which He hath sent me unto you. Jeremiah 42:22 And now, know ye certainly that by sword, by famine, and by pestilence ye die, in the place that ye have desired to go in to sojourn there.'