- 1 Johanan, Jezaniah, the other army
officers, and everyone else in the group, came to me 2 and said,
Please pray to the Lord your God for us. Judah used to
have many people, but as you can see, only a few of us are left.
3 Ask the Lord to tell us where he wants us to go and what he
wants us to do.
4 All right, I answered,
I will pray to the Lord your God, and I will tell you everything
5 They answered, The Lord himself
will be our witness that we promise to do whatever he says, 6
even if it isnt what we want to do. We will obey the Lord
so that all will go well for us.
7 Ten days later, the Lord gave me an
answer for 8 Johanan, the officers, and the other people. So
I called them together 9 and told them that the Lord God of Israel
- You asked Jeremiah to pray and find
out what you should do. 10 I am sorry that I
had to punish you, and so I now tell you to stay here in Judah,
where I will plant you and build you up, instead of tearing you
down and uprooting you. 11 Dont be afraid of the King of
Babylonia. I will protect you from him, 12 and I will even force
him to have mercy on you and give back your farms.
13 But you might keep on saying, We
wont stay here in Judah, and we wont obey the Lord
our God. 14 We are going to Egypt, where there is plenty of food
and no danger of war.
15 People of Judah, you survived when
the Babylonian army attacked. Now you are planning to move to
Egypt, and if you do go, this is what will happen. 16 You are
afraid of war, starvation, and disease here in Judah, but they
will follow you to Egypt and kill you there. None of you will
survive the disasters I will send.
18 I, the Lord, was angry with the people
of Jerusalem and punished them. And if you go to Egypt, I will
be angry and punish you the same way. You will never again see
your homeland. People will be horrified at what I do to you,
and they will use the name of your city as a curse word.
Jeremiah Gives a Warning
- 19 I told the people:
You escaped the disaster that struck
Judah, but now the Lord warns you to stay away from Egypt. 20
You asked me to pray and find out what the Lord our God wants
you to do, and you promised to obey him. But that was a terrible
mistake, 21 because now that I have given you the Lords
answer, you refuse to obey him. 22 And so, you will die in Egypt
from war, hunger, and disease.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary