42Then all the guerrilla leaders, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people, from the least to the greatest, approachedH8269H2428H3110H1121H7143H3153H1121H1955H5971H6996H1419H5066 2Jeremiah the prophet. They said, “Please pray to the Lord your God for us. As you can see, we are only a tiny remnant compared to what we were before.H559H3414H5030H8467H5307H6440H6419H3068H430H7611H7604H4592H7235H5869H7200 3Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go.”H3068H430H5046H1870H3212H1697H6213 4“All right,” Jeremiah replied. “I will pray to the Lord your God, as you have asked, and I will tell you everything he says. I will hide nothing from you.”H3414H5030H559H8085H6419H3068H430H1697H1697H3068H6030H5046H4513H1697H4513 5Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord your God be a faithful witness against us if we refuse to obey whatever he tells us to do!H559H3414H3068H571H539H5707H6213H1697H3068H430H7971 6Whether we like it or not, we will obey the Lord our God to whom we are sending you with our plea. For if we obey him, everything will turn out well for us.”H2896H7451H8085H6963H3068H430H580H7971H3190H8085H6963H3068H430 7Ten days later the Lord gave his reply to Jeremiah.H7093H6235H3117H1697H3068H3414 8So he called for Johanan son of Kareah and the other guerrilla leaders, and for all the people, from the least to the greatest.H7121H3110H1121H7143H8269H2428H5971H6996H1419 9He said to them, “You sent me to the Lord, the God of Israel, with your request, and this is his reply:H559H559H3068H430H3478H7971H5307H8467H6440 10‘Stay here in this land. If you do, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you. For I am sorry about all the punishment I have had to bring upon you.H7725H3427H776H1129H2040H5193H5428H5162H7451H6213 11Do not fear the king of Babylon anymore,’ says the Lord. ‘For I am with you and will save you and rescue you from his power.H3372H6440H4428H894H6440H3373H3372H5002H3068H3467H5337H3027 12I will be merciful to you by making him kind, so he will let you stay here in your land.’H5414H7356H7355H7725H127 13“But if you refuse to obey the Lord your God, and if you say, ‘We will not stay here;H559H3427H776H8085H6963H3068H430 14instead, we will go to Egypt where we will be free from war, the call to arms, and hunger,’H559H935H776H4714H7200H4421H8085H6963H7782H7456H3899H3427 15then hear the Lord’s message to the remnant of Judah. This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you are determined to go to Egypt and live there,H8085H1697H3068H7611H3063H559H3068H6635H430H3478H7760H7760H6440H935H4714H935H1481 16the very war and famine you fear will catch up to you, and you will die there.H2719H3373H5381H776H4714H7458H1672H1692H310H4714H4191 17That is the fate awaiting every one of you who insists on going to live in Egypt. Yes, you will die from war, famine, and disease. None of you will escape the disaster I will bring upon you there.’H582H7760H6440H935H4714H1481H4191H2719H7458H1698H8300H6412H6440H7451H935 18“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Just as my anger and fury have been poured out on the people of Jerusalem, so they will be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. You will be an object of damnation, horror, cursing, and mockery. And you will never see your homeland again.’H559H3068H6635H430H3478H639H2534H5413H3427H3389H2534H5413H935H4714H423H8047H7045H2781H7200H4725 19“Listen, you remnant of Judah. The Lord has told you: ‘Do not go to Egypt!’ Don’t forget this warning I have given you today.H3068H1696H7611H3063H935H4714H3045H3045H5749H3117 20For you were not being honest when you sent me to pray to the Lord your God for you. You said, ‘Just tell us what the Lord our God says, and we will do it!’H8582H5315H7971H3068H430H559H6419H3068H430H3068H430H559H5046H6213 21And today I have told you exactly what he said, but you will not obey the Lord your God any better now than you have in the past.H3117H5046H8085H6963H3068H430H7971 22So you can be sure that you will die from war, famine, and disease in Egypt, where you insist on going.”H3045H3045H4191H2719H7458H1698H4725H2654H935H1481
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