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Jeremiah 42:1-11 (New International Version)

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1 Then all the army officers, including Johanan1 son of Kareah and Jezaniaha son of Hoshaiah,2 and all the people from the least to the greatest3 approached 2 Jeremiah the prophet and said to him, "Please hear our petition and pray4 to the LORD your God for this entire remnant.5 For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few6 are left. 3 Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do."7 4 "I have heard you," replied Jeremiah the prophet. "I will certainly pray8 to the LORD your God as you have requested; I will tell9 you everything the LORD says and will keep nothing back from you."10 5 Then they said to Jeremiah, "May the LORD be a true11 and faithful12 witness13 against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the LORD your God sends you to tell us. 6 Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the LORD our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well14 with us, for we will obey15 the LORD our God." 7 Ten days later the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah. 8 So he called together Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers16 who were with him and all the people from the least to the greatest.17 9 He said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition,18 says:19 10 'If you stay in this land,20 I will build21 you up and not tear you down; I will plant22 you and not uproot you,23 for I am grieved over the disaster I have inflicted on you.24 11 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon,25 whom you now fear.26 Do not be afraid of him, declares the LORD, for I am with you and will save27 you and deliver you from his hands.28
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