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Jeremiah 42:3-13 (New International Version)

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3 Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do."1 4 "I have heard you," replied Jeremiah the prophet. "I will certainly pray2 to the LORD your God as you have requested; I will tell3 you everything the LORD says and will keep nothing back from you."4 5 Then they said to Jeremiah, "May the LORD be a true5 and faithful6 witness7 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 well8 with us, for we will obey9 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 officers10 who were with him and all the people from the least to the greatest.11 9 He said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition,12 says:13 10 'If you stay in this land,14 I will build15 you up and not tear you down; I will plant16 you and not uproot you,17 for I am grieved over the disaster I have inflicted on you.18 11 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon,19 whom you now fear.20 Do not be afraid of him, declares the LORD, for I am with you and will save21 you and deliver you from his hands.22 12 I will show you compassion23 so that he will have compassion on you and restore you to your land.'24 13 "However, if you say, 'We will not stay in this land,' and so disobey25 the LORD your God,
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