Instead, Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers led away all the remnant of Judah who had come back to live in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been scattered.16
They also led away all the men, women2 and children and the king's daughters whom Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had left with Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch3 son of Neriah.
So they entered Egypt4 in disobedience to the LORD and went as far as Tahpanhes.58
In Tahpanhes6 the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
"While the Jews are watching, take some large stones7 with you and bury them in clay in the brick8 pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh's palace9 in Tahpanhes.
Then say to them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will send for my servant10 Nebuchadnezzar11 king of Babylon, and I will set his throne12 over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopy13 above them.
He will come and attack Egypt,14 bringing death15 to those destined16 for death, captivity to those destined for captivity,17 and the sword to those destined for the sword.1812
Hea will set fire19 to the temples20 of the gods21 of Egypt; he will burn their temples and take their gods captive.22 As a shepherd wraps23 his garment around him, so will he wrap Egypt around himself and depart from there unscathed.
There in the temple of the sunb24 in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillars25 and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.' "