Then all the acommanders of the forces, 1Johanan the son of Kareah, Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people2bothsmall and greatapproached2
and said to Jeremiah the prophet, "Please let our 3petitionbcomebefore you, and 4pray for us to the LORD your God, that is for allthisremnant; because we are left but a 5few out of many, as your own eyes now see us,
that the LORD your God may tell us the 6way in which we should walk and the thing that we should do."
Then Jeremiah the prophetsaid to them, "I have heard you. Behold, I am going to 7pray to the LORD your God in accordance with your words; and I will tell you the wholecmessagewhich the 8LORD will answer you. I will 9not keepback a word from you."
Then they said to Jeremiah, "May the 10LORD be a true and faithfulwitness against us if we do not act in accordance with the wholedmessage with which the LORD your God will send you to us.
6"Whether it is epleasantorfunpleasant, we will 11listen to the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, so that it may go12well with us when we listen to the voice of the LORD our God."
Now at the 13end of tendays the word of the LORDcame to Jeremiah.
Then he called for Johanan the son of Kareah and all the gcommanders of the forces that were with him, and for all the peoplebothsmall and great,
and said to them, "Thus14says the LORD the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petitionbefore Him:
10'If you will indeedstay in thisland, then I will 15build you up and not tear you down, and I will plant you and not uproot you; for I hwill 16relentconcerning the calamity that I have inflicted on you.
'17Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you are now fearing; do not be afraid of him,' declares the LORD, 'for 18I am with you to save you and deliver you from his hand.
'I will also show you compassion, so that 19he will havecompassion on you and restore you to your own soil.
'But if you are going to say, "We will 20not stay in thisland," so as not to listen to the voice of the LORD your God,
14saying, "No, but we will 21go to the land of Egypt, where we will not seewar or 22hear the sound of a trumpet or hunger for bread, and we will staythere ";
then iin that caselisten to the word of the LORD, O remnant of Judah. Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "If you reallyset your jmind to enter23Egypt and go in to residethere,
then the 24sword, which you are afraid of, will overtake you there in the land of Egypt; and the famine, about which you are anxious, will followcloselyafter you there in Egypt, and you will diethere.
"So all the menwhoset their kmind to go to Egypt to residethere will die by the 25sword, by famine and by pestilence; and they will 26havenosurvivors or refugees from the calamity that I am going to bring on them.""'
For thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "As My 27anger and wrath have been poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so My wrath will be poured out on you when you enterEgypt. And you will become a 28curse, an object of horror, an imprecation and a reproach; and 29you will seethisplacenomore."
The LORD has spoken to you, O remnant of Judah, "Do not 30go into Egypt!" You should clearly31understand that today I have 32testified against you.
For you have only l33deceivedyourselves; for it is you who sent me to the LORD your God, saying, "Pray for us to the LORD our God; and whatever the LORD our Godsays, tell us so, and we will do it."
So I have 34told you today, but you have 35not mobeyed the LORD your God, even in whatever He has sent me to tell you.
Therefore you should nowclearlyunderstand that you will 36die by the sword, by famine and by pestilence, in the 37placewhere you wish to go to reside.