This chapter contains a request of the Jews to Jeremiah, to pray to the
Lord for them to direct them, and the Lord's answer to it. The request
is made by the captains and all the people, \\#Jer 42:1-3\\; which Jeremiah
undertook to present to the Lord, \\#Jer 42:4\\; they promising to go
according to the direction that should be given, \\#Jer 42:5,6\\. After
ten days an answer is returned, and the prophet calls the captains and
people together to hear it, \\#Jer 42:7,8\\; the purport of which was,
that if they continued in the land of Judah, it would be well with
them, and they would be safe, \\#Jer 42:9-12\\; but if they went into
Egypt, they should die by the sword, famine, and pestilence, and be a
curse and reproach, and never see their own land more, \\#Jer 42:13-18\\;
they are charged with dissimulation and disobedience, \\#Jer 42:19-21\\;
and the chapter is concluded with an assurance of their perishing by
the above judgments in the place they were desirous of dwelling in,
\\#Jer 42:22\\.