Jeremiah 42:4

Overview - Jeremiah 42
Johanan desires Jeremiah to enquire of God, promising obedience to his will.
Jeremiah assures him of safety in Judea;
13 and destruction in Egypt.
19 He reproves their hypocrisy, in enquiring of the Lord that which they mean not to follow.
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Jeremiah 42:4  (King James Version)
Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.

The princes seem to have wholly neglected Jeremiah, till on this occasion they wanted his sanction to their purpose of going to Egypt. In order to induce him to favour them, they applied to him with one consent, in the most respectful and plausible manner: they used language to prepossess him with a favourable opinion of them, and to move his compassion; and, in words expressing great humility, they entreated his prayers in their behalf, and that he would enquire of the Lord what he would have them to do. The prophet readily acquiesced; and doubted not but that he should receive an answer from God, which he would unreservedly declare to them; and they called the Lord to witness that they would implicitly follow his directions.

I will pray
Exodus 8:29 ; 1 Samuel 12:23 ; Romans 10:1

23:28 1 Kings 22:14-16 ; 2 Chronicles 18:13-15 ; Ezekiel 2:7

I will keep
1 Samuel 3:17 1 Samuel 3:18 ; Psalms 40:10 ; Acts 20:20 Acts 20:27