Bible: Jer 42:10-19

42:10 If you will just stay 1  in this land, I will build you up. I will not tear you down. I will firmly plant you. 2  I will not uproot you. For I am filled with sorrow because of the disaster that I have brought on you. 42:11 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon whom you now fear. 3  Do not be afraid of him because I will be with you to save you and to rescue you from his power. I, the Lord, affirm it! 4  42:12 I will have compassion on you so that he in turn will have mercy on you and allow you to return to your land.’

42:13You must not disobey the Lord your God by saying, ‘We will not stay in this land.’ 42:14 You must not say, ‘No, we will not stay. Instead we will go and live in the land of Egypt where we will not face war, 5  or hear the enemy’s trumpet calls, 6  or starve for lack of food.’ 7  42:15 If you people who remain in Judah do that, then listen to what the Lord says. The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 8  says, ‘If you are so determined 9  to go to Egypt that you go and settle there, 42:16 the wars you fear will catch up with you there in the land of Egypt. The starvation you are worried about will follow you there to 10  Egypt. You will die there. 11  42:17 All the people who are determined to go and settle in Egypt will die from war, starvation, or disease. No one will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.’ 42:18 For 12  the Lord God of Israel who rules over all 13  says, ‘If you go to Egypt, I will pour out my wrath on you just as I poured out my anger and wrath on the citizens of Jerusalem. 14  You will become an object of horror and ridicule, an example of those who have been cursed and that people use in pronouncing a curse. 15  You will never see this place again.’ 16 

42:19The Lord has told you people who remain in Judah, ‘Do not go to Egypt.’ Be very sure of this: I warn you 17  here and now. 18 

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