Jeremiah 43: In Egypt another warning
Comment: Still in the Land the leaders abuse Jeremiah
and force all the people to come with them to Egypt. When they
arrive in Egypt the Lord gives Jeremiah a word that Nebuchadnezzar
will come here and defeat Egypt bringing death with him.]
The leaders rebuke Jeremiah and refuse to hear him
Jeremiah had finished telling the people all the words of the
Lord their God – everything the Lord had sent him to tell
son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant
men said to Jeremiah, ‘You are lying! The Lord our God has not
sent you to say, “You must not go to Egypt to settle there.”
Baruch son of Neriah is inciting you against us to hand us over
to the Babylonians, so that they may kill us or carry us into
exile to Babylon.'
So they take all the people, including Jeremiah, off to Egypt
Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers and all the people
disobeyed the Lord's command to stay in the land of Judah.
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.
also led away all those whom Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial
guard had left with Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan –
the men, the women, the children and the king's daughters. And
they took Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch son of Neriah along
Jeremiah receives a word that Nebuchadnezzar will come and defeat
they entered Egypt in disobedience to the Lord and went as far
Tahpanhes the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:
the Jews are watching, take some large stones with you and bury
them in clay in the brick pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh's
palace in Tahpanhes.
say to them, “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel,
says: I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,
and I will set his throne over these stones I have buried here;
he will spread his royal canopy above them.
will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for
death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword
to those destined for the sword.
will set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt; he will burn
their temples and take their gods captive. As a shepherd picks
his garment clean of lice, so he will pick Egypt clean and depart.
in the temple of the sun in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillars
and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.”'
to Chapter 44