1Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, came near
2and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Please let our supplication be presented before you, and pray for us to Yahweh your God, even for all this remnant–for we are left but a few of many, as your eyes do see us–
3that Yahweh your God may show us the way in which we should walk, and the thing that we should do.”
4Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you; behold, I will pray to Yahweh your God according to your words, and whatever thing Yahweh will answer you, I will declare it to you; I will keep nothing back from you.”
5Then they said to Jeremiah, “Yahweh be a true and faithful witness among us if we do not do according to all the word with which Yahweh your God will send you to us.
6Whether it is good or whether it is evil, we will obey the voice of Yahweh our God to whom we send you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of Yahweh our God.”
7It came to pass after ten days that the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah.
8Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces who were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,
9And said to them, “This is what Yahweh the God of Israel says, to whom you sent me to present your supplication before him:
10If you will still live in this land, then will I build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up; for I grieve over the distress that I have brought on you.
11Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him, says Yahweh, for I am with you to save you and to deliver you from his hand.
12I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and cause you to return to your own land.
13But if you say, ‘We will not dwell in this land,’ so that you do not obey the voice of Yahweh your God,
14saying, ‘No, but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we will see no war, nor hear the sound of the shofar, nor have hunger of bread, and there we will we live,’
15now therefore hear the word of Yahweh, O remnant of Judah. This is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: If you indeed set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to live there,
16then the sword that you fear will overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine about which you are afraid will follow close behind you there in Egypt, and there you will die.
17So will it be with all the men who set their faces to go into Egypt to live there: they will die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, and none of them will remain or escape from the evil that I will bring on them.
18For this is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: As my anger and my wrath has been poured forth on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so will my wrath be poured forth on you, when you will enter into Egypt; and you will be an object of horror, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach, and you will see this place no more.
19Yahweh has spoken concerning you, remnant of Judah, ‘Do not you go into Egypt.’ Know certainly that I have testified to you this day.
20For you have dealt deceitfully against your own souls; for you sent me to Yahweh your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to Yahweh our God; and according to all that Yahweh our God will say, so declare to us, and we will do it,’
21and I have this day declared it to you; but you have not obeyed the voice of Yahweh your God in anything for which he has sent me to you.
22Now therefore know certainly that you will die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence in the place where you desire to go to live there.”