Jeremiah 43

1 When Jeremiah had finished speaking to all the people all these words from Jehovah their God, every single word that Jehovah their God had sent him to tell them,

2 Azariʹah the son of Hoshaiʹah, Johaʹnan the son of Kareʹah, and all the presumptuous men said to Jeremiah: “What you are saying is a lie! Jehovah our God has not sent you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to reside there.’

3 But Barʹuch the son of Neriʹah is inciting you against us to hand us over to the Chaldeʹans, to put us to death or to take us into exile in Babylon.”

4 So Johaʹnan the son of Kareʹah and all the army chiefs and all the people disobeyed the voice of Jehovah to remain in the land of Judah.

5 Instead, Johaʹnan the son of Kareʹah and all the army chiefs took with them all the remnant of Judah who had returned to reside in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been dispersed.

6 They took the men, the women, the children, the daughters of the king, and everyone whom Nebuʹzaradʹan the chief of the guard had left with Gedaliʹah the son of Ahiʹkam the son of Shaʹphan, as well as Jeremiah the prophet and Barʹuch the son of Neriʹah.

7 And they went into the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of Jehovah, and they went as far as Tahʹpanhes.

8 Then the word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah in Tahʹpanhes, saying:

9 “Take in your hand large stones, and hide them in the mortar in the brick terrace at the entrance of the house of Pharʹaoh in Tahʹpanhes, with the Jewish men looking on.

10 Then say to them, ‘This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, says: “Here I am sending for Nebuchadnezʹzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will place his throne right above these stones that I have hidden, and he will extend his royal tent over them.

11 And he will come in and strike the land of Egypt. Whoever is meant for deadly plague will be for deadly plague, and whoever is meant for captivity will be for captivity, and whoever is meant for the sword will be for the sword.

12 And I will set the houses of the gods of Egypt on fire, and he will burn them and lead them captive. He will wrap the land of Egypt around himself just as a shepherd wraps himself in his garment, and he will depart from there in peace.

13 And he will break to pieces the pillars of Beth-sheʹmesh in the land of Egypt, and he will burn the houses of the gods of Egypt with fire.”’”