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Then all the commanders of the army, and Yohanan son of Qareah, and Yezanyah son of Hoshayah, and all the people, from the least to the greatest, came near
and said to Yirmeyahu the prophet, 'We beg you, let our petition be acceptable to you, and pray for us to YHWH your Elohim, for all this remnant, for we are few left of many, as your eyes see us.
'And let YHWH your Elohim show us the way in which we should walk and the word we should do.'
And Yirmeyahu the prophet said to them, 'I have heard. See, I am praying to YHWH your Elohim according to your words, and it shall be that I declare to you all the word YHWH answers you. I withhold not a word from you.'
And they said to Yirmeyahu, 'Let YHWH be a true and steadfast witness between us, if we do not do according to all the word which YHWH your Elohim sends us by you.
'Whether good or evil, let us obey the voice of YHWH our Elohim to whom we send you, in order that it might be well with us when we obey the voice of YHWH our Elohim.'
And after ten days it came to be that the word of YHWH came to Yirmeyahu.
So he called Yohanan son of Qareah, and all the commanders of the army which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,
and said to them, 'Thus said YHWH, the Elohim of Yisra'el, to whom you sent me to present your petition before Him,
'If you would indeed stay in this land, then I shall build you and not pull you down, and I shall plant you and not pluck you up. For I have relented of the evil I have done to you.
'Do not be afraid of the sovereign of Babel, of whom you are afraid. Do not be afraid of him,' declares YHWH, 'for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand.
'And I shall show you compassion, so that he has compassion on you and let you return to your own land.'
'But if you say, 'We are not staying in this land,' and so disobey the voice of YHWH your Elohim,
saying, 'No, but we are going to the land of Mitsrayim so that we see no fighting, nor hear the sound of the ram's horn, nor hunger for bread, and there we shall stay,'
then hear the word of YHWH, O remnant of Yehudah! Thus said YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, 'If you indeed set your faces to enter Mitsrayim, and shall go to sojourn there,
then it shall be that the sword which you feared overtakes you there in the land of Mitsrayim, and the scarcity of food of which you were afraid clings to you there in Mitsrayim, and you die there.
'And so it shall be with all the men who set their faces to go to Mitsrayim to sojourn there: they shall die by the sword, by scarcity of food, and by pestilence, and not one of them shall survive or escape from the evil I am bringing upon them.'
'For thus said YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, 'As My displeasure and My wrath have been poured out on the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, so shall My wrath be poured out on you when you enter Mitsrayim. And you shall be an oath, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach, and you shall see this place no more.'
' YHWH has spoken about you, O remnant of Yehudah, 'Do not go to Mitsrayim!' Know for certain that I have warned you this day.
'For you deceived yourselves when you sent me to YHWH your Elohim, saying, 'Pray for us to YHWH our Elohim, and according to all that YHWH your Elohim says, so declare to us and we shall do it.'
'So I have declared it to you today, but you have not obeyed the voice of YHWH your Elohim in all which He has sent me to you.
'And now, know for certain that you shall die by the sword, by scarcity of food, and by pestilence in the place where you have desired to go to sojourn.'