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They go down to Egypt,
    without asking my counsel,[a]
To seek strength in Pharaoh’s protection
    and take refuge in Egypt’s shadow.(A)

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  1. 30:2 Without asking my counsel: it was a practice to consult God through the prophets or through the priestly oracle before making a major political decision (1 Sm 23:1–12; 1 Kgs 22:5), but Judah’s leadership, in its concern for security, was apparently trying to keep its plan for a treaty with Egypt secret even from the prophets, thus implicitly from God (29:15).

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