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Jeremiah Taken to Egypt

43 But it happened that as soon as Jeremiah, whom Yahweh their God had sent, had (A)finished speaking to all the people all the words of Yahweh their God—that is, all these words— Azariah the (B)son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are (C)speaking a lie! Yahweh our God has not sent you to say, ‘You are not to enter Egypt to sojourn there’; but (D)Baruch the son of Neriah is inciting you against us to give us over into the hand of the Chaldeans, so they will put us to death or exile us to Babylon.” So (E)Johanan the son of Kareah and all the [a]commanders of the military forces and all the people (F)did not listen to the voice of Yahweh to (G)stay in the land of Judah. But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the [b]commanders of the military forces took the (H)entire remnant of Judah, who had returned from all the nations to which they had been banished, in order to sojourn in the land of Judah— the men, the women, the little ones, the (I)king’s daughters, and (J)every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam [c]and grandson of Shaphan, together with (K)Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch the son of Neriah— and they entered the land of Egypt (for they did not listen to the voice of Yahweh) and went in as far as (L)Tahpanhes.

Then the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah in (M)Tahpanhes, saying, “Take some large stones in your [d]hands and hide them in the mortar in the [e]brick terrace which is at the entrance of Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of [f]some of the Jews; 10 and you will say to them, ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold, I am going to send and get (N)Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, (O)My servant, and I am going to set his throne right over these stones that I have hidden; and he will spread his (P)canopy over them. 11 He will also come and (Q)strike the land of Egypt; those who are meant for death will be given over to death, and those for captivity to captivity, and (R)those for the sword to the sword. 12 And [g]I shall set fire to the houses of the (S)gods of Egypt, and he will burn them and take them captive. So he will (T)wrap himself with the land of Egypt as a shepherd wraps himself with his garment, and he will depart from there safely. 13 He will also shatter the [h]sacred pillars of [i]Heliopolis, which is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of Egypt he will burn with fire.”’”


  1. Jeremiah 43:4 Or princes
  2. Jeremiah 43:5 Or princes
  3. Jeremiah 43:6 Lit the son
  4. Jeremiah 43:9 Lit hand
  5. Jeremiah 43:9 Or brickwork
  6. Jeremiah 43:9 Lit men
  7. Jeremiah 43:12 Some ancient versions He will set
  8. Jeremiah 43:13 Or obelisks
  9. Jeremiah 43:13 The house of the sun-god; Heb Beth-shemesh