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Jeremias 42

Jeremias advarer folket imod at flygte til Egypten

1Johanan, Jezanja, de øvrige officerer og et stort antal civile ledere kom nu hen til mig og sagde: „Gå i forbøn for os hos Herren din Gud, for som du ser, er der ikke mange tilbage af os mere. Bed Herren, din Gud, om at vise os, hvad vi skal gøre, og hvor vi skal tage hen.”

Jeg gav dem følgende svar: „Godt, jeg vil bede til Herren for jer, og alt, hvad han siger til mig, vil jeg fortælle jer i alle detaljer.”

„Vi lover højtideligt ind for Herrens ansigt, at vi vil adlyde alt, hvad han beder dig om at sige til os,” sagde de. „Uanset om vi bryder os om det eller ej, vil vi adlyde Herren, din Gud, som vi nu rådspørger gennem dig. For hvis vi gør, hvad han siger, vil det gå os godt.”

Ti dage senere svarede Herren på min bøn, og jeg kaldte så Johanan, officererne og de øvrige ledere sammen.

Derpå sagde jeg til dem: „I bad mig spørge Herren, Israels Gud, til råds, og her er hans svar:

10 Bliv boende her i landet. Hvis I gør det, vil jeg velsigne jer og give jer fremgang. Det gør mig ondt at se de lidelser, I har været igennem, selv om jeg var nødt til at straffe jer. 11 I behøver ikke frygte den babyloniske konge, for jeg vil beskytte jer, så han ikke kan gøre jer noget ondt. 12 Jeg vil være barmhjertig imod jer og sørge for, at han også er barmhjertig. I kan trygt blive boende i landet.

13-14 Men hvis I nægter at blive boende i landet, som Herren, jeres Gud, har sagt, og hvis I absolut vil til Egypten, fordi I tror jer sikre for krig og hungersnød dernede, 15 så hør, hvad Herren siger til den rest af judæere, som er tilbage: Hvis I rejser til Egypten, 16 vil al den krig og hungersnød I frygter her, følge jer, så I mister livet dernede. 17 Det er den skæbne, der venter hver eneste af jer: Hvis I slår jer ned i Egypten, vil I dø som ofre for krig, hungersnød og sygdom. Det bliver min straf for jeres ulydighed.

18 Herren, den Almægtige, Israels Gud, siger: På samme måde som jeg i min vrede straffede Jerusalems indbyggere, vil jeg straffe jer, så snart I ankommer til Egypten. I vil blive afskyet og hadet, forbandet og hånet, og I kommer aldrig hjem til jeres land igen.”

19 Derefter sagde jeg til dem: „I er en rest af Judas folk, og Herren har advaret jer imod at tage til Egypten. Hvis I vælger ikke at lytte til Herren, 20 kommer I til at bøde med jeres liv. Det var jer selv, der bad mig søge Herren om råd, og I lovede at adlyde ham, lige meget hvad det var, han sagde. 21 I dag har jeg så givet jer Herrens svar, men I er åbenbart alligevel ikke villige til at gøre, som han siger. 22 Derfor skal I vide, at hvis I gør alvor af at rejse til det land, som I ønsker at flygte til, vil I blive ramt af krig, hungersnød og sygdom.”

New International Version - UK

Jeremiah 42

1Then all the army officers, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah[a] son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest approached Jeremiah the prophet and said to him, ‘Please hear our petition and pray to the Lord your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left. Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.’

‘I have heard you,’ replied Jeremiah the prophet. ‘I will certainly pray to the Lord your God as you have requested; I will tell you everything the Lord says and will keep nothing back from you.’

Then they said to Jeremiah, ‘May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us. Whether it is favourable or unfavourable, we will obey the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the Lord our God.’

Ten days later the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. So he called together Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him and all the people from the least to the greatest. He said to them, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition, says: 10 “If you stay in this land, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you, for I have relented concerning the disaster I have inflicted on you. 11 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the Lord, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands. 12 I will show you compassion so that he will have compassion on you and restore you to your land.”

13 ‘However, if you say, “We will not stay in this land,” and so disobey the Lord your God, 14 and if you say, “No, we will go and live in Egypt, where we will not see war or hear the trumpet or be hungry for bread,” 15 then hear the word of the Lord, you remnant of Judah. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “If you are determined to go to Egypt and you do go to settle there, 16 then the sword you fear will overtake you there, and the famine you dread will follow you into Egypt, and there you will die. 17 Indeed, all who are determined to go to Egypt to settle there will die by the sword, famine and plague; not one of them will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.” 18 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “As my anger and wrath have been poured out on those who lived in Jerusalem, so will my wrath be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You will be a curse[b] and an object of horror, a curse[c] and an object of reproach; you will never see this place again.”

19 ‘Remnant of Judah, the Lord has told you, “Do not go to Egypt.” Be sure of this: I warn you today 20 that you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the Lord your God and said, “Pray to the Lord our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.” 21 I have told you today, but you still have not obeyed the Lord your God in all he sent me to tell you. 22 So now, be sure of this: you will die by the sword, famine and plague in the place where you want to go to settle.’

Notas al pie

  1. Jeremiah 42:1 Hebrew; Septuagint (see also 43:2) Azariah
  2. Jeremiah 42:18 That is, your name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that you are cursed.
  3. Jeremiah 42:18 That is, your name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that you are cursed.