42:3 That the LORD thy God may show us the way in which we may walk, and the thing that we may a do.
(a) This declares the nature of hypocrites who
would know of God's word what they should do, but will not follow it, unless
it agrees with that thing which they have purposed to do.
42:5 Then they said to
Jeremiah, b The LORD be a true and
faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for which
the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.
(b) There are as ready to abuse the Name of God
and take it in vain as the hypocrites who colour their falsehood, use it
without all reverence and make it a means for them to deceive the simple and
And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah.
(c) Here is declared the vision and the
opportunity of it, of which mention was made, (Jeremiah
If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull [you]
down, and I will plant you, and not pluck [you] up: for I d
repent of the evil that I have done to you.
(d) See Jeremiah
42:11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of
whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I [am] with you to
save you, and to deliver you e from his
(e) Because all king's hearts and ways are in
his hands, he can turn them and dispose them as it pleases him, and therefore
they need not fear man, but only obey God, (Proverbs
Then it shall come to pass, [that] the sword, which ye feared, f
shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, of which ye were
afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.
(f) Thus God turns the policy of the wicked to
their own destruction: for they thought themselves sure in Egypt, and there
Nebuchadnezzar destroyed them and the Egyptians, (Jeremiah
42:18 For thus saith the
LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As my anger and my fury hath been poured forth
upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you,
when ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an horror,
and a g curse, and a reproach; and ye
shall see this place no more.
(g) Read (Jeremiah
26:6) showing that this would come on them for their infidelity and
42:20 For ye were h
hypocrites in your hearts, when ye sent me to the LORD your God, saying, Pray
for us to the LORD our God; and according to all that the LORD our God shall
say, so declare to us, and we will do [it].
(h) For you were fully intending to go into
Egypt, whatever God spoke to the contrary.
42:22 Now therefore know
certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, i
in the place where ye desire to go [and] to sojourn.
(i) That is, in Egypt.