1 When Yirmiyahu had finished speaking all these words to all the people—all the words of Hashem their God, with which Hashem their God had sent him to them—
א וַיְהִי כְּכַלּוֹת יִרְמְיָהוּ לְדַבֵּר אֶל־כָּל־הָעָם אֶת־כָּל־דִּבְרֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר שְׁלָחוֹ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם אֲלֵיהֶם אֵת כָּל־הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה׃
va-yo-m’-RU el yir-mi-YA-hu ha-na-VEE ti-POL na t’-khi-na-TAY-nu l’-fa-NE-kha v’-hit-pa-LAYL ba-a-DAY-nu el a-do-NAI e-lo-HE-kha b’-AD kol ha-sh’-ay-REET ha-ZOT kee nish-AR-nu m’-AT may-har-BAY ka-a-SHER ay-NE-kha ro-OT o-TA-nu
ב וַיֹּאמֶר עֲזַרְיָה בֶן־הוֹשַׁעְיָה וְיוֹחָנָן בֶּן־קָרֵחַ וְכָל־הָאֲנָשִׁים הַזֵּדִים אֹמְרִים אֶל־יִרְמְיָהוּ שֶׁקֶר אַתָּה מְדַבֵּר לֹא שְׁלָחֲךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ לֵאמֹר לֹא־תָבֹאוּ מִצְרַיִם לָגוּר שָׁם׃
42:2 For we remain but a few out of many
The people, in panic over the upcoming invasion from Babylonia, turn to the prophet and ask him to pray for guidance. Yirmiyahu counsels them against going down to Egypt. However, in their final act of disobedience against God, they flee to Egypt, forcefully taking Yirmiyahu with them. Their statement that they were once many, but now have become few, represents an undoing of the divine promises. Sefer Devarim (10:22) describes how God took a ‘few’ people, made them ‘many’, and brought them from Egypt to the land of Israel. Now they leave Eretz Yisrael headed for Egypt, few instead of many; a painful reminder of the damage caused by refusing to listen to the Word of God.Comment
3 It is Baruch son of Nerya who is inciting you against us, so that we will be delivered into the hands of the Chaldeans to be killed or to be exiled to Babylon!”
4 So Yochanan son of Kareah and all the army officers and the rest of the people did not obey Hashem’s command to remain in the land of Yehuda.
5 Instead, Yochanan son of Kareah and all the army officers took the entire remnant of Yehuda—those who had returned from all the countries to which they had been scattered and had sojourned in the land of Yehuda,
6 men, women, and children; and the daughters of the king and all the people whom Nebuzaradan the chief of the guards had left with Gedalia son of Achikam son of Shafan, as well as the navi Yirmiyahu and Baruch son of Nerya—
7 and they went to Egypt. They did not obey Hashem. They arrived at Tahpanhes,
ז וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם כִּי לֹא שָׁמְעוּ בְּקוֹל יְהוָה וַיָּבֹאוּ עַד־תַּחְפַּנְחֵס׃
8 and the word of Hashem came to Yirmiyahu in Tahpanhes:
ח וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהוָה אֶל־יִרְמְיָהוּ בְּתַחְפַּנְחֵס לֵאמֹר׃
9 Get yourself large stones, and embed them in mortar in the brick structure at the entrance to Pharaoh’s palace in Tahpanhes, with some Judeans looking on.
ט קַח בְּיָדְךָ אֲבָנִים גְּדֹלוֹת וּטְמַנְתָּם בַּמֶּלֶט בַּמַּלְבֵּן אֲשֶׁר בְּפֶתַח בֵּית־פַּרְעֹה בְּתַחְפַּנְחֵס לְעֵינֵי אֲנָשִׁים יְהוּדִים׃
10 And say to them: “Thus said God of Hosts, the God of Yisrael: I am sending for My servant King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon, and I will set his throne over these stones which I have embedded. He will spread out his pavilion over them.
v’-a-mar-TA a-lay-HEM koh a-MAR a-do-NAI tz’-va-OT e-lo-HAY yis-ra-AYL hi-n’-NEE sho-LAY-akh v’-la-kakh-TEE et n’-vu-khad-RE-tzar me-lekh ba-VEL av-DEE v’-sam-TEE khis-O mi-MA-al la-a-va-NEEM ha-AY-leh a-SHER ta-MAN-tee v’-na-TAH et shaf-ree-RO a-lay-HEM
11 He will come and attack the land of Egypt, delivering Those destined for the plague, to the plague, Those destined for captivity, to captivity, And those destined for the sword, to the sword.
יא ובאה [וּבָא] וְהִכָּה אֶת־אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם אֲשֶׁר לַמָּוֶת לַמָּוֶת וַאֲשֶׁר לַשְּׁבִי לַשֶּׁבִי וַאֲשֶׁר לַחֶרֶב לֶחָרֶב׃
12 And I will set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt; he will burn them down and carry them off. He shall wrap himself up in the land of Egypt, as a shepherd wraps himself up in his garment. And he shall depart from there in safety.
יב וְהִצַּתִּי אֵשׁ בְּבָתֵּי אֱלֹהֵי מִצְרַיִם וּשְׂרָפָם וְשָׁבָם וְעָטָה אֶת־אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם כַּאֲשֶׁר־יַעְטֶה הָרֹעֶה אֶת־בִּגְדוֹ וְיָצָא מִשָּׁם בְּשָׁלוֹם׃
14 saying: No; but we will go into the land of Mitzrayim, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the horn, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we abide;
יד לֵאמֹר לֹא כִּי אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם נָבוֹא אֲשֶׁר לֹא נִרְאֶה מִלְחָמָה וְקוֹל שׁוֹפָר לֹא נִשְׁמָע וְלַלֶּחֶם לֹא נִרְעָב וְשָׁם נֵשֵׁב.
16 then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye fear, shall overtake you there in the land of Mitzrayim, and the famine, whereof ye are afraid, shall follow hard after you there in Mitzrayim; and there ye shall die.
טז וְהָיְתָה הַחֶרֶב אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם יְרֵאִים מִמֶּנָּה שָׁם תַּשִּׂיג אֶתְכֶם בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם וְהָרָעָב אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם דֹּאֲגִים מִמֶּנּוּ שָׁם יִדְבַּק אַחֲרֵיכֶם מִצְרַיִם וְשָׁם תָּמֻתוּ.
17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Mitzrayim to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.
יז וְיִהְיוּ כָל הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר שָׂמוּ ֶת פְּנֵיהֶם לָבוֹא מִצְרַיִם לָגוּר שָׁם יָמוּתוּ בַּחֶרֶב בָּרָעָב וּבַדָּבֶר וְלֹא יִהְיֶה לָהֶם שָׂרִיד וּפָלִיט מִפְּנֵי הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי מֵבִיא עֲלֵיהֶם.
18 For thus saith Hashem of hosts, the God of Yisrael: As Mine anger and My fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, so shall My fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Mitzrayim; and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more.
20 For ye have dealt deceitfully against your own souls; for ye sent me unto Hashem your God, saying: Pray for us unto Hashem our God; and according unto all that Hashem our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it;
כ כִּי התעתים (הִתְעֵיתֶם) בְּנַפְשׁוֹתֵיכֶם כִּי אַתֶּם שְׁלַחְתֶּם אֹתִי אֶל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם לֵאמֹר הִתְפַּלֵּל בַּעֲדֵנוּ אֶל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ וּכְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יֹאמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ כֵּן הַגֶּד לָנוּ וְעָשִׂינוּ.
21 and I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not hearkened to the voice of Hashem your God in any thing for which He hath sent me unto you.
כא וָאַגִּד לָכֶם הַיּוֹם וְלֹא שְׁמַעְתֶּם בְּקוֹל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וּלְכֹל אֲשֶׁר שְׁלָחַנִי אֲלֵיכֶם.
22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go to sojourn there.’
כב וְעַתָּה יָדֹעַ תֵּדְעוּ כִּי בַּחֶרֶב בָּרָעָב וּבַדֶּבֶר תָּמוּתוּ בַּמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר חֲפַצְתֶּם לָבוֹא לָגוּר שָׁם.