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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Jeremiah 43:1-13

43  But when Jeremiah had finished telling all the people all the words of their God Jehovah which their God Jehovah had sent to them by him, all these words, 2  ʽAzariah the son of Maʽasejah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the headstrong men said to Jeremiah “It is a lie you are telling: our God Jehovah did not send you to say ‘You are not to go into Egypt to live as immigrants there,’ 3  but Baruc the son of Nerijah is instigating you against us so as to give us into the hands of the Chaldeans for them to kill us and deport us to Babylon”; 4  and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces and all the people did not obey Jehovah as to staying in Judah. 5  And Johanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces took all the remnant of Judah that had come back out of all the nations among whom they had been in exile to live immigrant lives in Judah, 6  the men and the women and the children and the princesses and all the persons Chief Guardsman Nebuzaradan had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and the prophet Jeremiah and Baruc the son of Nerijah, 7  and went into Egypt; for they did not obey Jehovah; and they came to Tehaphnehes. 8  And Jehovah’s word came to Jeremiah at Tehaphnehes, 9  “Take large stones with your own hands and embed them in mortar in the sunken square at the door of the Pharaoh’s house at Tehaphnehes under the eyes of some Jews, 10**  and say to them ‘Says Israel’s God Jehovah of Armies, I am going to send and fetch my servant King Nebucadressar of Babylon, and he will set his chair over these stones, the ones I have set, and put up his awning over them; 11  and he will go in and strike Egypt down, him who is for death for death and him who is for foreign slavery for foreign slavery and him who is for the sword for the sword, 12  and set fire to the temples of Egypt’s gods and burn them, and carry them off into foreign slavery, and pick the lice out of Egypt as a shepherd does out of his blanket, and go out of there unmolested. 13*  And he will break up the obelisks of Beth-Shemesh in Egypt, and burn down the temples of Egypt’s gods.’”


43:10 Var. and set his chair
43:10 (awning) Unc.
43:13 Beth-Shemesh probably means On