Their residents are powerless, 1 they are terrified and ashamed. They are as short-lived as plants in the field, or green vegetation. 2 They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops 3 when it is scorched by the east wind. 4
So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shullam son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, the supervisor of the wardrobe. 1 (She lived in Jerusalem in the Mishneh 2 district.) They stated their business, 3
He deported all the residents of Jerusalem, including all the officials and all the soldiers (10,000 people in all). This included all the craftsmen and those who worked with metal. No one was left except for the poorest among the people of the land.
He said: “Pay attention, all you people of Judah, 1 residents of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Don’t be afraid and don’t panic 2 because of this huge army! For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
The residents of Jerusalem 1 made his youngest son Ahaziah king in his place, for the raiding party that invaded the city with the Arabs had killed all the older sons. 2 So Ahaziah son of Jehoram became king of Judah.
Hezekiah passed away 1 and was buried on the ascent of the tombs of the descendants of David. All the people of Judah and the residents of Jerusalem buried him with great honor. 2 His son Manasseh replaced him as king.
‘Therefore I will allow you to die and be buried in peace. 1 You will not have to witness all the disaster I will bring on this place and its residents.’”’” Then they reported back to the king.
Indeed, they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race 1 has become intermingled with the local residents. Worse still, the leaders and the officials have been at the forefront of all of this!”
which you commanded us through your servants the prophets with these words: 1 ‘The land that you are entering to possess is a land defiled by the impurities of the local residents! 2 With their abominations they have filled it from one end to the other with their filthiness.
These are the provincial leaders 1 who settled in Jerusalem. (While other Israelites, the priests, the Levites, the temple attendants, and the sons of the servants of Solomon settled in the cities of Judah, each on his own property in their cities,
Their residents are powerless; 1 they are terrified and ashamed. They are as short-lived as plants in the field or green vegetation. 2 They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops 3 when it is scorched by the east wind. 4
You have been the object of Israel’s hopes. You have saved them when they were in trouble. Why have you become like a resident foreigner 1 in the land? Why have you become like a traveler who only stops in to spend the night?
If you people who remain in Judah do that, then listen to what the Lord says. The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 says, ‘If you are so determined 2 to go to Egypt that you go and settle there,
All the people who are determined to go and settle in Egypt will die from war, starvation, or disease. No one will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.’
Then Azariah 1 son of Hoshaiah, Johanan son of Kareah, and other arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are telling a lie! The Lord our God did not send you to tell us, ‘You must not go to Egypt and settle there.’
None of the Judean remnant who have come to live in the land of Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah. Though they long to return and live there, none of them shall return except a few fugitives.’” 1