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When Jeremiah finished testifying to the people (verse 1), the rulers still did not believe him even after they had seen Babylon take Jerusalem (verse 2). They wanted to go to Egypt, and did not like that he warned them not to go. They blamed Baruch for twisting his words (verse 3), which was a false allegation against someone who had worked so hard to help the prophet.
Instead of listening to the word of the Lord that Jeremiah had given them, they prepared to go to Egypt anyway (verse 4). All those Jews who had been left behind to inherit the land of Israel and Judah under Chaldean rule (verse 5), even the women and children and even Jeremiah the prophet (verse 6) were taken to the land of Egypt against their will (verse 7).
The Lord came to Jeremiah there (verse 8), telling him to take stones and hide them in clay in front of all the people (verse 9). The Lord then declared that in the place where the stones were hidden, at the very gates of Jeremiah’s oppressors, would Babylon come even that far and place Nebuchadnezzar’s throne in that very spot (verse 10). Babylon will come, the Lord said, and conquer even Egypt (verse 11), taking all the people captive (verse 12) and destroying all their false gods (verse 13).