"Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the LORD your God for us, … that the LORD your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do" (42:2). After the Babylonians conquered Judah and took away the leading families into exile, those left in the land struggled to survive. Gedaliah, appointed governor by the Babylonians, was murdered, and in fear, the people begged Jeremiah for God’s direction. God answered, but not as they wished (42:10-17).
“No, we will go to the land of Egypt” (42:14). Often our problem is not lack of guidance, but lack of willingness to obey.