The punishment for the Judeans in Egypt (Jer 44:26-44:28)

“Therefore,

Hear the word of Yahweh!

All you Judeans

Who live in the land of Egypt!

‘See!

I swear

By my great name!’

Says Yahweh.

‘My name shall no longer

Be pronounced

On the lips

Of any of the people of Judah

In all the land of Egypt.’

Saying.

‘As Yahweh God lives,

I am going to watch

Over them

For harm,

Not for good.

All the people of Judah

Who are in the land of Egypt

Shall perish

By the sword

By famine,

Until no one is left.

Those who escape the sword

Shall return

From the land of Egypt

To the land of Judah,

Few in number.

All the remnant of Judah,

Who came to the land of Egypt

To settle,

Shall know

Whose words will stand,

Mine or theirs!’”

Yahweh, via Jeremiah, lets the Judeans in Egypt know about their punishment. They will no longer call Yahweh, their God. Yahweh was going to bring them harm, not good things. They were all going to die by the sword or famine, until no one was left there. Then there was a caveat, if some did escape from the wrath of Yahweh, they would be very few in number. They were going to know whose words had more power. Yahweh made it very personal with the taunt about which word was going to stand, theirs or his.