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Jeremiah 29
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Jeremiah’s Letter to the Jews in Babylonia

29I wrote a letter to the priests, the prophets, the leaders of the people, and to all the others whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken away as prisoners from Jerusalem to Babylonia.H1697H5612H3414H5030H7971H3389H3499H2205H1473H3548H5030H5971H5019H1540H3389H894 2I wrote it after King Jehoiachin, his mother, the palace officials, the leaders of Judah and of Jerusalem, the engravers, and the skilled workers had been taken into exile.H310H3204H4428H1377H5631H8269H3063H3389H2796H4525H3318H3389 3I gave the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom King Zedekiah of Judah was sending to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia. It said:H3027H501H1121H8227H1587H1121H2518H6667H4428H3063H7971H894H5019H4428H894H559 4"The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those people whom he allowed Nebuchadnezzar to take away as prisoners from Jerusalem to Babylonia:H559H3068H6635H430H3478H1473H1540H3389H894 5'Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what you grow in them.H1129H1004H3427H5193H1593H398H6529 6Marry and have children. Then let your children get married, so that they also may have children. You must increase in numbers and not decrease.H3947H802H3205H1121H1323H3947H802H1121H5414H1323H582H3205H1121H1121H7235H4591 7Work for the good of the cities where I have made you go as prisoners. Pray to me on their behalf, because if they are prosperous, you will be prosperous too.H1875H7965H5892H1540H6419H3068H7965H7965 8I, the LORD, the God of Israel, warn you not to let yourselves be deceived by the prophets who live among you or by any others who claim they can predict the future. Do not pay any attention to their dreams.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H5030H7080H7130H5377H8085H2472H2492 9They are telling you lies in my name. I did not send them. I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken.'H5012H8267H8034H7971H5002H3068 10"The LORD says, 'When Babylonia's seventy years are over, I will show my concern for you and keep my promise to bring you back home.H559H3068H6310H7657H8141H4390H894H6485H6965H2896H1697H7725H4725 11I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.H3045H4284H2803H5002H3068H4284H7965H7451H5414H8615H319 12Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you.H7121H1980H6419H8085 13You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.H1245H4672H1875H3824 14Yes, I say, you will find me, and I will restore you to your land. I will gather you from every country and from every place to which I have scattered you, and I will bring you back to the land from which I had sent you away into exile. I, the LORD, have spoken.'H4672H5002H3068H7725H7622H7622H6908H1471H4725H5080H5002H3068H7725H4725H1540 15"You say that the LORD has given you prophets in Babylonia.H559H3068H6965H5030H894 16Listen to what the LORD says about the king who rules the kingdom that David ruled and about the people of this city, that is, your relatives who were not taken away as prisoners with you.H559H3068H4428H3427H3678H1732H5971H3427H5892H251H3318H1473 17The LORD Almighty says, 'I am bringing war, starvation, and disease on them, and I will make them like figs that are too rotten to be eaten.H559H3068H6635H7971H2719H7458H1698H5414H8182H8384H398H7455 18I will pursue them with war, starvation, and disease, and all the nations of the world will be horrified at what they see. Everywhere I scatter them, people will be shocked and terrified at what has happened to them. People will make fun of them and use their name as a curse.H7291H310H2719H7458H1698H5414H2189H2113H4467H776H423H8047H8322H2781H1471H5080 19This will happen to them because they did not obey the message that I kept on sending to them through my servants the prophets. They refused to listen.H8085H1697H5002H3068H7971H5650H5030H7925H7971H8085H5002H3068 20All of you whom I sent into exile in Babylonia, listen to what I, the LORD, say.'H8085H1697H3068H1473H7971H3389H894 21"The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, has spoken about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are telling you lies in his name. He has said that he will hand them over to the power of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia, who will put them to death before your eyes.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H256H1121H6964H6667H1121H4641H5012H8267H8034H5414H3027H5019H4428H894H5221H5869 22When the people who were taken away as prisoners from Jerusalem to Babylonia want to bring a curse on someone, they will say, 'May the LORD treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylonia roasted alive!'H3947H7045H1546H3063H894H559H3068H7760H6667H256H4428H894H7033H784 23This will be their fate because they are guilty of terrible sins—they have committed adultery and have told lies in the LORD's name. This was against the LORD's will; he knows what they have done, and he is a witness against them. The LORD has spoken."H6213H5039H3478H6213H5003H7453H802H1696H8267H1697H8034H6680H3045H5707H5002H3068

The Letter of Shemaiah

24The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, gave me a message for Shemaiah of Nehelam, who had sent a letter in his own name to all the people of Jerusalem and to the priest Zephaniah son of MaaseiahH559H8098H5161H559 25and to all the other priests. In this letter Shemaiah wrote to Zephaniah:H559H3068H6635H430H3478H559H7971H5612H8034H5971H3389H6846H1121H4641H3548H3548H559 26"The LORD made you a priest in place of Jehoiada, and you are now the chief officer in the Temple. It is your duty to see that every crazy person who pretends to be a prophet is placed in chains with an iron collar around the neck.H3068H5414H3548H3077H3548H6496H1004H3068H376H7696H5012H5414H4115H6729 27Why haven't you done this to Jeremiah of Anathoth, who has been speaking as a prophet to the people?H1605H3414H6069H5012 28He must be stopped because he told the people in Babylonia that they would be prisoners there a long time and should build houses, settle down, plant gardens, and eat what they grow."H7971H894H559H1931H752H1129H1004H3427H5193H1593H398H6529 29Zephaniah read the letter to me,H6846H3548H7121H5612H241H3414H5030 30and then the LORD told meH1697H3068H3414H559 31to send to all the prisoners in Babylon this message about Shemaiah: "I, the LORD, will punish Shemaiah and all of his descendants. I did not send him, but he spoke to you as if he were a prophet, and he made you believe lies.H7971H1473H559H559H3068H8098H5161H8098H5012H7971H982H8267 32He will have no descendants among you. He will not live to see the good things that I am going to do for my people, because he told them to rebel against me. I, the LORD, have spoken."H559H3068H6485H8098H5161H2233H376H3427H8432H5971H7200H2896H6213H5971H5002H3068H1696H5627H3068


Good News Translation. Scripture taken from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission. More details.

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