Jeremiah 29 - Prayer Tents



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Jeremiah 29
New International Version (1984)

A Letter to the Exiles

29This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.H1697H5612H3414H5030H7971H3389H3499H2205H1473H3548H5030H5971H5019H1540H3389H894 2(This was after King Jehoiachin and the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.)H310H3204H4428H1377H5631H8269H3063H3389H2796H4525H3318H3389 3He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. It said:H3027H501H1121H8227H1587H1121H2518H6667H4428H3063H7971H894H5019H4428H894H559 4This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:H559H3068H6635H430H3478H1473H1540H3389H894 5"Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.H1129H1004H3427H5193H1593H398H6529 6Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.H3947H802H3205H1121H1323H3947H802H1121H5414H1323H582H3205H1121H1121H7235H4591 7Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."H1875H7965H5892H1540H6419H3068H7965H7965 8Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H5030H7080H7130H5377H8085H2472H2492 9They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them," declares the LORD.H5012H8267H8034H7971H5002H3068 10This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.H559H3068H6310H7657H8141H4390H894H6485H6965H2896H1697H7725H4725 11For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.H3045H4284H2803H5002H3068H4284H7965H7451H5414H8615H319 12Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.H7121H1980H6419H8085 13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.H1245H4672H1875H3824 14I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."H4672H5002H3068H7725H7622H7622H6908H1471H4725H5080H5002H3068H7725H4725H1540 15You may say, "The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,"H559H3068H6965H5030H894 16but this is what the LORD says about the king who sits on David's throne and all the people who remain in this city, your countrymen who did not go with you into exile--H559H3068H4428H3427H3678H1732H5971H3427H5892H251H3318H1473 17yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: "I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like poor figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten.H559H3068H6635H7971H2719H7458H1698H5414H8182H8384H398H7455 18I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth and an object of cursing and horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them.H7291H310H2719H7458H1698H5414H2189H2113H4467H776H423H8047H8322H2781H1471H5080 19For they have not listened to my words," declares the LORD, "words that I sent to them again and again by my servants the prophets. And you exiles have not listened either," declares the LORD.H8085H1697H5002H3068H7971H5650H5030H7925H7971H8085H5002H3068 20Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, all you exiles whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon.H8085H1697H3068H1473H7971H3389H894 21This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying lies to you in my name: "I will hand them over to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your very eyes.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H256H1121H6964H6667H1121H4641H5012H8267H8034H5414H3027H5019H4428H894H5221H5869 22Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: 'The LORD treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned in the fire.'H3947H7045H1546H3063H894H559H3068H7760H6667H256H4428H894H7033H784 23For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives and in my name have spoken lies, which I did not tell them to do. I know it and am a witness to it," declares the LORD.H6213H5039H3478H6213H5003H7453H802H1696H8267H1697H8034H6680H3045H5707H5002H3068

Message to Shemaiah

24Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite,H559H8098H5161H559 25"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You sent letters in your own name to all the people in Jerusalem, to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the other priests. You said to Zephaniah,H559H3068H6635H430H3478H559H7971H5612H8034H5971H3389H6846H1121H4641H3548H3548H559 26'The LORD has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada to be in charge of the house of the LORD; you should put any madman who acts like a prophet into the stocks and neck-irons.H3068H5414H3548H3077H3548H6496H1004H3068H376H7696H5012H5414H4115H6729 27So why have you not reprimanded Jeremiah from Anathoth, who poses as a prophet among you?H1605H3414H6069H5012 28He has sent this message to us in Babylon: It will be a long time. Therefore build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.'"H7971H894H559H1931H752H1129H1004H3427H5193H1593H398H6529 29Zephaniah the priest, however, read the letter to Jeremiah the prophet.H6846H3548H7121H5612H241H3414H5030 30Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:H1697H3068H3414H559 31"Send this message to all the exiles: 'This is what the LORD says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send him, and has led you to believe a lie,H7971H1473H559H559H3068H8098H5161H8098H5012H7971H982H8267 32this is what the LORD says: I will surely punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. He will have no one left among this people, nor will he see the good things I will do for my people, declares the LORD, because he has preached rebellion against me.'"H559H3068H6485H8098H5161H2233H376H3427H8432H5971H7200H2896H6213H5971H5002H3068H1696H5627H3068




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