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Jeremiah 29
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles

29This is the text of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the rest of the elders of the exiles, the priests, the prophets, and all the people Nebuchadnezzar had deported from Jerusalem to Babylon.H1697H5612H3414H5030H7971H3389H3499H2205H1473H3548H5030H5971H5019H1540H3389H894 2[This was] after King Jeconiah, the queen mother, the court officials, the officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metalsmiths had left Jerusalem.H310H3204H4428H1377H5631H8269H3063H3389H2796H4525H3318H3389 3[The letter was sent] by Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah whom Zedekiah king of Judah had sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. [The letter] stated:H3027H501H1121H8227H1587H1121H2518H6667H4428H3063H7971H894H5019H4428H894H559 4This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles I deported from Jerusalem to Babylon:H559H3068H6635H430H3478H1473H1540H3389H894 5"Build houses and live [in them]. Plant gardens and eat their produce.H1129H1004H3427H5193H1593H398H6529 6Take wives and have sons and daughters. Take wives for your sons and give your daughters to men [in marriage] so that they may bear sons and daughters. Multiply there; do not decrease.H3947H802H3205H1121H1323H3947H802H1121H5414H1323H582H3205H1121H1121H7235H4591 7Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper."H1875H7965H5892H1540H6419H3068H7965H7965 8For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: "Don't let your prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you, and don't listen to the dreams you elicit from them,H559H3068H6635H430H3478H5030H7080H7130H5377H8085H2472H2492 9for they are prophesying falsely to you in My name. I have not sent them." [This is] the LORD's declaration.H5012H8267H8034H7971H5002H3068 10For this is what the LORD says: "When 70 years for Babylon are complete, I will attend to you and will confirm My promise concerning you to restore you to this place.H559H3068H6310H7657H8141H4390H894H6485H6965H2896H1697H7725H4725 11For I know the plans I have for you"— [this is] the LORD's declaration— "plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.H3045H4284H2803H5002H3068H4284H7965H7451H5414H8615H319 12You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.H7121H1980H6419H8085 13You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.H1245H4672H1875H3824 14I will be found by you"— the LORD's declaration— "and I will restore your fortunesand gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you"— the LORD's declaration. "I will restore you to the place I deported you from."H4672H5002H3068H7725H7622H7622H6908H1471H4725H5080H5002H3068H7725H4725H1540 15You have said, "The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon!"H559H3068H6965H5030H894 16But this is what the LORD says concerning the king sitting on David's throne and concerning all the people living in this city— that is, concerning your brothers who did not go with you into exile.H559H3068H4428H3427H3678H1732H5971H3427H5892H251H3318H1473 17This is what the LORD of Hosts says: "I am about to send against them sword, famine, and plague and will make them like rotten figs that are inedible because they are so bad.H559H3068H6635H7971H2719H7458H1698H5414H8182H8384H398H7455 18I will pursue them with sword, famine, and plague. I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth— a curse and a desolation, an object of scorn and a disgrace among all the nations where I will have banished them.H7291H310H2719H7458H1698H5414H2189H2113H4467H776H423H8047H8322H2781H1471H5080 19[I will do this] because they have not listened to My words"— [this is] the LORD's declaration— "that I sent to them with My servants the prophets time and time again. And you too have not listened." [This is] the LORD's declaration.H8085H1697H5002H3068H7971H5650H5030H7925H7971H8085H5002H3068 20Hear the word of the LORD, all you exiles I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon.H8085H1697H3068H1473H7971H3389H894 21This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says to Ahab son of Kolaiah and to Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, the ones prophesying a lie to you in My name: "I am about to hand them over to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will kill them before your very eyes.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H256H1121H6964H6667H1121H4641H5012H8267H8034H5414H3027H5019H4428H894H5221H5869 22Based on [what happens to] them, all the exiles of Judah who are in Babylon will create a curse that says: May the LORD make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire!H3947H7045H1546H3063H894H559H3068H7760H6667H256H4428H894H7033H784 23because they have committed an outrage in Israel by committing adultery with their neighbors' wives and have spoken a lie in My name, which I did not command them. I am He who knows, and I am a witness." [This is] the LORD's declaration.H6213H5039H3478H6213H5003H7453H802H1696H8267H1697H8034H6680H3045H5707H5002H3068 24To Shemaiah the Nehelamite you are to say,H559H8098H5161H559 25"This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: You in your own name have sent out letters to all the people of Jerusalem, to the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, and to all the priests, saying:H559H3068H6635H430H3478H559H7971H5612H8034H5971H3389H6846H1121H4641H3548H3548H559 26The LORD has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada the priest to be the chief officer in the temple of the LORD, responsible for every madman who acts like a prophet. You must confine him in stocks and an iron collar.H3068H5414H3548H3077H3548H6496H1004H3068H376H7696H5012H5414H4115H6729 27So now, why have you not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth who has been acting like a prophet among you?H1605H3414H6069H5012 28For he has sent [word] to us in Babylon, claiming: The exile will be long. Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat their produce."H7971H894H559H1931H752H1129H1004H3427H5193H1593H398H6529 29Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the hearing of Jeremiah the prophet.H6846H3548H7121H5612H241H3414H5030

A Message about Shemaiah

30Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:H1697H3068H3414H559 31"Send [a message] to all the exiles, saying: This is what the LORD says concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite. Because Shemaiah prophesied to you, though I did not send him, and made you trust a lie,H7971H1473H559H559H3068H8098H5161H8098H5012H7971H982H8267 32this is what the LORD says: I am about to punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. There will not be even one of his [descendants] living among these people, nor will any ever see the good that I will bring to My people"— [this is] the LORD's declaration— "for he has preached rebellion against the LORD."H559H3068H6485H8098H5161H2233H376H3427H8432H5971H7200H2896H6213H5971H5002H3068H1696H5627H3068


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