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Jeremiah 29
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Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles

29These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to there maining elders among the exiles, to the priests, to the prophets, and toall the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken in to exile from Jerusalem to Babylon,H1697H5612H3414H5030H7971H3389H3499H2205H1473H3548H5030H5971H5019H1540H3389H894 2after King Jeconiah, the queen mother, the palace officials, the officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the smiths left Jerusalem.H310H3204H4428H1377H5631H8269H3063H3389H2796H4525H3318H3389 3The letter was sent by Shaphan's son Elasah and by Hilkiah's son Gemariah, whom King Zedekiah of Judah sent to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in Babylon, and it said,H3027H501H1121H8227H1587H1121H2518H6667H4428H3063H7971H894H5019H4428H894H559 4"This is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles who were taken from Jerusalem into exile to Babylon,H559H3068H6635H430H3478H1473H1540H3389H894 5'Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce.H1129H1004H3427H5193H1593H398H6529 6Take wives and father sons and daughters. Take wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so they may have sons and daughters. Increase in numbers there, don't decrease.H3947H802H3205H1121H1323H3947H802H1121H5414H1323H582H3205H1121H1121H7235H4591 7Seek the welfare of the city to which I've exiled you and pray to the Lord for it, for your welfare depends on its welfare.'H1875H7965H5892H1540H6419H3068H7965H7965 8"For this is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, says: 'Don't let the prophets and diviners who are among you deceive you, and don't listen to them when they tell you their dreams.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H5030H7080H7130H5377H8085H2472H2492 9Indeed, they're prophesying lies to you in my name. I didn't send them," declares the Lord.1H5012H8267H8034H7971H5002H3068 10"For this is what the Lord says: 'When Babylon's seventy years are completed, I'll take note of you and will fulfill my good promises to you by bringing you back to this place.H559H3068H6310H7657H8141H4390H894H6485H6965H2896H1697H7725H4725 11For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for well-being, and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope.H3045H4284H2803H5002H3068H4284H7965H7451H5414H8615H319 12When you call out to me and come and pray to me, I'll hear you.H7121H1980H6419H8085 13You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.H1245H4672H1875H3824 14I'll be found by you,' declares the Lord, 'and I'll restore your security and gather you from all the nations and all the places to which I've driven you,' declares the Lord. 'I'll bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.'H4672H5002H3068H7725H7622H7622H6908H1471H4725H5080H5002H3068H7725H4725H1540 15"Indeed, you have said, 'The Lord has raised up prophets for us in Babylon.'H559H3068H6965H5030H894 16"But this is what the Lord says about the king who sits on David's throne, and about the people who live in this city—your brothers who didn't go with you into exile:H559H3068H4428H3427H3678H1732H5971H3427H5892H251H3318H1473 17This is what the Lord says: 'I'm about to send the sword, famine, and plague on them, and I'll make them like rotten figs that cannot be eaten because they're so bad.H559H3068H6635H7971H2719H7458H1698H5414H8182H8384H398H7455 18I'll pursue them with the sword, with famine, and with plague, and I'll make them a horrifying sight to all the kingdoms of the earth. I'll make them a curse, an object of horror, and scorn, and a desolation in all the nations to which I've driven them,H7291H310H2719H7458H1698H5414H2189H2113H4467H776H423H8047H8322H2781H1471H5080 19because they didn't listen to my words,' declares the Lord. 'When I sent my servants, the prophets, to you again and again, you didn't listen,' declares the Lord.H8085H1697H5002H3068H7971H5650H5030H7925H7971H8085H5002H3068 20"Now, all you exiles whom I sent from Jerusalem to Babylon, listen to the word of the Lord!H8085H1697H3068H1473H7971H3389H894 21This is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, says about Kolaiah's son Ahab and Maaseiah's son Zedekiah, who are prophesying lies to you in my name, 'I'm about to give them into the domination of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will kill them before your eyes.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H256H1121H6964H6667H1121H4641H5012H8267H8034H5414H3027H5019H4428H894H5221H5869 22What happens to them will be the basis for a curse for all the Judean exiles who are in Babylon. People will say, "May the Lord make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the Lord roasted in the fire,H3947H7045H1546H3063H894H559H3068H7760H6667H256H4428H894H7033H784 23because they did something stupid in Israel. They committed adultery with their neighbors' wives, and in my name they spoke lies that I didn't command them. I'm the one who knows, and I'm a witness," declares the Lord.'"H6213H5039H3478H6213H5003H7453H802H1696H8267H1697H8034H6680H3045H5707H5002H3068

A Rebuke to Shemaiah

24You are to say to Shemaiah of Nehelam:H559H8098H5161H559 25"This is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, says: 'Because you sent letters in your own name to all the people who are in Jerusalem, to Maaseiah's son Zephaniah the priest and to all the priests:H559H3068H6635H430H3478H559H7971H5612H8034H5971H3389H6846H1121H4641H3548H3548H559 26"The Lord made you a priest instead of Jehoiada the priest to serve in the LORD's temple as an official against every crazy prophet, and to put him in stocks and restraints.H3068H5414H3548H3077H3548H6496H1004H3068H376H7696H5012H5414H4115H6729 27And now, why didn't you rebuke Jeremiah from Anathoth who prophesies to you -H1605H3414H6069H5012 28So he sent a message to us in Babylon: 'The exile will be long, so build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce.'"'"H7971H894H559H1931H752H1129H1004H3427H5193H1593H398H6529 29Then Zephaniah the priest read this letter to Jeremiah the prophet,H6846H3548H7121H5612H241H3414H5030 30and the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:H1697H3068H3414H559 31"Send a message to all the exiles: 'This is what the Lord says about Shemaiah from Nehelam, "Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I didn't send him, and has made you trust a lie,"H7971H1473H559H559H3068H8098H5161H8098H5012H7971H982H8267 32therefore, this is what the Lord says: "I'm about to judge Shemaiah from Nehelam along with his descendants. He won't have anyone related to him living among these people. Nor will he see the good that I'll do for my people, declares the Lord, "because he advocated rebellion against the Lord."'H559H3068H6485H8098H5161H2233H376H3427H8432H5971H7200H2896H6213H5971H5002H3068H1696H5627H3068


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