Jeremiah 29

29:1 Now these [are] the words of the letter that Jeremiah the
 prophet sent from Jerusalem to the residue of the elders who
 were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the
 prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried
 away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;
29:2 (After Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs,
 the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the
 smiths, had departed from Jerusalem;)
29:3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the
 son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to
 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,
29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all
 that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be
 carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon;
29:5 Build ye houses, and dwell [in them]; and plant gardens,
 and eat the fruit of them;
29:6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives
 for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they
 may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there,
 and not diminished.
29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to
 be carried away captives, and pray to the LORD for it: for in
 the peace of it ye shall have peace.
29:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let
 not your prophets and your diviners, that [are] in the midst of
 you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause
 to be dreamed.
29:9 For they prophesy falsely to you in my name: I have not
 sent them, saith the LORD.
29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years shall be
 accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good
 word towards you, in causing you to return to this place.
29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith
 the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an
 expected end.
29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray to
 me, and I will hearken to you.
29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search
 for me with all your heart.
29:14 And I will be found by you, saith the LORD: and I will
 turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the
 nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you,
 saith the LORD: and I will bring you again into the place
 whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
29:15 Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised up for us
 prophets in Babylon;
29:16 [Know] that thus saith the LORD concerning the king that
 sitteth upon the throne of David, and concerning all the people
 that dwelleth in this city, [and] concerning your brethren that
 are not gone forth with you into captivity;
29:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon
 them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make
 them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so bad.
29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine,
 and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to
 all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an
 astonishment, and a hissing, and a reproach, among all the
 nations whither I have driven them:
29:19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the
 LORD, which I sent to them by my servants the prophets, rising
 early and sending [them]; but ye would not hear, saith the
29:20 Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the
 captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:
29:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
 concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah the
 son of Maaseiah, who prophesy a lie to you in my name; Behold,
 I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of
 Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;
29:22 And concerning them shall be taken up a curse by all the
 captivity of Judah who [are] in Babylon, saying, The LORD make
 thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon
 roasted in the fire;
29:23 Because they have committed villainy in Israel, and have
 committed adultery with their neighbor's wives, and have spoken
 lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I
 know, and [am] a witness, saith the LORD.
29:24 [Thus] shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite,
29:25 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
 saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy name to all the
 people that [are] at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of
 Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
29:26 The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada
 the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the
 LORD, for every man [that is] mad, and maketh himself a
 prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the
29:27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of
 Anathoth, who maketh himself a prophet to you?
29:28 For therefore he sent to us [in] Babylon, saying, This
 [captivity is] long: build ye houses, and dwell [in them]; and
 plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
29:29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of
 Jeremiah the prophet.
29:30 Then came the word of the LORD to Jeremiah, saying,
29:31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the
 LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because Shemaiah hath
 prophesied to you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to
 trust in a lie:
29:32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish
 Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man
 to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good
 that I will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath
 taught rebellion against the LORD.

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