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Jeremiah 29 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Letter to the Exiles

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:1 - This 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:2 - (This was after King Jehoiachin[fn] and the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the skilled workers and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.)
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:3 - He 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:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:4 - This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:5 - “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:6 - Marry 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:7 - Also, 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:8 - Yes, 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:9 - They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:10 - This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:11 - For 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:12 - Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:13 - You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:14 - I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.[fn] 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:15 - You may say, “The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:16 - but 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 fellow citizens who did not go with you into exile—
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:17 - yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:18 - I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse[fn] and an object of horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:19 - For 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:20 - Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, all you exiles whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:21 - This 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 deliver them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your very eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:22 - Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: ‘May the LORD treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned in the fire.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:23 - For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and in my name they have uttered lies—which I did not authorize. I know it and am a witness to it,” declares the LORD.

Message to Shemaiah

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:24 - Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:25 - “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 the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, and to all the other priests. You said to Zephaniah,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:26 - ‘The LORD has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada to be in charge of the house of the LORD; you should put any maniac who acts like a prophet into the stocks and neck-irons.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:27 - So why have you not reprimanded Jeremiah from Anathoth, who poses as a prophet among you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:28 - He 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.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:29 - Zephaniah the priest, however, read the letter to Jeremiah the prophet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:30 - Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:31 - “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 persuaded you to trust in lies,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:32 - this 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.’ ”
NIV Footnotes
Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant of Jehoiachin
Or will restore your fortunes
That is, their names will be used in cursing (see verse 22); or, others will see that they are cursed.

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