To Shemaiah the Nehelamite you are to say,
"This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Youa in your own name have sent out letters to all the people of Jerusalem, to the priest Zephaniahb son of Maaseiah, and to all the priests, saying:
The Lord has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada the priest to be the chief officerc in the temple of the Lord, responsible for every madmand who acts like a prophet. You must confine him in stockse and an iron collar.
So now, why have you not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth who has been acting like a prophet among you?
For 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."f29
Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the hearing of Jeremiah the prophet.
Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:
"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,g32
this 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."