To 1Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying,
25"Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Because you have sent2letters in your own name to all the peoplewho are in Jerusalem, and to 3Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
"The LORD has made you priestinstead of Jehoiada the priest, to be the a4overseer in the house of the LORD over every5madman who 6prophesies, to 7put him in the stocks and in the ironcollar,
27now then, why have you not rebukedJeremiah of 8Anathoth who prophesies to you?
"For he has 9sent to us in Babylon, saying, 'The exile will be 10long ; 11buildhouses and live in them and plantgardens and eat their bproduce.' ""'
2912Zephaniah the priestreadthislettercto Jeremiah the prophet.
Then came the word of the LORD to Jeremiah, saying,
31"Send to 13all the exiles, saying, 'Thussays the LORDconcerning14Shemaiah the Nehelamite, "BecauseShemaiah has 15prophesied to you, although I did not send him, and he has 16made you trust in a lie,"
32thereforethussays the LORD, "Behold, I am about to 17punishShemaiah the Nehelamite and his ddescendants ; he will 18not haveanyonelivingamongthispeople, 19and he will not see the good that I am about to do to My people," declares the LORD, "because he has e20preachedrebellionagainst the LORD.""'