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Jeremiah 29:8-18 (Holman Christian Standard)

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8 For this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: "Don't let your prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you, and don't listen to the dreams you elicit from them, 9 for they are prophesying falsely to you in My name. I have not sent them." [This is] the Lord's declaration. 10 For this is what the Lord says: "When 70 years for Babylon are complete,a I will attend to you and will confirm My promise concerning you to restore you to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you"b-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.c 13 You will seek Med and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you"-the Lord's declaration-"and I will restore your fortunesefand gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you"-the Lord's declaration. "I will restore you to the place I deported you from." 15 You have said, "The Lord has raised up prophets for us in Babylon!" 16 But this is what the Lord says concerning the king sitting on David's throne and concerning all the people living in this city-that is, concerning your brothers who did not go with you into exile. 17 This is what the Lord of Hosts says: "I am about to send against them sword, famine, and plagueg and will make them like rotten figs that are inedible because they are so bad. 18 I will pursue them with sword, famine, and plague. I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth-a curse and a desolation, an object of scorn and a disgrace among all the nations where I will have banished them.h
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