51Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.
Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and 2pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 3Do not let your prophets and 4your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream,a9
for 5it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; 6I did not send them, declares the LORD.
"For thus says the LORD: 7When seventy years are completed for Babylon, 8I will visit you, 9and I will fulfill to you my promise 10and bring you back to this place.
1111For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfareb and not for evil, 12to give you a future and a hope.
1213Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, 14and I will hear you.
1315You will seek me and find me, when you seek me 16with all your heart.
I will be found by you, declares the LORD, 17and I will restore your fortunes and 18gather you from all the nations and all the places 19where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
"Because you have said, 'The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,'