"Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what you grow in them.
Marry and have children. Then let your children get married, so that they also may have children. You must increase in numbers and not decrease.
Work for the good of the cities where I have made you go as prisoners. Pray to me on their behalf, because if they are prosperous, you will be prosperous too.
I, the Lord, the God of Israel, warn you not to let yourselves be deceived by the prophets who live among you or by any others who claim they can predict the future. Do not pay any attention to their a dreams.
They are telling you lies in my name. I did not send them. I, the Lord Almighty, have spoken.'
"The Lord says, "When Babylonia's seventy years are over, I will show my concern for you and keep my promise to bring you back home. 111
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. b12
Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you.
You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart. 214
Yes, I say, you will find me, and I will restore you to your land. I will gather you from every country and from every place to which I have scattered you, and I will bring you back to the land from which I had sent you away into exile. I, the Lord, have spoken.'
"You say that the Lord has given you prophets in Babylonia.