This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried1 into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
"Build2 houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.37
Also, seek4 the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray5 to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."
Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets6 and diviners among you deceive7 you. Do not listen to the dreams8 you encourage them to have.99
They are prophesying lies10 to you in my name. I have not sent11 them," declares the LORD.
This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years12 are completed for Babylon, I will come to you13 and fulfill my gracious promise14 to bring you back15 to this place.
For I know the plans16 I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper17 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.1812
Then you will call19 upon me and come and pray20 to me, and I will listen21 to you.
You will seek22 me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.2314
I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back24 from captivity.a I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."25