For I know the plans1 I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper2 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.312
Then you will call4 upon me and come and pray5 to me, and I will listen6 to you.
You will seek7 me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.814
I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back9 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."1015
You may say, "The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,"
but this is what the LORD says about the king who sits on David's throne and all the people who remain in this city, your countrymen who did not go with you into exile--