Jeremiah 29:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 (This was after King Jehoiachina1 and the queen mother,2 the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.) 3 He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. It said: 4 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried3 into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 "Build4 houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 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.5 7 Also, seek6 the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray7 to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." 8 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets8 and diviners among you deceive9 you. Do not listen to the dreams10 you encourage them to have.11 9 They are prophesying lies12 to you in my name. I have not sent13 them," declares the LORD. 10 This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years14 are completed for Babylon, I will come to you15 and fulfill my gracious promise16 to bring you back17 to this place. 11 For I know the plans18 I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper19 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.20 12 Then you will call21 upon me and come and pray22 to me, and I will listen23 to you.
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