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.17
Also, seek2 the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray3 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 prophets4 and diviners among you deceive5 you. Do not listen to the dreams6 you encourage them to have.79
They are prophesying lies8 to you in my name. I have not sent9 them," declares the LORD.
This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years10 are completed for Babylon, I will come to you11 and fulfill my gracious promise12 to bring you back13 to this place.
For I know the plans14 I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper15 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.1612
Then you will call17 upon me and come and pray18 to me, and I will listen19 to you.
You will seek20 me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.2114
I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back22 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."2315
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--