Also, seek1 the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray2 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 prophets3 and diviners among you deceive4 you. Do not listen to the dreams5 you encourage them to have.69
They are prophesying lies7 to you in my name. I have not sent8 them," declares the LORD.
This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years9 are completed for Babylon, I will come to you10 and fulfill my gracious promise11 to bring you back12 to this place.
For I know the plans13 I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper14 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.1512
Then you will call16 upon me and come and pray17 to me, and I will listen18 to you.
You will seek19 me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.2014
I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back21 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."2215
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--
yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: "I will send the sword, famine and plague23 against them and I will make them like poor figs24 that are so bad they cannot be eaten.