Jeremiah 29:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets1 and diviners among you deceive2 you. Do not listen to the dreams3 you encourage them to have.4 9 They are prophesying lies5 to you in my name. I have not sent6 them," declares the LORD. 10 This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years7 are completed for Babylon, I will come to you8 and fulfill my gracious promise9 to bring you back10 to this place. 11 For I know the plans11 I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper12 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.13 12 Then you will call14 upon me and come and pray15 to me, and I will listen16 to you. 13 You will seek17 me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.18 14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back19 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."20 15 You may say, "The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon," 16 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-- 17 yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: "I will send the sword, famine and plague21 against them and I will make them like poor figs22 that are so bad they cannot be eaten. 18 I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent23 to all the kingdoms of the earth and an object of cursing24 and horror,25 of scorn26 and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them.
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