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:
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried1 into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
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"Build2 houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
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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.3
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Also, seek4 the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray5 to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."
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Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets6 and diviners among you deceive7 you. Do not listen to the dreams8 you encourage them to have.9
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They are prophesying lies10 to you in my name. I have not sent11 them," declares the LORD.
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This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years12 are completed for Babylon, I will come to you13 and fulfill my gracious promise14 to bring you back15 to this place.
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For I know the plans16 I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper17 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.18
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Then you will call19 upon me and come and pray20 to me, and I will listen21 to you.
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You will seek22 me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.23
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