Jeremiah 29:5-15 NIV

5 "Build1 houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.

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      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.2

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      7 Also, seek3 the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray4 to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."

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      8 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets5 and diviners among you deceive6 you. Do not listen to the dreams7 you encourage them to have.8

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      9 They are prophesying lies9 to you in my name. I have not sent10 them," declares the LORD.

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      10 This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years11 are completed for Babylon, I will come to you12 and fulfill my gracious promise13 to bring you back14 to this place.

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      11 For I know the plans15 I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper16 you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.17

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      12 Then you will call18 upon me and come and pray19 to me, and I will listen20 to you.

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      13 You will seek21 me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.22

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      14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back23 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."24

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        • b 29:14 - Or "will restore your fortunes"
          15 You may say, "The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,"