Now these are the words of the 1letterwhichJeremiah the prophetsent from Jerusalem to the rest of the elders of the exile, the priests, the prophets and all the peoplewhomNebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
(This was afterKing2Jeconiah and the 3queenmother, the courtofficials, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem.)
The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of 4Hilkiah, whomZedekiahking of Judahsent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon, saying,
4"Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exileswhom I have 5sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon,
'6Buildhouses and live in them; and plantgardens and eat their aproduce.
6'Take7wives and bbecome the fathers of sons and daughters, and takewives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bearsons and daughters; and multiplythere and do not decrease.