4 "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have 1sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon,
5 '2Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce.
6 'Take 3wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease.
7 '4Seek the welfare of the city where * I have sent you into exile, and 5pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.'
8 "For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Do not let your 6prophets who are in your midst and your diviners 7deceive you, and do not listen to 8the dreams which they dream.
9 'For they 9prophesy falsely to you in My name; 10I have not sent them,' declares the LORD.
10 "For thus says the LORD, 'When 11seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My 12good word to you, to bring you back to this place.
11 'For I know the 13plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for 14welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a 15hope.
12 'Then you will 16call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will 17listen to you.
13 'You will 18seek Me and find Me when you 19search for Me with all your heart.
14 'I will be 20found by you,' declares the LORD, 'and I will 21restore your fortunes and will 22gather you from all the nations and from all the places where * I have driven you,' declares the LORD, 'and I will 23bring you back to the place from where * I sent you into exile.'