24 To Shemaiah the Nehelamite you are to say,
25 "This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Youa in your own name have sent out letters to all the people of Jerusalem, to the priest Zephaniahb son of Maaseiah, and to all the priests, saying:
26 The Lord has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada the priest to be the chief officerc in the temple of the Lord, responsible for every madmand who acts like a prophet. You must confine him in stockse and an iron collar.
27 So now, why have you not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth who has been acting like a prophet among you?
28 For he has sent [word] to us in Babylon, claiming: The exile will be long. Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat their produce."f
29 Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the hearing of Jeremiah the prophet.

A Message about Shemaiah

30 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:
31 "Send [a message] to all the exiles, saying: This is what the Lord says concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite. Because Shemaiah prophesied to you, though I did not send him, and made you trust a lie,g
32 this is what the Lord says: I am about to punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. There will not be even one of his [descendants] living among these people, nor will any ever see the good that I will bring to My people"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"for he has preached rebellion against the Lord."