"Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: You have sent letters in your name to all the people who are in Jerusalem, and to 2Zephaniah the son of 3Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
'The LORD has made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, to have 4charge in the house of the LORD 5over every madman who prophesies, to put him in 6the stocks and neck irons.
Now why have you not rebuked Jeremiah 7of Anathoth who is prophesying to you?
For he has sent to us in Babylon, saying, "Your exile will be long; 8build houses and live in them, and plant gardens and eat their produce."'"
299Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the hearing of Jeremiah the prophet.
"Send to all the exiles, saying, 'Thus says the LORD concerning 11Shemaiah of Nehelam: Because 12Shemaiah had prophesied to you 13when I did not send him, and has made you trust in a lie,
therefore thus says the LORD: Behold, I will punish 14Shemaiah of Nehelam and his descendants. He shall not have anyone living among this people, 15and he shall not see the good that I will do to my people, declares the LORD, 16for he has spoken rebellion against the LORD.'"