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1 Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon; 2 (After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;) 3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying, 4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; 5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; 6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. 7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. 8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD. 10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. 15 Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised us up prophets in Babylon; 16 Know that thus saith the LORD of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity; 17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. 18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them: 19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD. 20 Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon: 21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes; 22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The LORD make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire; 23 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD. 24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying, 25 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying, 26 The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks. 27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you? 28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet. 30 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie: 32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught rebellion against the LORD.

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1 Sarah R = ""Jeremiah was called to be a prophet at a most unhappy time. With the failure of Josiah's revival the final decline of the nation was under way. When he was called, it was intimated to Jeremiah that his message would be one of condemnation rather than salvation (1:10, 18, 19). Yet he was also given a message of hope (30:1-3, 18-22; 31:1-14, 23-40). Throughout his long ministry of more than 40 years his preaching reflected this theme of judgment. God had risen early and sent His servants, the prophets, but Israel would not hear (7:25; 44:4). Now the fate predicted for an apostate nation in Deuteronomy 28-30 was inevitable. Babylon would capture Judah, and it would be better for the people to surrender and so to save their lives."- Zondervan's Pictorial Bible Dictionary, "Jeremiah""
2 Randy O = "It was from Shaphan's lips that Josiah heard the Law read. Shaphan was also one of those sent by the king to the prophetess Huldah (2 Kings 22 2 Chronicles 34). He was undoubtedly one of the staunchest supporters of Josiah in his work of reform. He was the father of Ahikam (2 Kings 22:12 2 Chronicles 34:20 Jeremiah 26:24), who befriended and protected the prophet Jeremiah. Another son, Elasah, was one of the two men entrusted by Jeremiah with his letter to the captives in Babylon (Jeremiah 29:3). A third son, Gemariah, vainly tried to prevent King Jehoiakim from burning "the roll" (Jeremiah 36:10, 11, 12, 25). "
3 Sylvia F = "Since God has exiled his people, he's telling them to settle in for the time of captivity, they must not rebel.  The concept of praying for one's captors is novel for the ancient world."
4 Stephanie C = "Go into Babylon and live,have children and you will reproduce and increase in people. Be at this place and live this verse of Lord exclaims."
5 Cary W = "We are the Lord's people, where ever we find ourselves, and as we pray for our city and nation, rather than criticize, we add to the peace of that place, which in return, increases our own blessing and peace."
6 Randy O = "Even in judgement Yahwey blesses the human race! When sending His people into captivity He instructs them to pray for the peace (shalom) of the city where he has sent them. The Hebrew word here is SHALOM which means much more than just peace.  We don't have a single word in English to properly communicate the meaning carried in the Hebrew word shalom. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on the word shalom."Shalom, as term and message, seems to encapsulate a reality and hope of wholeness for the individual, within societal relations, and for the whole world. To say joy and peace, meaning a state of affairs where there is no dispute or war, does not begin to describe the sense of the term. Completeness seems to be at the center of shalom...The noun shalom means safe, for example, well and happy. On a more abstract application, its use points to welfare, for example, health, prosperity, and, peace."Think of it...God tells His people to pray to Him for the shalom of every city where he has sent them away captive...so that He can bless both the captors and the captives. How unfathomable are the riches of His mercy!"
7 Randy O = "Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.There are dreams which come from God and dreams which come from your own life experiences.  A true prophet knows the difference."
8 Montreece H = "How comforting! After his own people suffer the consequences of their own disobedience God lets them know there is an expiration date (70 years) and that they can have peace in knowing that He will "perform good" toward them (verse 10). Then, the omnisicent God goes on to tell them that, because He is all-knowing, of course, "He knows the thoughts [He] thinks toward" them and those thoughts are of peace...(verse 11). God's people can rest and have peace in knowing that as born-again Christians who identify with Him through water baptism and holy spirit baptism, this letter applies to them. This reassurance and comfort comes in handy for us when we feel God has forgotten us, or we get caught up in blaming ourselves for our own transgressions against Him.So be encouraged Christian soldier. No matter what, there is an expiration date to your suffering and God has peaceful thoughts and good will toward you!"
9 Cary W = "We are not only encouraged to fear the Lord, but to also trust, His thoughts are not like our own; He is the Good Father Who thought toward us is only love, peace and our highest end."
10 Cary W = "Each day is a new opportunity to lay down our life, goals, problems, and concerns and simply seek God with our whole heart.  He promises to show up, that when we seek Him, we shall find and encounter the Most High God!"
11 Sarah Mangum = "Top 10 Christian Verses for Those Starting New Ventures"
12 Cary W = "This is such a grand promise: if we seek Him with our whole being, we shall surely encounter the Most High God!  To find or be found by God is unspeakable glory, infinite wisdom and insight, and love beyond all we have ever known!"
13 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "This is God's promise to the Jewish people that in the end of days He will gather us from the nations to which he scattered us and return us to the land of our forefathers; the Land of Israel."
14 Sarah R = ""Jeremiah’s letter is not well received by those in exile. They choose instead to listen to the empty promises of false prophets. One such prophet, Shemaiah, becomes so angry with Jeremiah’s correspondence that he writes back to the priest Zephaniah in Jerusalem. In this letter, he complains of Jeremiah’s prediction of a long captivity and urges the priest to punish the prophet. Hopefully this embarrassment will silence him. While Zephaniah does not place Jeremiah in shackles, he does read Shemaiah’s letter aloud to Jeremiah (and no doubt to others) in Jerusalem."- The Voice Study Bible"
15 Sarah R = "There are false prophets in the world who say they have a message from God but are not sent by God at all. Any time someone says they have a message or "new revelation" from the Lord, it should always be checked with Scripture. God will not contradict Himself."