1 H428 Now these H1697 are the words H5612 of the letter H3414 that Jeremiah H5030 the prophet H7971 sent H3389 from Jerusalem H3499 to the residue H2205 of the elders H1473 which were carried H1473 away captives, H3548 and to the priests, H5030 and to the prophets, H3605 and to all H5971 the people H834 whom H5019 Nebuchadnezzar H1540 had carried H1473 away captive H3389 from Jerusalem H894 to Babylon;
2 H310 (After H3204 that Jeconiah H4428 the king, H1377 and the queen, H5631 and the eunuchs, H8269 the princes H3063 of Judah H3389 and Jerusalem, H2796 and the carpenters, H4525 and the smiths, H3318 were departed H3389 from Jerusalem;)
3 H3027 By the hand H501 of Elasah H1121 the son H8227 of Shaphan, H1587 and Gemariah H1121 the son H2518 of Hilkiah, H834 (whom H6667 Zedekiah H4428 king H3063 of Judah H7971 sent H894 to Babylon H5019 to Nebuchadnezzar H4428 king H894 of Babylon) H559 saying,
4 H3541 Thus H559 said H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts, H430 the God H3478 of Israel, H3605 to all H1473 that are carried H1473 away captives, H834 whom H1540 I have caused to be carried H3389 away from Jerusalem H894 to Babylon;
5 H1129 Build H1004 you houses, H3427 and dwell H5193 in them; and plant H1593 gardens, H398 and eat H6529 the fruit of them;
6 H3947 Take H802 you wives, H3205 and beget H1121 sons H1323 and daughters; H3947 and take H802 wives H1121 for your sons, H5414 and give H1323 your daughters H582 to husbands, H3205 that they may bear H1121 sons H1323 and daughters; H7235 that you may be increased H8033 there, H4591 and not diminished.
7 H1875 And seek H7965 the peace H5892 of the city H834 where H8033 H1540 I have caused you to be carried H1540 away captives, H6419 and pray H3068 to the LORD H7965 for it: for in the peace H1961 thereof shall you have H7965 peace.
8 H3541 For thus H559 said H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts, H430 the God H3478 of Israel; H5030 Let not your prophets H7080 and your diviners, H7130 that be in the middle H5377 of you, deceive H408 you, neither H8085 listen H2472 to your dreams H834 which H2492 you cause to be dreamed.
9 H5012 For they prophesy H8267 falsely H8034 to you in my name: H7971 I have not sent H5002 them, said H3068 the LORD.
10 H3541 For thus H559 said H3068 the LORD, H6310 That after H7657 seventy H8141 years H4390 be accomplished H894 at Babylon H6485 I will visit H6965 you, and perform H2896 my good H1697 word H5921 toward H7725 you, in causing you to return H2088 to this H4725 place.
11 H3045 For I know H4284 the thoughts H2803 that I think H5921 toward H5002 you, said H3068 the LORD, H4284 thoughts H7965 of peace, H7451 and not of evil, H5414 to give H8615 you an expected H319 end.
12 H7121 Then shall you call H1980 on me, and you shall go H6419 and pray H8085 to me, and I will listen to you.
13 H1245 And you shall seek H4672 me, and find H3588 me, when H1875 you shall search H3605 for me with all H3824 your heart.
14 H4672 And I will be found H5002 of you, said H3068 the LORD: H7725 and I will turn H7622 away your captivity, H6908 and I will gather H3605 you from all H1471 the nations, H3605 and from all H4725 the places H834 where H8033 H5080 I have driven H5002 you, said H3068 the LORD; H7725 and I will bring H7725 you again H413 into H4725 the place H834 from where H8033 H1540 I caused you to be carried H1540 away captive.
15 H3588 Because H559 you have said, H3068 The LORD H6965 has raised H5030 us up prophets H894 in Babylon;
16 H3541 Know that thus H559 said H3068 the LORD H4428 of the king H3427 that sits H3678 on the throne H1732 of David, H3605 and of all H5971 the people H3427 that dwells H2063 in this H5892 city, H251 and of your brothers H3318 that are not gone H3318 forth H1473 with you into captivity;
17 H3541 Thus H559 said H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts; H2005 Behold, H7971 I will send H2719 on them the sword, H7458 the famine, H1698 and the pestilence, H5414 and will make H8182 them like vile H8384 figs, H3808 that cannot H398 be eaten, H7455 they are so evil.
18 H7291 And I will persecute H310 H2719 them with the sword, H7458 with the famine, H1698 and with the pestilence, H5414 and will deliver H2189 them to be removed H3605 to all H4467 the kingdoms H776 of the earth, H423 to be a curse, H8047 and an astonishment, H8322 and an hissing, H2781 and a reproach, H3605 among all H1471 the nations H834 where H8033 H5080 I have driven them:
19 H8478 Because H834 H8085 they have not listened H1697 to my words, H5002 said H3068 the LORD, H834 which H7971 I sent H5650 to them by my servants H5030 the prophets, H7925 rising H7925 up early H7971 and sending H8085 them; but you would not hear, H5002 said H3068 the LORD.
20 H8085 Hear H1697 you therefore the word H3068 of the LORD, H3605 all H1473 you of the captivity, H834 whom H7971 I have sent H3389 from Jerusalem H894 to Babylon:
21 H3541 Thus H559 said H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts, H430 the God H3478 of Israel, H256 of Ahab H1121 the son H6964 of Kolaiah, H6667 and of Zedekiah H1121 the son H4641 of Maaseiah, H5012 which prophesy H8267 a lie H8034 to you in my name; H2009 Behold, H5414 I will deliver H3027 them into the hand H5019 of Nebuchadrezzar H4428 king H894 of Babylon; H5221 and he shall slay H5869 them before your eyes;
22 H3947 And of them shall be taken H7045 up a curse H3605 by all H1546 the captivity H3063 of Judah H834 which H894 are in Babylon, H559 saying, H3068 The LORD H7760 make H6667 you like Zedekiah H256 and like Ahab, H834 whom H4428 the king H894 of Babylon H7033 roasted H784 in the fire;
23 H3282 Because H834 H6213 they have committed H5039 villainy H3478 in Israel, H6213 and have committed H5003 adultery H7453 with their neighbors’ H802 wives, H1696 and have spoken H8267 lying H1697 words H8034 in my name, H834 which H6680 I have not commanded H3045 them; even I know, H5707 and am a witness, H5002 said H3068 the LORD.
25 H3541 Thus H559 speaks H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts, H430 the God H3478 of Israel, H559 saying, H3282 Because H834 H7971 you have sent H5612 letters H8034 in your name H3605 to all H5971 the people H3389 that are at Jerusalem, H6846 and to Zephaniah H1121 the son H4641 of Maaseiah H3548 the priest, H3605 and to all H3548 the priests, H559 saying,
26 H3068 The LORD H5414 has made H3548 you priest H8478 in the stead H3111 of Jehoiada H3548 the priest, H6496 that you should be officers H1004 in the house H3068 of the LORD, H376 for every man H7696 that is mad, H5012 and makes himself a prophet, H5414 that you should put H4115 him in prison, H6729 and in the stocks.
27 H6258 Now H4100 therefore why H1605 have you not reproved H3414 Jeremiah H6068 of Anathoth, H5012 which makes himself a prophet to you?
28 H5921 For therefore H3651 H7971 he sent H894 to us in Babylon, H559 saying, H1931 This H752 captivity is long: H1129 build H1004 you houses, H3427 and dwell H5193 in them; and plant H1593 gardens, H398 and eat H6529 the fruit of them.
29 H6846 And Zephaniah H3548 the priest H7121 read H5612 this letter H241 in the ears H3414 of Jeremiah H5030 the prophet.
31 H7971 Send H3605 to all H1473 them of the captivity, H559 saying, H3541 Thus H559 said H3068 the LORD H413 concerning H8098 Shemaiah H5161 the Nehelamite; H3282 Because H834 H8098 that Shemaiah H5012 has prophesied H7971 to you, and I sent H982 him not, and he caused you to trust H8267 in a lie:
32 H3651 Therefore H3541 thus H559 said H3068 the LORD; H2005 Behold, H6485 I will punish H8098 Shemaiah H5161 the Nehelamite, H2233 and his seed: H1961 he shall not have H376 a man H3427 to dwell H8432 among H2088 this H5971 people; H3808 neither H7200 shall he behold H2896 the good H6213 that I will do H5971 for my people, H5002 said H3068 the LORD; H3588 because H1696 he has taught H5627 rebellion H5921 against H3068 the LORD.