1 H1697 Now these are the words H5612 of the letter H3414 that Jeremiah H5030 the prophet H7971 [H8804] sent H3389 from Jerusalem H3499 to the rest H2205 of the elders H1473 who were carried away captives H3548 , and to the priests H5030 , and to the prophets H5971 , and to all the people H5019 whom Nebuchadnezzar H1540 [H8689] had carried away captive H3389 from Jerusalem H894 to Babylon;
2 H310 (After H3204 Jeconiah H4428 the king H1377 , and the queen H5631 , and the eunuchs H8269 , the princes H3063 of Judah H3389 and Jerusalem H2796 , and the craftsmen H4525 , and the smiths H3318 [H8800] , had 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 H6667 , (whom Zedekiah H4428 king H3063 of Judah H7971 [H8804] sent H894 to Babylon H5019 to Nebuchadnezzar H4428 king H894 of Babylon H559 [H8800] ) saying,
4 H559 [H8804] Thus saith H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts H430 , the God H3478 of Israel H1473 , to all that are carried away captives H1540 [H8689] , whom I have caused to be carried away H3389 from Jerusalem H894 to Babylon;
5 H1129 [H8798] Build H1004 ye houses H3427 [H8798] , and dwell H5193 [H8798] in them; and plant H1593 gardens H398 [H8798] , and eat H6529 the fruit of them;
6 H3947 [H8798] Take H802 ye wives H3205 [H8685] , and beget H1121 sons H1323 and daughters H3947 [H8798] ; and take H802 wives H1121 for your sons H5414 [H8798] , and give H1323 your daughters H582 to husbands H3205 [H8799] , that they may bear H1121 sons H1121 and daughters H7235 [H8798] ; that ye may be increased H4591 [H8799] there, and not diminished.
7 H1875 [H8798] And seek H7965 the peace H5892 of the city H1540 [H8689] where I have caused you to be carried away captives H6419 [H8690] , and pray H3068 to the LORD H7965 for it: for in the peace H7965 of it ye shall have peace.
8 H559 [H8804] For thus saith H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts H430 , the God H3478 of Israel H5030 ; Let not your prophets H7080 [H8802] and your diviners H7130 , that are in the midst H5377 [H8686] of you, deceive H8085 [H8799] you, neither hearken H2472 to your dreams H2492 [H8688] which ye cause to be dreamed.
9 H5012 [H8737] For they prophesy H8267 falsely H8034 to you in my name H7971 [H8804] : I have not sent H5002 [H8803] them, saith H3068 the LORD.
10 H559 [H8804] For thus saith H3068 the LORD H6310 , That after H7657 seventy H8141 years H4390 [H8800] shall be accomplished H894 at Babylon H6485 [H8799] I will visit H6965 [H8689] you, and perform H2896 my good H1697 word H7725 [H8687] toward you, in causing you to return H4725 to this place.
11 H3045 [H8804] For I know H4284 the thoughts H2803 [H8802] that I think H5002 [H8803] toward you, saith H3068 the LORD H4284 , thoughts H7965 of peace H7451 , and not of evil H5414 [H8800] , to give H8615 you an expected H319 end.
12 H7121 [H8804] Then shall ye call H1980 [H8804] upon me, and ye shall go H6419 [H8694] and pray H8085 [H8804] to me, and I will hearken to you.
13 H1245 [H8765] And ye shall seek H4672 [H8804] me, and find H1875 [H8799] me, when ye shall search H3824 for me with all your heart.
14 H4672 [H8738] And I will be found H5002 [H8803] by you, saith H3068 the LORD H7725 [H8804] : and I will turn away H7622 H7622 [H8675] your captivity H6908 [H8765] , and I will gather H1471 you from all the nations H4725 , and from all the places H5080 [H8689] where I have driven H5002 [H8803] you, saith H3068 the LORD H7725 [H8689] ; and I will bring you again H4725 into the place H1540 [H8689] from which I caused you to be carried away captive.
15 H559 [H8804] Because ye have said H3068 , The LORD H6965 [H8689] hath raised up H5030 for us prophets H894 in Babylon;
16 H559 [H8804] Know that thus saith H3068 the LORD H4428 concerning the king H3427 [H8802] that sitteth H3678 upon the throne H1732 of David H5971 , and concerning all the people H3427 [H8802] that dwelleth H5892 in this city H251 , and concerning your brethren H3318 [H8804] that are not gone forth H1473 with you into captivity;
17 H559 [H8804] Thus saith H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts H7971 [H8764] ; Behold, I will send H2719 upon them the sword H7458 , the famine H1698 , and the pestilence H5414 [H8804] , and will make H8182 them like vile H8384 figs H398 [H8735] , that cannot be eaten H7455 , they are so bad.
18 H7291 [H8804] And I will persecute H310 them H2719 with the sword H7458 , with the famine H1698 , and with the pestilence H5414 [H8804] , and will deliver H2189 H2113 [H8675] them to be removed H4467 to all the kingdoms H776 of the earth H423 , to be a curse H8047 , and an horror H8322 , and an hissing H2781 , and a reproach H1471 , among all the nations H5080 [H8689] where I have driven them:
19 H8085 [H8804] Because they have not hearkened H1697 to my words H5002 [H8803] , saith H3068 the LORD H7971 [H8804] , which I sent H5650 to them by my servants H5030 the prophets H7925 [H8687] , rising early H7971 [H8800] and sending H8085 [H8804] them; but ye would not hear H5002 [H8803] , saith H3068 the LORD.
20 H8085 [H8798] Hear H1697 ye therefore the word H3068 of the LORD H1473 , all ye of the captivity H7971 [H8765] , whom I have sent H3389 from Jerusalem H894 to Babylon:
21 H559 [H8804] Thus saith H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts H430 , the God H3478 of Israel H256 , concerning Ahab H1121 the son H6964 of Kolaiah H6667 , and concerning Zedekiah H1121 the son H4641 of Maaseiah H5012 [H8737] , who prophesy H8267 a lie H8034 to you in my name H5414 [H8802] ; Behold, I will deliver H3027 them into the hand H5019 of Nebuchadnezzar H4428 king H894 of Babylon H5221 [H8689] ; and he shall slay H5869 them before your eyes;
22 H3947 [H8795] And concerning them shall be taken up H7045 a curse H1546 by all the captivity H3063 of Judah H894 who are in Babylon H559 [H8800] , saying H3068 , The LORD H7760 [H8799] make H6667 thee like Zedekiah H256 and like Ahab H4428 , whom the king H894 of Babylon H7033 [H8804] roasted H784 in the fire;
23 H6213 [H8804] Because they have committed H5039 villany H3478 in Israel H6213 [H8804] , and have committed H5003 [H8762] adultery H7453 with their neighbour's H802 wives H1696 [H8762] , and have spoken H8267 lying H1697 words H8034 in my name H6680 [H8765] , which I have not commanded H3045 [H8802] them; even I know H5707 , and am a witness H5002 [H8803] , saith H3068 the LORD.
24 H559 [H8799] Thus shalt thou also speak H8098 to Shemaiah H5161 the Nehelamite H559 [H8800] , saying,
25 H559 [H8804] Thus speaketh H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts H430 , the God H3478 of Israel H559 [H8800] , saying H7971 [H8804] , Because thou hast sent H5612 letters H8034 in thy name H5971 to all the people H3389 that are at Jerusalem H6846 , and to Zephaniah H1121 the son H4641 of Maaseiah H3548 the priest H3548 , and to all the priests H559 [H8800] , saying,
26 H3068 The LORD H5414 [H8804] hath made H3548 thee priest H3077 in the stead of Jehoiada H3548 the priest H6496 , that ye should be officers H1004 in the house H3068 of the LORD H376 , for every man H7696 [H8794] that is mad H5012 [H8693] , and maketh himself a prophet H5414 [H8804] , that thou shouldest put H4115 him in prison H6729 , and in the stocks.
27 H1605 [H8804] Now therefore why hast thou not reproved H3414 Jeremiah H6069 of Anathoth H5012 [H8693] , who maketh himself a prophet to you?
28 H7971 [H8804] For therefore he sent H894 to us in Babylon H559 [H8800] , saying H1931 , This H752 captivity is long H1129 [H8798] : build H1004 ye houses H3427 [H8798] , and dwell H5193 [H8798] in them; and plant H1593 gardens H398 [H8798] , and eat H6529 the fruit of them.
29 H6846 And Zephaniah H3548 the priest H7121 [H8799] read H5612 this letter H241 in the ears H3414 of Jeremiah H5030 the prophet.
31 H7971 [H8798] Send H1473 to all them of the captivity H559 [H8800] , saying H559 [H8804] , Thus saith H3068 the LORD H8098 concerning Shemaiah H5161 the Nehelamite H8098 ; Because Shemaiah H5012 [H8738] hath prophesied H7971 [H8804] to you, and I sent H982 [H8686] him not, and he caused you to trust H8267 in a lie:
32 H559 [H8804] Therefore thus saith H3068 the LORD H6485 [H8802] ; Behold, I will punish H8098 Shemaiah H5161 the Nehelamite H2233 , and his seed H376 : he shall not have a man H3427 [H8802] to dwell H8432 among H5971 this people H7200 [H8799] ; neither shall he behold H2896 the good H6213 [H8802] that I will do H5971 for my people H5002 [H8803] , saith H3068 the LORD H1696 [H8765] ; because he hath taught H5627 rebellion H3068 against the LORD.