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;
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;)
3By 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,
4Thus 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
5Build ye houses, and dwell
in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;
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.
7And 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.
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.
9For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.
10For 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.
11For 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.
shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your
14And 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.
15Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised
us up prophets in Babylon;
16Know 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;
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.
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:
19Because 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.
ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:
21Thus 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;
22And 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;
23Because 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.
24Thus shalt thou also speak
to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,
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,
26The 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.
why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?
28For 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.
29And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.
30Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
31Send 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:
32Therefore 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.