Bible: Jeremiah 29:1-7

Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles

29:1 The prophet Jeremiah sent a letter to the exiles Nebuchadnezzar had carried off from Jerusalem 1  to Babylon. It was addressed to the elders who were left among the exiles, to the priests, to the prophets, and to all the other people who were exiled in Babylon. 2  29:2 He sent it after King Jeconiah, the queen mother, the palace officials, 3  the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metal workers had been exiled from Jerusalem. 4  29:3 He sent it with Elasah son of Shaphan 5  and Gemariah son of Hilkiah. 6  King Zedekiah of Judah had sent these men to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. 7  The letter said:

29:4The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 8  says to all those he sent 9  into exile to Babylon from Jerusalem, 10  29:5 Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what they produce. 29:6 Marry and have sons and daughters. Find wives for your sons and allow your daughters get married so that they too can have sons and daughters. Grow in number; do not dwindle away. 29:7 Work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the Lord for it. For as it prospers you will prosper.’

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