Jeremiah 29 ©
Jeremiah by letter adviseth the captives in Babylon to live quietly there, and not to believe the illusions of their false prophets: he assureth them of a gracious return after seventy years, and foretelleth the destruction of those that remained at Jerusalem. He sheweth the fearful end of two of their lying prophets. Shemaiah having written a letter from Babylon against Jeremiah, his doom is likewise foretold.
NOW these are the words of athe letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of bthe elders which were carried away captives, and cto the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;
kTake ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; land 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.
For they prophesy 2falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.
And xI will be found of you, saith the LORD: and yI 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.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, cI will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them dlike *vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and ewill deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, 4to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, famong all the nations whither I have driven them:
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, jwhich 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;
Because they mhave 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; neven I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD.
¶Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the 5Nehelamite, saying,
Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Because thou hast osent letters in thy name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to pZephaniah the son of qMaaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
The LORD hath made thee priest in the *stead of rJehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD, for every man that is smad, and tmaketh himself a prophet, that uthou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.
For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, yThis captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
¶Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
Therefore thus saith the LORD; cBehold, 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; dbecause he hath taught 6rebellion against the LORD.