Jeremiah sendeth a letter to the captives in Babylon, to be quiet there,
Jeremiah 29:1 Now these are the wordes of the booke that Ieremiah the Prophet sent from Ierusalem vnto the residue of the Elders which were caryed away captiues, and to the Priestes, and to the Prophets, and to all the people whome Nebuchad-nezzar had caried away captiue from Ierusalem to Babel: Jeremiah 29:2 (After that Ieconiah the King, and the Queene, and the eunuches, the princes of Iudah, and of Ierusalem, and the workemen, and cunning men were departed from Ierusalem) Jeremiah 29:3 By the hand of Elasah the sonne of Shaphan and Gemariah the sonne of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah King of Iudah sent vnto Babel to Nebuchad-nezzar King of Babel) saying, Jeremiah 29:4 Thus hath the Lorde of hostes the God of Israel spoken vnto all that are caryed away captiues, whome I haue caused to be caryed away captiues from Ierusalem vnto Babel: Jeremiah 29:5 Buylde you houses to dwell in, and plant you gardens, and eate the fruites of them. Jeremiah 29:6 Take you wiues, and beget sonnes and daughters, and take wiues for your sonnes, and giue your daughters to husbands, that they may beare sonnes and daughters, that ye may bee increased there, and not diminished. Jeremiah 29:7 And seeke the prosperitie of the citie, whither I haue caused you to be caried away captiues, and pray vnto the Lorde for it: for in the peace thereof shall you haue peace.
and not to believe the dreams of their prophets,
Jeremiah 29:8 For thus saith the Lord of hostes the God of Israel, Let not your prophets, and your southsayers that bee among you, deceiue you, neither giue eare to your dreames, which you dreame. Jeremiah 29:9 For they prophecie you a lie in my Name: I haue not sent them, saith the Lorde.
and that they shall return with grace after seventy years.
Jeremiah 29:10 But thus saith the Lorde, That after seuentie yeeres be accomplished at Babel, I will visite you, and performe my good promes toward you, and cause you to returne to this place. Jeremiah 29:11 For I knowe the thoughtes, that I haue thought towards you, saith the Lorde, euen the thoughtes of peace, and not of trouble, to giue you an ende, and your hope. Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall you crie vnto mee, and ye shal go and pray vnto me, and I will heare you, Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seeke mee and finde mee, because ye shall seeke mee with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:14 And I wil be found of you, saith the Lord, and I will turne away your captiuitie, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places, whither I haue cast you, saith the Lord, and will bring you againe vnto the place, whence I caused you to be caryed away captiue.
He foretelleth the destruction of the rest for their disobedience.
Jeremiah 29:15 Because ye haue sayd, The Lord hath raised vs vp Prophets in Babel, Jeremiah 29:16 Therefore thus saith the Lorde of the King, that sitteth vpon the throne of Dauid, and of all the people, that dwell in this citie, your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captiuitie: Jeremiah 29:17 Euen thus sayth the Lorde of hostes, Beholde, I will sende vpon them the sworde, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figges, that cannot bee eaten, they are so naughtie. Jeremiah 29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence: and I will make them a terror to all kingdomes of the earth, and a curse, and astonishment and an hissing, and a reproche among all the nations whither I haue cast them, Jeremiah 29:19 Because they haue not hearde my words, saith the Lorde, which I sent vnto them by my seruantes the Prophetes, rising vp earely, and sending them, but yee woulde not heare, saith the Lorde.
He sheweth the fearful end of Ahab and Zedekiah, two lying prophets.
Jeremiah 29:20 Heare ye therefore the word of the Lord all ye of the captiuitie, whome I haue sent from Ierusalem to Babel. Jeremiah 29:21 Thus saith the Lorde of hostes, the God of Israel, of Ahab the sonne of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the sonne of Maaseiah, which prophecie lyes vnto you in my Name, Beholde, I will deliuer them into the hande of Nebuchad-nezzar King of Babel, and he shall slay them before your eyes. Jeremiah 29:22 And al they of the captiuitie of Iudah, that are in Babel, shal take vp this curse against them, and say, The Lorde make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whome the King of Babel burnt in the fire, Jeremiah 29:23 Because they haue committed vilenie in Israel, and haue committed adulterie with their neighbours wiues, and haue spoken lying words in my Name, which I haue not commaunded them, euen I knowe it, and testifie it, saith the Lorde.
Shemaiah writeth a letter against Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 29:24 Thou shalt also speake to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying, Jeremiah 29:25 Thus speaketh the Lorde of hostes, the God of Israel, saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy Name vnto all the people, that are at Ierusalem, and to Zephaniah the sonne of Maaseiah the Priest, and to all the Priests, saying, Jeremiah 29:26 The Lorde hath made thee Priest for Iehoiada the Priest, that yee should bee officers in the House of the Lorde, for euery man that raueth and maketh himselfe a Prophet, to put him in prison and in the stockes. Jeremiah 29:27 Nowe therefore why hast not thou reproued Ieremiah of Anathoth, which prophecieth vnto you? Jeremiah 29:28 For, for this cause hee sent vnto vs in Babel, saying, This captiuitie is long: buyld houses to dwell in, and plant gardens, and eate the fruites of them. Jeremiah 29:29 And Zephaniah the Priest red this letter in the eares of Ieremiah the Prophet.
Jeremiah readeth his doom.
Jeremiah 29:30 Then came the worde of the Lorde vnto Ieremiah, saying, Jeremiah 29:31 Send to all them of the captiuitie, saying, Thus saith the Lorde of Shemaiah the Nehelamite, Because that Shemaiah hath prophecied vnto you, and I sent him not, and hee caused you to trust in a lye, Jeremiah 29:32 Therefore thus saieth the Lord, Behold, I wil visite Shemaiah the Nehelamite, & his seede: hee shall not haue a man to dwell among this people, neither shall he beholde the good, that I will doe for my people, sayth the Lorde, because he hath spoken rebelliously against the Lorde.