Jeremiah sendeth a letter to the captives in Babylon, to be quiet there,
Jeremiah 29:1 These are the wordes of the boke, that Ieremy the prophet sent from Ierusalem vnto the presoners, þe senatoures, prestes, prophetes, & all the people, whom Nabuchodonosor had led vnto Babilon: Jeremiah 29:2 after that time that king Iechoniah and his quene, his chamberlaynes, the princes of Iuda and Ierusalem, the worckemasters of Ierusalem were departed thyther. Jeremiah 29:3 Which boke Elasah the sonne of Saphan, and Gamariah the sonne of Helkiah dyd beare, whom Zedekiah þe kyng of Iuda sent vnto Babilon to Nabuchodonosor the kinge of Babilon: these were the wordes of Ieremyes boke. Jeremiah 29:4 Thus hath the Lorde of hoostes the God of Israel spoken vnto all the presoners, that were led from Ierusalem vnto Babylon: Jeremiah 29:5 buylde you houses to dwel therin: plante you gardens, that ye maye enioye the frutes therof: Jeremiah 29:6 take you wyues, to beare you sonnes & daughters, prouyde wyues for your sonnes and husbandes for your daughters that they maye get sonnes and daughters, and that ye maye multiplye there. Laboure not to be fewe, Jeremiah 29:7 but seke after peace and prosperite of þe citye, wherin ye be presoners, & praye vnto God for it. For in þe peace therof, shall yor peace be.
and not to believe the dreams of their prophets,
Jeremiah 29:8 For thus sayth the Lorde of hostes the God of Israel. Let not these prophetes and sothsayers þt be among you disceaue you: & beleue not your awne dreames. Jeremiah 29:9 For why? they preache you lyes in my name, and I haue not sent them, sayth the Lorde.
and that they shall return with grace after seventy years.
Jeremiah 29:10 But thus sayth the Lorde. When ye haue fulfylled .lxx. yeares at Babylon, I wyll brynge you home, & of myne awne goodnes I wyll carye you hyther agayne into thys place. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know what I haue deuised for you, sayth the Lorde. My thoughtes are to geue you peace, and not trouble (which I geue you all ready) and that ye myght haue hope againe. Jeremiah 29:12 Ye shall crye vnto me, ye shall go and call vpon me, and I shall heare you. Jeremiah 29:13 Ye shall seke me and fynde me. Yee, yf so be that ye seke me with your whole hert, Jeremiah 29:14 I wil be founde of you, sayth the Lorde, and wyll delyuer you oute of preson, and gather you together agayne out of all places, wherin I haue scatered you, sayeth the Lorde, and wyll brynge you agayne to the same place, from whence I caused you to be caried awaye captiue.
He foretelleth the destruction of the rest for their disobedience.
Jeremiah 29:15 But where as ye saye, þt God hath raised you vp prophetes at Babilon. Jeremiah 29:16 Thus hath the Lorde spoken to the kinge that sytteth in the throne of Dauid, and to all the people that dwell in this citye, youre brethren that are not gone with you into captiuytie. Jeremiah 29:17 Thus (I saye) speaketh the Lord of hostes: Beholde, I wyll sende a swearde, honger and pestilence vpon them, and wyll make them lyke vntimely fygges, þt maye not be eaten for bitternes. Jeremiah 29:18 And I will persecute them with the swearde, with honger, and pestilence. I will delyuer them vp to be vexed of all kingdomes, to be cursed, abhorred, laughed to scorne, and put to confusyon of all the people, amonge whom I haue scatered them: Jeremiah 29:19 and that because they haue not bene obedient vnto my commaundementes, sayth the Lorde, which I sente vnto them by my seruauntes the prophetes. I stode vp early, and sent vnto them: but they wolde not heare, sayeth the Lorde.
He sheweth the fearful end of Ahab and Zedekiah, two lying prophets.
Jeremiah 29:20 Heare therfore the worde of the Lorde, all ye presoners, whom I sente from Ierusalem vnto Babilon. Jeremiah 29:21 Thus hath the Lorde of hostes the God of Israel spoken of Ahab the sonne of Colaiah, and of Zedekiah the sonne of Maasiah, which prophecye lyes vnto you in my name. Beholde, I wyll deliuer them into the hande of Nabuchodonosor the kyng of Babilon, that he maye slaye them before youre eyes. Jeremiah 29:22 And all the presoners of Iuda, that are in Babilon shall take vpon thys terme of cursynge, and saye: Nowe God do vnto the, as he dyd vnto Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babilon rosted in the fyer, Jeremiah 29:23 because they synned shamefully in Israel. For they haue not onely defiled their neyghbours wyues, but also preached lyinge wordes in my name, which I haue not commaunded them. This I testifye, and assure, sayth the Lorde.
Shemaiah writeth a letter against Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 29:24 But as for Semeiah the Nehelamite thou shalt speake vnto hym. Jeremiah 29:25 Thus sayth þe Lord of hostes the God of Israel: Because thou hast sealed letters vnder thy name vnto all þe people that is at Ierusalem, and to Sophoniah the sonne of Maasiah the preste: yee, & sent them to all the prestes: wherein thou wrytest thus vnto hym: Jeremiah 29:26 The Lorde hath ordeyned the to be preste in the stead of Iehoiada the preste: that thou shuldest be the chefe in the house of the Lord aboue all prophetes, and preachers, and þt þu mightest set them vpon the pillery, or in the stockes. Jeremiah 29:27 Howe happeneth it then, that þu hast not reproued Ieremye of Anathoth, which neuer leaueth of his prophecienge. Jeremiah 29:28 And besyde all thys, he hath sent vs worde vnto Babilon, and tolde vs playnely, that oure captiuite shall longe endure: that we shulde buylde vs houses to dwell therin: & to plante vs gardens that we maye enioye the frutes therof. Jeremiah 29:29 Which lettre Sophoniah the preaste redde, and let Ieremy the prophete heare it.
Jeremiah readeth his doom.
Jeremiah 29:30 Then came the worde of the Lorde vnto Ieremy, sayinge: Jeremiah 29:31 Sende worde to all them that be in captiuyte, on thys maner: Thus hath the Lorde spoken concerning Semeiah the Nehelamite: Because that Semeiah hath prophecyed vnto you without my commyssion, & brought you into a fals hope, Jeremiah 29:32 therfore thus the Lorde dothe certifye you: Beholde, I will viset Semeiah the Nehelamite, and his seede: so that none of hys shall remayne amonge this people, and none of them shall se the good, that I will do for this people, sayth the Lorde. For he hath preached falsely of the Lorde.