Now 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 Nebuchadnez'zar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;
take 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.
¶ For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years 2 Chr. 36.21 · Jer. 25.11 · Dan. 9.2 be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
And 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.
And 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 a hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolai'ah, and of Zedeki'ah the son of Ma-asei'ah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrez'zar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;
because they have committed villainy in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbors' 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.
Thus 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 Zephani'ah the son of Ma-asei'ah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoi'ada 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.
Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemai'ah the Nehel'amite; Because that Shemai'ah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie:
therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemai'ah the Nehel'amite, 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.