1 This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to those who were left of the elders in exile, to the priests, the prophets and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had deported from Jerusalem to Babylon.
Esth 9:20 2Chr 30:1-6 2Cor 7:8 Acts 15:23 Gal 6:11 Heb 13:22 Jer 24:1-7
2 This was after King Jeconiah had left Jerusalem with the queen mother, the eunuchs, the chief men of Judah and Jerusalem, and the blacksmiths and metalworkers.
Jer 22:24-28 2Chr 36:9-10 2Kgs 24:12-16 Jer 27:20 2Kgs 9:32 2Kgs 20:18 Dan 1:3-21
3 The letter was entrusted to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah had sent to Babylon, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. The letter said:
1Chr 6:13 2Chr 34:20 2Kgs 22:8 2Kgs 22:12 Ezek 8:11 Jer 26:24 Jer 36:25
4 'Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this to all the exiles deported from Jerusalem to Babylon:
Jer 24:5 Amos 3:6 Isa 5:5 Isa 10:5-6 Isa 45:7 Isa 59:1-2
5 Build houses, settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce;
Jer 29:28 Ezek 28:26 Jer 29:10
6 marry and have sons and daughters; choose wives for your sons, find husbands for your daughters so that these can bear sons and daughters in their turn; you must increase there and not decrease.
Jer 16:2-4 1Cor 7:36-38 1Tim 5:14 Gen 1:27-28 Gen 9:7 Gen 21:21 Gen 24:3-4
7 Work for the good of the city to which I have exiled you; pray to Yahweh on its behalf, since on its welfare yours depends.
1Tim 2:1-2 Ezra 6:10 Ezra 7:23 1Pet 2:13-17 Dan 4:19 Dan 4:27 Rom 13:5
8 For Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this: Do not be deceived by the prophets who are with you or by your diviners; do not listen to the dreams you have,
Eph 5:6 Jer 5:31 2John 1:7-9 2Pet 2:2-3 2Tim 3:13 Jer 14:14 Jer 23:21
9 since they prophesy lies to you in my name. I have not sent them, Yahweh declares.
Jer 27:15 Jer 29:31 Jer 29:23
10 For Yahweh says this: When the seventy years granted to Babylon are over, I shall intervene on your behalf and fulfil my favourable promise to you by bringing you back to this place.
Dan 9:2 Jer 27:22 Jer 25:12 Zech 7:5 Jer 24:6-7 Jer 32:42-44 Zeph 2:7
11 Yes, I know what plans I have in mind for you, Yahweh declares, plans for peace, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Isa 55:8-12 Ps 33:11 Ps 40:5 Mic 4:12 Job 23:13 Lam 3:26 Isa 46:10-11
12 When you call to me and come and pray to me, I shall listen to you.
Jer 33:3 Matt 7:7-8 Ps 50:15 Ps 10:17 Ps 145:19 Isa 65:24 Isa 30:19
13 When you search for me, you will find me; when you search wholeheartedly for me,
Jer 24:7 Ps 119:2 Deut 4:29-31 Joel 2:12 Ps 119:10 Luke 11:9-10 Matt 7:7
14 I shall let you find me (Yahweh declares. I shall restore your fortunes and gather you in from all the nations and wherever I have driven you, Yahweh declares. I shall bring you back to the place from which I exiled you).
Jer 30:3 Jer 50:33-34 Ps 32:6 Ps 126:4 1Chr 28:9 2Chr 15:12-15 Amos 9:14
15 'Since you say: Yahweh has raised up prophets for us in Babylon-
Ezek 1:1 Ezek 1:3 Jer 28:1-17 Jer 29:8-9
16 this is what Yahweh says about the king now occupying the throne of David and all the people living in this city, your brothers who did not go with you into exile:
Jer 38:2-3 Jer 38:17-23 Ezek 6:1-9 Ezek 17:12-21 Ezek 21:9-27 Ezek 22:31 Ezek 24:1-14
17 Yahweh Sabaoth says this: I am now going to send them sword, famine and plague; I shall make them like rotten figs, so bad as to be uneatable.
Jer 24:8-10 Jer 29:18 Ezek 5:12-17 Ezek 14:12-21 Jer 15:2-3 Jer 24:1-3 Jer 27:8
18 I shall pursue them with sword, famine and plague. I shall make them an object of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse, a thing of horror, scorn and derision to all the nations where I have driven them,
2Chr 29:8 Jer 15:4 Jer 42:18 Deut 28:25 Jer 24:9 Ezek 12:15 Isa 65:15
19 because they have refused to listen to my words, Yahweh declares, although I have persistently sent them all my servants the prophets; but they would not listen, Yahweh declares.
Jer 6:19 Jer 26:5 Heb 12:25 Jer 7:13 Jer 7:24-26 Jer 25:3-7 Jer 32:33
20 But all you exiles, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon, listen to Yahweh's word!
Jer 24:5 Mic 4:10 Ezek 3:11 Ezek 3:15
21 'This is what Yahweh Sabaoth, God of Israel, says about Ahab son of Kolaiah, and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who prophesy lies to you in my name: I shall hand them over now to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon who will put them to death before your very eyes.
Jer 14:14-15 Jer 29:8-9 Lam 2:14
22 This curse, based on their fate, will be used by all the exiles of Judah in Babylon: May Yahweh treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, roasted alive by the king of Babylon,
Dan 3:6 Isa 65:15 Dan 3:21 1Cor 16:22 Gen 48:20 Ruth 4:11
23 because they have done a scandalous thing in Israel, committing adultery with their neighbour's wives and speaking lying words in my name without orders from me. I know all the same and am witness to it, Yahweh declares.'
Jer 23:14 Heb 4:13 Mal 3:5 Jer 16:17 Jer 29:8-9 Jer 29:21 Prov 5:21
24 'And to Shemaiah of Nehelam you will speak as follows:
25 Yahweh Sabaoth, God of Israel, says this: Since you, on your own initiative, have sent a letter to all the people in Jerusalem, to the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah (and to all the priests), saying:
Jer 29:29 Jer 37:3 Jer 52:24 1Kgs 21:8-13 2Chr 32:17 2Kgs 10:1-7 2Kgs 19:9
26 Yahweh has appointed you priest in place of the priest Jehoiada to keep order in the Temple of Yahweh, to put any crazy fellow posing as a prophet in the stocks and collar,
Jer 20:1-2 2Kgs 9:11 Acts 26:24 Hos 9:7 John 10:20 Acts 16:24 Deut 13:1-5
27 why then have you not disciplined Jeremiah of Anathoth, now posing as a prophet to you?
2Chr 25:16 2Tim 3:8 Acts 4:17-21 Acts 5:28 Acts 5:40 Amos 7:12-13 Jer 1:1
28 Why, he has even sent us a message in Babylon, saying: It will be a long time. Build houses, settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.'. . .
Jer 29:5 Jer 29:1 Jer 29:10
29 (Now, after the priest Zephaniah had read this letter to the prophet Jeremiah),
30 the word of Yahweh came then to Jeremiah as follows,
31 'Send this message to all the exiles, "This is what Yahweh says about Shemaiah of Nehelam: Since Shemaiah has prophesied to you without my sending him, and since he has caused you to rely on what is false
Jer 29:9 Ezek 13:8-16 Ezek 13:22-23 Jer 14:14-15 Jer 29:23-24 2Pet 2:1 Jer 23:21
32 for that reason, Yahweh declares, I shall punish Shemaiah of Nehelam and his descendants; no male member of his family will survive among this people to see the happiness that I will bestow on my people (Yahweh declares, since he has preached rebellion against Yahweh)."'
Jer 28:16 2Kgs 7:19-20 Jer 17:6 1Sam 2:30-34 2Kgs 7:2 Jer 22:30 2Kgs 5:27