11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland,(A) and these nations will serve(B) the king of Babylon seventy years.(C)

12 “But when the seventy years(D) are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon(E) and his nation, the land of the Babylonians,[a] for their guilt,” declares the Lord, “and will make it desolate(F) forever.

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  1. Jeremiah 25:12 Or Chaldeans

10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years(A) are completed for Babylon, I will come to you(B) and fulfill my good promise(C) to bring you back(D) to this place. 11 For I know the plans(E) I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper(F) you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.(G) 12 Then you will call(H) on me and come and pray(I) to me, and I will listen(J) to you. 13 You will seek(K) me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.(L) 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back(M) from captivity.[a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”(N)

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  1. Jeremiah 29:14 Or will restore your fortunes

12 Then the angel of the Lord said, “Lord Almighty, how long(A) will you withhold mercy(B) from Jerusalem and from the towns of Judah,(C) which you have been angry with these seventy(D) years?” 13 So the Lord spoke(E) kind and comforting words(F) to the angel who talked with me.(G)

14 Then the angel who was speaking to me said, “Proclaim this word: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I am very jealous(H) for Jerusalem and Zion, 15 and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure.(I) I was only a little angry,(J) but they went too far with the punishment.’(K)

16 “Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return(L) to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line(M) will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the Lord Almighty.(N)

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