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Jeremiah’s Letter to the People of Judah in Babylonia

29 1-2 I had been left in Jerusalem when King Nebuchadnezzar[a] took many of the people of Jerusalem and Judah to Babylonia as prisoners, including King Jehoiachin,[b] his mother, his officials, and the metal workers and others in Jerusalem who were skilled in making things. So I wrote a letter to the prophets, the priests, the leaders, and the rest of our people in Babylonia.

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Footnotes

  1. 29.1,2 Nebuchadnezzar: See the note at 21.2.
  2. 29.1,2 Jehoiachin: Hebrew “Jeconiah” (see the note at 24.1).

that the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, had said:

I had you taken from Jerusalem to Babylonia. Now I tell you to settle there and build houses. Plant gardens and eat what you grow in them. Get married and have children, then help your sons find wives and help your daughters find husbands, so they can have children as well. I want your numbers to grow, not to get smaller.

Pray for peace in Babylonia and work hard to make it prosperous. The more successful that nation is, the better off you will be.

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