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4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 (A)Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and (B)pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. 8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: (C)Do not let your prophets and (D)your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream,[a] 9 for (E)it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; (F)I did not send them, declares the Lord.
10 “For thus says the Lord: (G)When seventy years are completed for Babylon, (H)I will visit you, (I)and I will fulfill to you my promise (J)and bring you back to this place. 11 (K)For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[b] and not for evil, (L)to give you a future and a hope. 12 (M)Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, (N)and I will hear you. 13 (O)You will seek me and find me, when you seek me (P)with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, (Q)and I will restore your fortunes and (R)gather you from all the nations and all the places (S)where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.Read full chapter