“This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles whom I have (A)sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: (B)Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their [a]produce. Take (C)wives and father sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may give birth to sons and daughters; and grow in numbers there and do not decrease. (D)Seek the [b]prosperity of the city where I have sent you into exile, and (E)pray to the Lord in its behalf; for [c]in its [d]prosperity will be your [e]prosperity.’

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 29:5 Lit fruit
  2. Jeremiah 29:7 Or peace
  3. Jeremiah 29:7 Or your prosperity will depend on its
  4. Jeremiah 29:7 Or peace
  5. Jeremiah 29:7 Or peace