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Message to the Yehudim of the first Captivity
29:1 Now these [are] the Divrei the letter that YirmeYahu ha Navi sent from Yerushalayim to the residue of the zekenim which were carried away captives, and to the Kohanim, and to ha Neviim, and to all the people whom Nevukadnetztzar (נבוּכדנאצּר) had carried away captive from Yerushalayim to Bavel;
29:2 (After that Yekonyah ha melekh, and the queen, and the sarisim (enunuchs), the sarim of Yehudah and Yerushalayim, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Yerushalayim;)
29:3 By the hand of El'asah Ben Shafan, and Gemaryah Ben Hilkyah, (whom Tzidkiyah melekh Yehudah sent to Bavel to Nevukadnetztzar (נבוּכדנאצּר) melekh Bavel) saying,
29:4 For thus said ADONAI (יהוה) Tza'vot:
Elohei Yisra'el, to all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Yerushalayim to Bavel;
29:5 Build houses, and dwell [in them]; and plant gardens, and eat their fruit.
29:6 Take wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters; that you may be increased there, and not diminished.
29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray to ADONAI (יהוה) for it: for in the shalom thereof shall you have peace.
29:8 For thus said ADONAI (יהוה) Tza'vot:
Elohei Yisra'el; Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.
29:9 For they prophesy falsely to you in My Name: I have not sent them, declares ADONAI (יהוה).
29:10 For Thus said ADONAI (יהוה):
That after seventy years be accomplished at Bavel I will visit you, and perform My Tov Dvar toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, declares ADONAI (יהוה), thoughts of shalom, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
29:12 Then shall you call upon Me, and you shall go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
29:13 And you shall seek Me, and find [Me], when you shall search for Me with all your heart.
29:14 And I will be found of you, declares ADONAI (יהוה): and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the Goyim, and from all the places whither I have driven you, declares ADONAI (יהוה); and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
29:15 Because you have said, ADONAI (יהוה) has raised us up Neviim in Bavel;
29:16 [Know] that thus said ADONAI (יהוה) of ha melekh that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, [and] of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity;
29:17 For thus said ADONAI (יהוה) Tza'vot:
Hinei, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all ha mamlakah (kingdoms) of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the goyim whither I have driven them:
29:19 Because they have not listen to My Devarim, declares ADONAI (יהוה), which I sent to them by My avadim ha Neviim, rising up early and sending [them]; but you would not hear, declares ADONAI (יהוה).
29:20 Ve attah shemut Dvar ADONAI (יהוה), all you of the captivity, whom I have sent from Yerushalayim to Bavel:
29:21 For thus said ADONAI (יהוה) Tza'vot:
Elohei Yisra'el, of Ahav Ben Kolayah, and of Tzidkiyah Ben Maaseyah, which prophesy a lie to you in My Name;hinei, I will deliver them into the hand of Nevuchadretzar melekh Bavel; and he shall slay them before your eyes;
29:22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Yehudah which [are] in Bavel, saying, ADONAI (יהוה) make you like Tzidkiyah and like Ahav, whom melekh Bavel roasted in the fire;
29:23 Because they have committed villany in Yisra'el, and have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken lying Devarim in My Name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and [am] a witness, declares ADONAI (יהוה).
29:24 [Thus] shall you also speak to Shemaiyah ha Nechelami, saying,
29:25 Thus speaks ADONAI (יהוה) Tza'vot:
Elohei Yisra'el, saying, Because you have sent letters in your name to all the people that [are] at Yerushalayim, and to Zefanyah Ben Maaseyah the kohen, and to all the Kohanim, saying,
29:26 ADONAI (יהוה) has made you kohen in the stead of Yehoiada the kohen, that you should be officers in ha bayit ADONAI (יהוה), for every man [that is] mad, and maketh himself a navi, that you should put him in bayit hakeleh (prison), and in the stocks.
29:27 Now therefore why have you not reproved YirmeYahu of Anathoth, which maketh himself a navi to you?
29:28 For therefore he sent to us [in] Bavel, saying, This [captivity is] long: build you batim, and dwell [in them]; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
29:29 And Zefanyah the kohen read this letter in the ears of YirmeYahu ha Navi.
Then came Dvar ADONAI (יהוה) to YirmeYahu, saying:
29:31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus said ADONAI (יהוה) concerning Shemaiyah ha Nechelami; Because that Shemaiyah has prophesied to you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie:
29:32 Therefore Thus said ADONAI (יהוה):
Hinei, I will punish Shemaiyah ha Nechelami, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall hehinei the good that I will do for My people, declares ADONAI (יהוה); because he has taught rebellion against ADONAI (יהוה).
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