The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 29:1–32

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Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders of the captivity, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon,

Jer36:1  And these are the words of the book which Jeremias sent from Jerusalem to the elders of the captivity, and to the priests, and to the false prophets, even an epistle to Babylon for the captivity, and to all the people;

after that Jeconiah the king, and the queen-mother, and the officers, and the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the craftsmen, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;

Jer36:2  (after the departure of Jechonias the king and the queen, and the eunuchs, and every freeman, and bondman, and artificer, out of Jerusalem;)

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by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, saying

Jer36:3  by the hand of Eleasan son of Saphan, and Gamarias son of Chelcias, (whom Sedekias king of Juda sent to the king of Babylon to Babylon) saying,

It was sent by the hand of Elasah, the son of Shaphan, and by Gemariah, the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah, the king of Judah, sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, saying

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Thus saith YHWH of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all the captivity, whom I have caused to be carried away captive from Jerusalem unto Babylon

Jer36:4  Thus said the Lord God of Israel concerning the captivity which I caused to be carried away from Jerusalem;

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who have been taken away, whom I have caused to be transferred from Jerusalem to Babylon

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Build ye houses, and dwell in them, and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

Build houses and live in them. And plant gardens, and eat from their fruit.

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take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply ye there, and be not diminished.

Jer36:6  and take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, and be multiplied, and be not diminished.

Take wives, and conceive sons and daughters. And give wives to your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, and let them bear sons and daughters. And be multiplied there, and do not choose to be few in number.

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And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray unto YHWH for it; for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

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For thus saith YHWH of hosts, the God of Israel: Let not your prophets that are in the midst of you, and your diviners, beguile you, neither hearken ye to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.

Jer36:8  For thus saith the Lord; Let not the false prophets that are among you persuade you, and let not your diviners persuade you, and hearken not to your dreams which ye dream.

For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not allow your prophets and your diviners, who are in your midst, to seduce you. And you should pay no attention to your dreams, which you are dreaming.

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For they prophesy falsely unto you in My name; I have not sent them, saith YHWH.

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10  For thus saith YHWH: After seventy years are accomplished for Babylon, I will remember you, and perform My good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

Jer36:10  For thus said the Lord; When seventy years shall be on the point of being accomplished at Babylon, I will visit you, and will confirm my words to you, to bring back your people to this place.

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11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith YHWH, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jer36:11  And I will devise for you a device of peace, and not evil, to bestow upon you these good things.

12  And ye shall call upon Me, and go, and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.

Jer36:12  And do ye pray to me, and I will hearken to you: and do ye earnestly seek me, and ye shall find me;

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13  And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.

Jer36:13  for ye shall seek me with your whole heart.

13  You shall seek me. And you will find me, when you have sought me with your whole heart.

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14  And I will be found of you, saith YHWH, and I will turn your captivity, and gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the YHWH; and I will bring you back unto the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Jer36:14  And I will appear to you

14  And I will bring back your exiles, and I will gather you from all the nations and from all the lands where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.

15  For ye have said: 'YHWH hath raised us up prophets in Babylon.'

Jer36:15  whereas ye said, The Lord has appointed for us prophets in Babylon

15  Because you have said, The LORD has raised us up prophets in Babylon;

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16  For thus saith YHWH concerning the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and concerning all the people that dwell in this city, your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity;

16  For thus says the Lord, to the king who sits upon the throne of David, and to all the people who live in this city, to your brothers who have not departed with you in the transmigration

16  Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king who sits on the throne of David and concerning all the people who dwell in this city and your brethren who did not go out with you into captivity;

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17  thus saith YHWH of hosts: Behold, 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 bad.

17  Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will send among them the sword, and famine, and pestilence. And I will make them like the bad figs, which cannot be eaten, because they are very bad.

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18  And I will pursue after them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will make them a horror unto all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse, and an astonishment, and a hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them;

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19  because they have not hearkened to My words, saith YHWH, wherewith I sent unto them My servants the prophets, sending them betimes and often; but ye would not hear, saith the YHWH.

19  For they have not listened to my words, says the Lord, which I sent to them through my servants, the prophets, rising while it was still night, and sending. But you have not listened, says the Lord.

19  Because they did not hearken to my words, and I sent to them all my servants the prophets, warning them in advance, but they did not listen to them, says the LORD.

20  Hear ye therefore the word of YHWH, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon

20  Therefore, listen to the word of the Lord, all you of the transmigration, whom I have sent away from Jerusalem into Babylon.

20  Hear therefore the word of the LORD, all you exiles who were carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;

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21  Thus saith YHWH of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy a lie unto you in My name: Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;

Jer36:21  Thus saith the Lord concerning Achiab, and concerning Sedekias; Behold, I will deliver them into the hands of the king of Babylon; and he shall smite them in your sight.

21  Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to Ahab, the son of Kolaiah, and to Zedekiah, the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy falsely to you in my name: Behold, I will deliver them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and he will strike them down before your eyes.

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22  and of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah that are in Babylon, saying: 'YHWH make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire';

Jer36:22  And they shall make of them a curse in all the captivity of Juda in Babylon, saying, The Lord do to thee as he did to Sedekias, and as he did to Achiab, whom the king of Babylon fried in the fire;

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23  because they have wrought vile deeds in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken words in My name falsely, which I commanded them not; but I am He that knoweth, and am witness, saith YHWH.

Jer36:23  because of the iniquity which they wrought in Israel, and because they committed adultery with the wives of their fellow-citizens; and spoke a word in my name, which I did not command them to speak, and I am witness, saith the Lord.

23  For they have acted foolishly in Israel, and they have committed adultery with the wives of their friends, and they have spoken lying words in my name, which I did not command them. I am the Judge and the Witness, says the Lord.

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24  And concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite thou shalt speak, saying

Jer36:24  And to Samaeas the Ælamite thou shalt say,

24  And to Shemaiah of Nehelam, you shall say

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25  Thus speaketh YHWH of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: Because thou hast sent letters in thine own name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying

Jer36:25  I sent thee not in my name: and to Sophonias the priest the son of Maasaeas say thou,

25  Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Similarly, you have sent letters in your name to all the people that are in Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah, the son of Maaseiah, the priest, and to all the priests, saying

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26  'YHWH hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that there should be officers in the house of YHWH for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in the stocks and in the collar.

Jer36:26  The Lord has made thee priest in the place of Jodae the priest, to be ruler in the house of the Lord over every prophet, and to every madman, and thou shalt put them in prison, and into the dungeon.

26  ‘The Lord has made you priest in place of Jehoiada, the priest, so that you would be the ruler in the house of the Lord over every man who raves and prophesies, to send him to the stocks and to prison.

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27  Now therefore, why hast thou not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth, who maketh himself a prophet to you,

Jer36:27  And now wherefore have ye reviled together Jeremias of Anathoth, who prophesied to you?

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28  forasmuch as he hath sent unto us in Babylon, saying: The captivity is long; build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them?'

Jer36:28  Did he not send for this purpose? for in the course of this month he sent to you to Babylon, saying, It is far off: build ye houses, and inhabit them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

28  For about this, he has sent to us in Babylon, saying: It is a long time. Build houses and live in them. And plant gardens, and eat from their fruits.’ ”

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29  And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.

Jer36:29  And Sophonias read the book in the ears of Jeremias.

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30  Then came the word of YHWH unto Jeremiah, saying

Jer36:30  Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremias, saying,

30  And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying

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31  Send to all them of the captivity, saying: Thus saith YHWH concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he hath caused you to trust in a lie;

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32  therefore thus saith YHWH: Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed; he shall not have a man to dwell among this people, neither shall he behold the good that I will do unto My people, saith the YHWH; because he hath spoken perversion against the LORD.

Jer36:32  therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will visit Samaeas, and his family: and there shall not be a man of them in the midst of you to see the good which I will do to you: they shall not see it.

32  For this reason, thus says the Lord: Behold, I will visit upon Shemaiah of Nehelam, and upon his offspring. There will not be, for him, even one man sitting in the midst of this people. And he will not see the good that I will accomplish for my people, says the Lord. For he has spoken a betrayal against the Lord.”