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Jeremiah writes a letter to all the priests, prophets and people that Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon (vv. 1-2). The setting is probably after the fall of Judah in 597 b.c., following the deportation of Jeconiah (Jehoiachin). The couriers were from priestly families connected with the reform of Josiah (v. 3). It is possible that Gemariah was the son of Hilkiah, the famous priest of Josiah’s day. God’s word to the exiles was to prepare for a long stay in Babylon (vv. 4-9). They were to build houses and settle down. They were also to plant gardens to sustain them during the period. Life was to go on as normal. The people were exhorted to marry and have sons and daughters. The Lord admonishes His people to submit humbly to His will, making Babylon their home, honoring its government, praying God’s blessings even upon this foreign land in order that they might share in these blessings (v. 7). Another warning is given concerning the false prophets who would create false hope in an early return to Judah (v. 8).
God never forgot His people even when they were captive in Babylon. I can be sure as I get older that He will never forget me regardless of the circumstances.
These are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders of the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. This was after King Jeconiah and the queen mother, the eunuchs, the officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metal workers had departed from Jerusalem. The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. It said: "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. 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. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the LORD. "For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile."
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Jeremiah 26:1-24Jeremiah Was on Trial For His Life
Jeremiah 27:1-22God is in Control
Jeremiah 28:1-17Speak The Truth Even When it is Unpopular
Jeremiah 29:1-14God Never Forgets His People
Jeremiah 29:15-32It is Dangerous to Take Sides Against God’s Man
Jeremiah 30:1-11God Will Restore His People
Jeremiah 30:12-24Judgment Must Come Before Blessing Can Come
Jeremiah 31:1-14He Promises to Restore Joy
Jeremiah 31:15-30Man is Responsible For His Own Sins
Jeremiah 31:31-40An Opportunity to Make a Fresh Start
Jeremiah 32:1-15Does Your Life Seem Like it is Sitting Still?
Jeremiah 32:16-27There is Nothing too Hard For God
Jeremiah 32:28-44The Practice of Child Sacrifice