Jeremiah 29:1-32, NLT
A Letter to the Exiles
1Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.
4This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem:
8This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams,
10This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again.
15You claim that the Lord has raised up prophets for you in Babylon.
20Therefore, listen to this message from the Lord, all you captives there in Babylon.
A Message for Shemaiah
24The Lord sent this message to Shemaiah the Nehelamite in Babylon:
26“The Lord has appointed you to replace Jehoiada as the priest in charge of the house of the Lord. You are responsible to put into stocks and neck irons any crazy man who claims to be a prophet.
29But when Zephaniah the priest received Shemaiah’s letter, he took it to Jeremiah and read it to him.