King James Version

Jeremiah 29

1Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;

(After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)

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,

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

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

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; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.

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

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

For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.

10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

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

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

15 Because ye have said, The Lord hath raised us up prophets in Babylon;

16 Know that thus saith the Lord of the king 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;

17 Thus saith the Lord 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 evil.

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 the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:

19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.

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

21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which 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;

22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The Lord make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire;

23 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the Lord.

24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

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

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

27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?

28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

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

30 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,

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

32 Therefore thus saith the Lord; 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 for my people, saith the Lord; because he hath taught rebellion against the Lord.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

耶利米书 29

致信给被掳的人

11-2 耶哥尼雅王、太后、宫廷侍臣、犹大和耶路撒冷的官员、技工和工匠被尼布甲尼撒王掳到巴比伦后,耶利米先知从耶路撒冷寄信给被掳之人中幸存的长老、先知和众民。 犹大王西底迦派沙番的儿子以利亚萨和希勒迦的儿子基玛利把这封信送给巴比伦王尼布甲尼撒。以下是信的内容:

以色列的上帝——万军之耶和华对所有从耶路撒冷被掳到巴比伦的人说: “你们要建造房子住下来,要耕种田园,吃田中的出产。 你们要娶妻生子,也要给你们的儿女娶妻选夫,使他们生儿育女,你们好在那里人丁兴旺,不致人口减少。 你们要为所住的城市谋求福祉,向耶和华祷告,因为你们的福祉有赖于那城的福祉。” 以色列的上帝——万军之耶和华说:“不要被你们中间的先知和占卜者欺骗,不要听信他们做的梦。 他们以我的名义对你们说假预言,其实我并没有差遣他们。这是耶和华说的。”

10 耶和华说:“你们被掳到巴比伦七十年期满后,我就要眷顾你们,成就我充满恩典的应许,把你们带回这地方。 11 因为我知道我为你们安排的计划。我的计划不是要降祸给你们,而是要赐福给你们,使你们的未来充满希望。这是耶和华说的。 12 那时,你们必呼求我,向我祷告,我也必垂听。 13 你们寻求我,就必寻见。只要你们全心寻求我, 14 我必让你们寻见。这是耶和华说的。我必把你们从流放之地招聚起来,使你们回到故土。这是耶和华说的。

15 “你们说耶和华在巴比伦为你们选立了先知, 16 但论到坐在大卫宝座上的君王和这城里的百姓,就是没有与你们一同被掳的同胞, 17 万军之耶和华这样说,‘看啊,我必使战争、饥荒和瘟疫临到他们,使他们像烂得不能吃的无花果。 18 我要使他们饱受战争、饥荒和瘟疫之灾,使他们的遭遇令天下万国惊惧。在我流放他们去的地方,他们必受凌辱、嘲笑、讥讽和咒诅。 19 这都是因为他们不听我的话。这是耶和华说的。我曾屡次差遣我的仆人——众先知去警告他们,他们却不肯听。’这是耶和华说的。 20 因此,你们这些从耶路撒冷被掳到巴比伦的人啊!要听耶和华的话。 21 以色列的上帝——万军之耶和华说,‘哥赖雅的儿子亚哈和玛西雅的儿子西底迦以我的名义说假预言,我要把他们交在巴比伦王尼布甲尼撒的手中,让他当着你们的面处死他们。 22 被掳到巴比伦的犹大人咒诅人的时候会说,“愿耶和华使你的下场像被巴比伦王烧死的西底迦和亚哈一样!” 23 因为他们二人在以色列做了恶事,与他人的妻子通奸。我没有差派他们,他们却奉我的名说假预言。我知道他们的所作所为,我对这一切了如指掌。’这是耶和华说的。”

24 耶和华吩咐我对尼希兰人示玛雅说: 25 “以色列的上帝——万军之耶和华说,你曾以自己的名义写信给住在耶路撒冷的众民、玛西雅的儿子西番雅祭司及其他祭司。你在信中对西番雅说, 26 ‘耶和华已立你为祭司代替耶何耶大,管理耶和华的殿,负责拘捕妄自发预言的狂人,给他们戴上铁链枷锁。 27 现在,亚拿突人耶利米在你们当中自称为先知,你为什么不斥责他呢? 28 他甚至寄信给我们这些在巴比伦的人,说被掳的日子还很长久,要我们建房子住下来,耕种田园,吃田中的出产。’”

29 西番雅祭司就把示玛雅的信读给耶利米先知听。 30 耶和华对耶利米说: 31 “你派人送信给所有被掳的人,说,‘耶和华说祂没有差遣尼希兰人示玛雅,他却说预言,诱使你们听信谎言, 32 所以耶和华必惩罚他和他的后代,使他断子绝孙,看不到耶和华赐给祂子民的福祉,因为他说了悖逆耶和华的话。这是耶和华说的。’”