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Jeremiah 29:4–9

This is what the Lord of * Hosts, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles I deported from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and live in them. z Plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters. Take wives for your sons and give your daughters to men in marriage so that they may bear sons and daughters. Multiply there; do not decrease. a Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the Lord on its behalf, b for when it has prosperity, you will prosper.”

For this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “Don’t let your prophets who are among you c and your diviners deceive you, d and don’t listen to the dreams you elicit from them, for they are prophesying falsely to you in My name. I have not sent them.” e This is the Lord’s declaration.

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