Life Story: What Now?
October 18, 2020
Jeremiah 28:1 NIV (The false prophet Hananiah)
In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people:
Jeremiah 28:2 NIV
“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Jeremiah 28:3 NIV
Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the Lord’s house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon.
Jeremiah 28:4 NIV
I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin[a] son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the Lord, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’”
Jeremiah 28:15 NIV
Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies.
Jeremiah 28:16 NIV
Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’”
Jeremiah 28:17 NIV
In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.
Jeremiah 29:1 NIV (A letter to the exiles)
This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
Jeremiah 29:4 NIV
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
Jeremiah 29:5 NIV
“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
Jeremiah 29:6 NIV
Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.
Jeremiah 29:7 NIV
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Jeremiah 29:8 NIV
Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.
Jeremiah 29:9 NIV
They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 29:10 NIV
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:12 NIV
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:14 NIV I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”