Now these are the words of the letterthatJeremiah the prophetsentfromJerusalemunto the residue of the elderswhichwerecarriedawaycaptives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the peoplewhomNebuchadnezzar had carriedawaycaptivefromJerusalem to Babylon;
And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I willturnawayyourcaptivity, and I willgather you from all the nations, and from all the placeswhither I havedriven you, saith the LORD; and I willbring you againinto the placewhence I caused you to be carriedawaycaptive.
And I willpersecutethemwith the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and willdeliverthem 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 nationswhither I havedriventhem:
Thussaith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, whichprophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I willdelivertheminto the hand of Nebuchadrezzarking of Babylon; and he shallslaythembeforeyoureyes;
Becausetheyhavecommittedvillany in Israel, and havecommittedadulterywiththeirneighbours’wives, and havespokenlyingwords in my name, which I have not commandedthem; even I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD.
Thusspeaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Becausethouhastsentletters in thy nameunto all the peoplethat are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
The LORDhathmadetheepriest 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 makethhimself a prophet, thatthoushouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.
Thereforethussaith the LORD; Behold, I willpunishShemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwellamongthispeople; neithershall he behold the goodthat I will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hathtaughtrebellionagainst the LORD.