Jeremiah 29:24-32

A message to Shemaiah

24 You must say to Shemaiah from Nehelam, 25 ‘You sent letters on your own behalf to all the people in Jerusalem,’ says the great and powerful Lord, Israel's God. ‘You wrote to Zephaniah, son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the other priests. You said to Zephaniah, 26 “The Lord has made you priest instead of Jehoiada to care for the house of the Lord. You should put silly men who say that they are prophets into the stocks. You should put their feet between two pieces of wood and you should put their neck in an iron ring. 27 So I do not know why you have not punished Jeremiah from Anathoth. He is among you. And he says that he is a prophet. 28 He has sent a message to us in Babylon. He says that we will be here for a long time. He tells us that we should build houses. He says that we should make ourselves comfortable. And he says that we should grow food to eat.” ’

29 But Zephaniah the priest read the letter to Jeremiah the prophet. 30 Then the Lord said to Jeremiah, 31 ‘Send this message to all the people from Judah who are now in Babylon: The Lord says about Shemaiah from Nehelam, “Shemaiah has prophesied to you. But I did not send him. And he has caused you to believe a lie.” 32 So the Lord says, “I will certainly punish Shemaiah and his descendants. He will not have any descendants that are still alive among my people. He will not see the good things that I will do for my people”, says the Lord, “That is because he has taught my people not to obey me.” ’