Jeremiah sendeth a letter to the captives in Babylon, to be quiet there,
Jeremiah 29:1 And these ben the wordis of the book, whiche Jeremye, the profete, sente fro Jerusalem to the residues of eldere men of passyng ouer, and to the preestis, and to the profetis, and to al the puple, whom Nabugodonosor hadde ledde ouer fro Jerusalem in to Babiloyne, Jeremiah 29:2 after that Jeconye, the kyng, yede out, and the ladi, and the onest seruauntis and chast, and the princis of Juda yeden out of Jerusalem, and a sutel crafti man, and a goldsmyth of Jerusalem, Jeremiah 29:3 in the hond of Elasa, sone of Saphan, and of Gamalie, the sone of Elchie, whiche Sedechie, the kyng of Juda, sente to Nabugodonosor, the kyng of Babiloyne, in to Babiloyne. Jeremiah 29:4 And Jeremye seide, The Lord of oostis, God of Israel, seith these thingis to al the passyng ouer, which Y translatide fro Jerusalem in to Babiloyne, Jeremiah 29:5 Bilde ye housis, and enhabite, and plaunte ye orcherdis, and ete ye fruyt of tho; Jeremiah 29:6 take ye wyues, and gendre ye sones and douytris, and yyue ye wyues to youre sones, and yyue ye youre douytris to hosebondis, and bere thei sones and douytris; and be ye multiplied there, and nyle ye be fewe in noumbre. Jeremiah 29:7 And seke ye pees of the citees, to whiche Y made you to passe ouer; and preie ye the Lord for it, for in the pees therof schal be pees to you.
and not to believe the dreams of their prophets,
Jeremiah 29:8 The Lord of oostis, God of Israel, seith these thingis, Youre profetis, that ben in the myddis of you, and youre dyuynours disseyue you not; and take ye noon heede to youre dremes, whiche ye dremen; Jeremiah 29:9 for thei profesien falsli to you in my name, and Y sente not hem, seith the Lord.
and that they shall return with grace after seventy years.
Jeremiah 29:10 For the Lord seith thes thingis, Whanne seuenti yeer bigynnen to be fillid in Babiloyne, Y schal visite you, and Y schal reise on you my good word, and Y schal brynge you ayen to this place. Jeremiah 29:11 For Y knowe the thouytis whiche Y thenke on you, seith the Lord, the thouytis of pees, and not of turment, that Y yyue to you an ende and pacience. Jeremiah 29:12 And ye schulen clepe me to help, and ye schulen go, and schulen worschipe me, and Y schal here you; Jeremiah 29:13 ye schulen seke me, and ye schulen fynde, whanne ye seken me in al youre herte. Jeremiah 29:14 And Y schal be foundun of you, seith the Lord, and Y schal brynge ayen youre caitifte, and Y schal gadere you fro alle folkis, and fro alle places, to whiche Y castide out you, seith the Lord; and Y schal make you to turne ayen fro the place, to which Y made you to passe ouer.
He foretelleth the destruction of the rest for their disobedience.
Jeremiah 29:15 For ye seiden, The Lord schal reise profetis to vs in Babiloyne. Jeremiah 29:16 For the Lord seith these thingis to the kyng, that sittith on the seete of Dauid, and to al the puple, dwellere of this citee, to youre britheren, that yeden not out with you in to the passyng ouer, Jeremiah 29:17 The Lord of oostis seith these thingis, Lo! Y schal sende among hem swerd, and hungur, and pestilence; and Y schal sette hem as yuele figis, that moun not be etun, for tho ben ful yuele. Jeremiah 29:18 And Y schal pursue hem in swerd, and in hungur, and in pestilence; and Y schal yyue hem in to trauelyng in alle rewmes of erthe, in to cursyng, and in to wondryng, and in to scornyng, and in to schenschipe to alle folkis, to whiche Y castide hem out. Jeremiah 29:19 For thei herden not my wordis, seith the Lord, which Y sente to hem bi my seruauntis, profetis, and roos bi nyyt, and sente, and ye herden not, seith the Lord.
He sheweth the fearful end of Ahab and Zedekiah, two lying prophets.
Jeremiah 29:20 Therfor al the passyng ouer, which Y sente out fro Jerusalem in to Babiloyne, here ye the word of the Lord. Jeremiah 29:21 The Lord of oostis, God of Israel, seith these thingis to Achab, the sone of Chulie, and to Sedechie, the sone of Maasie, that profesien to you a leesyng in my name, Lo! Y schal bitake hem in to the hond of Nabugodonosor, kyng of Babiloyne, and he schal smyte hem bifore youre iyen. Jeremiah 29:22 And cursyng schal be takun of hem to al the passyng ouer of Juda, which is in Babiloyne, of men seiynge, The Lord sette thee as Sedechie, and as Achab, whiche the kyng of Babiloyne friede in fier, Jeremiah 29:23 for thei diden foli in Israel, and diden auowtrie on the wyues of her frendis; and thei spaken a word falsli in my name, which Y comaundide not to hem; Y am iuge and witnesse, seith the Lord.
Shemaiah writeth a letter against Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 29:24 And thou schalt seie to Semei Neelamyte, Jeremiah 29:25 The Lord of oostis, God of Israel, seith these thingis, For that that thou sentist bookis in my name to al the puple, which is in Jerusalem, and to Sofony, the sone of Maasie, the preest, and to alle the prestis, and seidist, Jeremiah 29:26 The Lord yaf thee the preest for Joiada, the preest, that thou be duyk in the hous of the Lord on ech man that is trauelid of the fend, and profesiynge, that thou sende hym in to stockis, and in to prisoun. Jeremiah 29:27 And now whi blamest thou not Jeremye of Anathot, that profesieth to you? Jeremiah 29:28 For on this thing he sente to vs in to Babiloyne, and seide, It is long; bielde ye housis, and enhabite, and plaunte ye orcherdis, and ete ye the fruit of tho. Jeremiah 29:29 Therfor Sofonye, the preest, redde this book in the eeris of Jeremye, the prophete.
Jeremiah readeth his doom.
Jeremiah 29:30 And the word of the Lord was maad to Jeremye, and seide, Jeremiah 29:31 Sende thou to al the passyng ouer, and seie, The Lord seith these thingis to Semeye Neelamite, For that that Semeye profesiede to you, and Y sente not hym, and he made you to triste in a leesyng; Jeremiah 29:32 therfor the Lord seith thes thingis, Lo! Y schal visite on Semeye Neelamyte, and on his seed; and no man sittynge in the myddis of this puple schal be to hym; and he schal not se the good, which Y schal do to my puple, seith the Lord, for he spak trespassyng ayens the Lord.