contains a letter from Jeremiah to the people of Judah who were taken captive and lived in Babylon. He told them to build houses, plant gardens, and be prepared to live there and enjoy Babylon the best they could. He again said they would be there for seventy years. He promised them that if they sought the Lord with all their hearts (see v. 13
; Deuteronomy 4:26–31
), the Lord would bring them back to Jerusalem.Jeremiah cursed those who were still in Jerusalem and trusted in the teachings of false prophets who promised immediate deliverance from the Babylonians. He also cursed a false prophet who was sending false messages to the Jews in Babylon.