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Jeremiah 29:5-7, 11-14 (NRSV)


5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce.

6 Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.

7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.


11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.

13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,

14 I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

 

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