Jeremiah 29:5-7, 11-14 (NRSV)
5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what
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
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.