Trust in the LORD and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.
Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart's desires.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act,
making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday.
Be silent before the LORD and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.
Refrain from anger and give up [your] rage; do not be agitated-- it can only bring harm.
For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for him, he will not be there.
But the humble will inherit the land and will enjoy abundant prosperity.
Although a sinner commits crime a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I also know that it will go well with God-fearing people, for they are reverent before Him.
For I know the plans I have for you"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
I will be found by you"-- the LORD's declaration-- "and I will restore your fortunesand gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you"-- the LORD's declaration. "I will restore you to the place I deported you from."
[Speaking] through Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon gave orders concerning Jeremiah, saying:
"Take him, look after him, and don't let any harm come to him; do for him whatever he says."
The captain of the guard took Jeremiah and said to him, "The LORD your God decreed this disaster on this place,
and the LORD has fulfilled [it]. He has done just what He decreed. Because you [people] have sinned against the LORD and have not obeyed Him, this thing has happened.
Now pay attention [to what I say]. Today I am setting you free from the chains that were on your hands. If it pleases you to come with me to Babylon, come, and I will take care of you. But if it seems wrong to you to come with me to Babylon, go no farther. Look-- the whole land is in front of you. Wherever it seems good and right for you to go, go there."
When Jeremiah had not yet turned [to go, Nebuzaradan said to him:] "Return to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the cities of Judah, and stay with him among the people or go wherever you want to go." So the captain of the guard gave him a ration and a gift and released him.
Jeremiah therefore went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah, and he stayed with him among the people who remained in the land.
He caused them to be pitied before all their captors.
cause the enemy to entreat thee
When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
A king's heart is a water channel in the LORD's hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.