Do you think the Lord has ever forgotten you? In the Bible you will find the answer, and as you can well imagine, the Lord will never forget you. In Jeremiah 29:11, all this is explained to us and it will make you never lose confidence in God.
Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
In many situations in life, people feel lonely and helpless, when in fact they are not. We Christians know that we will always find God at our side, we only need to look for him with our hearts.
The Lord always thinks of you and in all mankind, and this is shown in Jeremiah 29:11 of the Bible, the verse that you have been able to read at the beginning of this article. Moreover, God’s thoughts are always good, and He prepares us for a spiritually happy future.
In this article of Your Bible Online, we will analyze in depth this powerful verse along with its historical and bibliographical context, as well as all the information related to it that can help you understand its meaning.
Jeremiah 29 spoken
To better understand a verse there is nothing better than to know the chapter in which it is found, so in this first part of the article we will show you Jeremiah 29 complete in video, and later in its written version.
Jeremiah 29 complete and large print
Below you will find the text you just heard in the video above. This is the edition of the chapter Jeremiah 29 King James belonging to the translation of the Bible with the same name and which contains the Holy Scriptures in current Spanish.
Jeremiah’s letter to the captives
1 These are the words of the letter which Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the elders who were left of those who had been carried away, and to the priests and prophets and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon
2 (After king Jeconiah, and the queen, and those of the palace, and the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the craftsmen and the engineers of Jerusalem, went out),
3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. It said:
4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all them of the captivity, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon:
5 Build houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
6 Marry, and beget sons and daughters; give wives to your sons, and give husbands to your daughters, that they may have sons and daughters; and multiply there, and be not diminished.
7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to go, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets that are among you, nor your soothsayers, deceive you; neither hearken ye to the dreams that ye dream.
9 For they prophesy falsely to you in my name; I have not sent them, saith the LORD.
10 For thus saith the LORD, When seventy years shall be fulfilled in Babylon, I will visit you, and will stir up my good word against you, to bring you again to this place.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then you shall call upon me, and come and pray to me, and I will hear you;
13 and you will seek me and find me, for you will seek me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD, and will bring back your captivity, and gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again unto the place whence I caused you to be carried away.
15 But you have said, “The Lord has raised up prophets for us in Babylon.
16 But thus saith the LORD concerning the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and concerning all the people that dwell in this city, concerning your brethren that went not out with you into captivity;
17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will send against them sword, famine, and pestilence, and will make them as bad figs, which are so bad that they cannot be eaten.
18 I will pursue them with sword, with famine and with pestilence, and I will make them a reproach to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse and an astonishment, and a derision and a reproach to all the nations among whom I have cast them;
19 Because ye have not hearkened unto my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto you by my servants the prophets, early and continually; and ye have not hearkened, saith the LORD.
20 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, all you who were carried away, whom I sent from Jerusalem to Babylon.
21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy falsely unto you in my name: Behold, I will give them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall slay them before your eyes.
22 And all the captives of Judah that are in Babylon shall curse them, saying, The LORD make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire.
23 For they have committed wickedness in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and have spoken falsely in my name a word which I commanded them not: which I know and testify, saith the LORD.
24 And to Shemaiah of Nehelam thou shalt speak, saying:
25 Thus spake the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people that are in Jerusalem, and unto Zephaniah the priest the son of Maaseiah, and unto all the priests, saying:
26 The LORD has made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, that you may take charge in the house of the LORD of every foolish man who prophesies, putting him in the dungeon and in the stocks.
27 Why then have you not now rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth, who prophesies to you?
28 For he sent us to Babylon, saying, “The captivity will be long; build houses and dwell in them, plant gardens and eat their fruit.
29 And Zephaniah the priest had read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.
30 And the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying:
31 Send and tell all the captives, Thus saith the LORD of Shemaiah of Nehelam, Because Shemaiah prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he made you to trust in a lie;
32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed; he shall have no man to dwell among this people, neither shall he see the good that I will do for my people, saith the LORD: for he hath spoken rebellion against the LORD.
Jeremiah 29:11 reflection and meaning
Following this biblical commentary on Jeremiah 29:11, we leave you with a very special video related to this verse that will give you food for thought.
In this video, the aim is to make us think about what role should plans have in our lives and how in our lives and how compatible they are with the designs that the Lord has prepared for us.
It’s 5 minutes and it won’t leave you indifferent in any way!
Jeremiah 29:11 with explanation
Now that you know the different versions of Jeremiah 29:11 let us proceed to explain its meaning.
The main core of this verse is that the Lord knows well what He thinks about the Jewish captives in Babylon and also about you and of all mankind. Unlike human beings, the Lord never doubts about His thoughts, for He is the universal truth.
Even so, for us, it is impossible to know what God has in store for our future, and we will never know. But as the verse says, there is nothing to fear because the Lord prepares for us a road full of happiness if we walk in faith.
It is important to realize that Our Lord will never wish us ill, and that every complicated moment in our lives serves to build a future full of spiritual happiness, even though it is often hard to imagine.
So, if you find yourself going through a difficult moment from which you can’t see the way out, don’t worry because God cares about you. Seek it in prayer and in the Holy Scriptures, and try to keep your heart firm in faith. You will see how much better the future will be.
The verse we are commenting on today can be understood much better if you know the verses that surround it, specifically the fragment Jeremiah 29:11-15. If you do not remember, we recommend that you read them again before the analysis.
In this block of verses, the Lord complements his message in Jeremiah 29:11. Here we realize that no matter how bad we are, that we are near or far from home The Lord always thinks of us, and if we manage to remember Him in these difficult moments, we will come out ahead.
Context of Jeremiah 29:11
As you can see, Jeremiah 29:11 is the eleventh verse of chapter 29 of the Book of Jeremiah. Book of Jeremiah, belonging to the Old Testament of the Bible, and therefore written centuries before the arrival of Jesus Christ to the world.
This chapter of Jeremiah is a letter sent by the prophet Jeremiah himself to the Jewish captives in Babylon after the invasion of Jerusalem by this empire. At the beginning of the letter, it is well indicated to whom it is addressed, specifying that it goes to those leaders who remain among the captives.
Thus, Jeremiah sends a message of light and hope from God to those who were forcibly removed from their homes, in many cases paying the righteous for sinners.
The people of Israel had defied God worshiping false gods and living in vice and lust, being punished for it with the Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem. Even so, not all the inhabitants of the region deserved that punishment, so this letter wants to instill hope in them and give them the mission to be the ones to renew the Jewish people.
Jeremiah’s prophetic action was not an easy task, since he had to be the one to inform his fellow citizens of the danger that lurked before the invasion because of their misconduct. This led him many times to doubting himself He finally complied, however, leaving us his book with which we Christians today can learn and pray in depth.
Song of Jeremiah 29:11
Study of Jeremiah 29:11
To better understand the meaning of Jeremiah 29:11, we will first leave you with other translations of the same verse. Knowing the different versions, it is much easier to get an idea of what this verse wants to show.
Jeremiah 29:11 ntv (New Living Translation)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. They are plans for the good and not the bad, to give them a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 nvi (New International Version)
“For I know very well the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for your welfare and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 tla (Modern Language Translation)
“My plans for you I alone know, and they are not for your evil, but for your good. I am going to give you a future filled with well-being.”
This has been today’s Your Bible Online article on the verse Jeremiah 29:11. Even if one article on the Internet is not enough to change many things, we hope that at least it has managed to open your heart to the Word of God and make you learn new texts that will strengthen your faith.
For our part, that’s all for today and we’ll say goodbye until the next article!