Jeremiah 29:24
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New International Version
Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite,

New Living Translation
The LORD sent this message to Shemaiah the Nehelamite in Babylon:

English Standard Version
To Shemaiah of Nehelam you shall say:

New American Standard Bible
To Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying,

King James Bible
Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
To Shemaiah the Nehelamite you are to say,

International Standard Version
"You are to say to Shemaiah of Nehelam:

NET Bible
The LORD told Jeremiah, "Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite

New Heart English Bible
"Concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[The LORD says,] "Say to Shemaiah from Nehelam,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite thou shalt speak, saying:

New American Standard 1977
And to Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
Thus shall you also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

American King James Version
Thus shall you also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

American Standard Version
And concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite thou shalt speak, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And to Semeias the Nehelamite thou shalt say:

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

English Revised Version
And concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite thou shalt speak, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

World English Bible
Concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
'And unto Shemaiah the Nehelamite thou dost speak, saying,
Study Bible
Shemaiah's Letter against Jeremiah
23because they have acted foolishly in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives and have spoken words in My name falsely, which I did not command them; and I am He who knows and am a witness," declares the LORD.'" 24To Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying, 25"Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Because you have sent letters in your own name to all the people who are in Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, and to all the priests, saying,…
Cross References
Jeremiah 29:15
"Because you have said, 'The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon '--

Jeremiah 29:31
"Send to all the exiles, saying, 'Thus says the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite, "Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, although I did not send him, and he has made you trust in a lie,"

Jeremiah 29:32
therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am about to punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants; he will not have anyone living among this people, and he will not see the good that I am about to do to My people," declares the LORD, "because he has preached rebellion against the LORD."'"
Treasury of Scripture

Thus shall you also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

Shemaiah.

Jeremiah 29:31,32 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus said the LORD concerning …

Nehelamite. or dreamer.

Jeremiah 29:8 For thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your …

(24) Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite.--It is clear that this section (Jeremiah 29:24-32) is of the nature of a fragment attached to the Epistle to Babylon on account of its associations with it, but not forming part of it. It gives, in fact (as Jeremiah 29:28 shows), the sequence of events, and so far stands in the same relation to it as the Second Epistle to the Corinthians does to the First. Jeremiah's letter had naturally roused the indignation of the rival prophets at Babylon, and they organised a movement, of which Shemaiah was the chief instigator, for his destruction. Of Shemaiah himself we know nothing more than is here recorded. The description "Nehelamite" gives us no information, as the name Nehelam does not appear as belonging to any person or place in the Old Testament. It is just possible, as in the marginal reading, that there may be a play upon the Hebrew word (Halam) for "dreamer."

Verses 24-32. - A threatening oracle against the false prophet Shemaiah. Great excitement had been caused among the so-called prophets in Babylon by the emphatic language of Jeremiah. Accordingly one of them, named Shemaiah, wrote letters to the Jews at home, and especially to a high official called Zephaniah (see on ver. 26) to put a stop to Jeremiah's bold agitation. Zephaniah, however, was not the man for whom Shemaiah took him, and read the letter to the intended victim. Upon this, Jeremiah received a special revelation, announcing dire punishment to Shemaiah and his family (according to the principle of the Divine government described in Exodus 20:5). Verse 24. - To Shemaiah; or, of, concerning (as the same preposition is rendered in vers. 16, 21, 31). The oracle itself speaks of Shemaiah in the third person (vers. 31, 32). The Authorized Version, however, can be defended by its accordance with ver. 25. The Nehelamite. This is evidently a patronymic, but whether of the family or the locality of the bearer cannot be decided. The analogy of "Jeremiah of Anathoth" (ver. 27), however, favors the view that it is local. Thus shalt thou speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite,.... Or, "the dreamer" (h); because he pretended to have dreams from the Lord; or because what he delivered as prophecies were mere dreams; as that the captives should quickly return to their own land; so Kimchi: but Jarchi takes it to be the name of a place, from whence he was so called; perhaps the place of his birth, or habitation formerly; so the Targum, paraphrasing

"who was of Halem;''

he was, another of the false prophets in Babylon. This latter part of the chapter is of a later date than the former; and refers to what was done after the above letter of Jeremiah came to the captives in Babylon; and after, the return of the messengers from thence, who brought, account how it was received, and what umbrage it gave to the false prophets:

saying; as follows:

(h) "quasi" "somniator somniorum", Kimchi and Ben Melech. 24-32. A second communication which Jeremiah sent to Babylon, after the messenger who carried his first letter had brought a letter from the false prophet Shemaiah to Zephaniah, etc., condemning Jeremiah and reproving the authorities for not having apprehended him.

Nehelamite—a name derived either from his father or from a place: alluding at the same time to the Hebrew meaning, "a dreamer" (compare Jer 29:8).29:20-32 Jeremiah foretells judgments upon the false prophets, who deceived the Jews in Babylon. Lying was bad; lying to the people of the Lord, to delude them into a false hope, was worse; but pretending to rest their own lies upon the God of truth, was worst of all. They flattered others in their sins, because they could not reprove them without condemning themselves. The most secret sins are known to God; and there is a day coming when he will bring to light all the hidden works of darkness. Shemaiah urges the priests to persecute Jeremiah. Their hearts are wretchedly hardened who justify doing mischief by having power to do it. They were in a miserable thraldom for mocking the messengers of the Lord, and misusing his prophets; yet in their distress they trespass still more against the Lord. Afflictions will not of themselves cure men of their sins, unless the grace of God works with them. Those who slight the blessings, deserve to lose the benefit of God's word, like Shemaiah. The accusations against many active Christians in all ages, amount to no more than this, that they earnestly counsel men to attend to their true interest and duties, and to wait for the performance of God's promises in his appointed way.
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