Jeremiah 29:5
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New International Version
"Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.

New Living Translation
"Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce.

English Standard Version
Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.

New American Standard Bible
Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce.

King James Bible
Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce.

International Standard Version
Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce.

NET Bible
Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what they produce.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Build houses, and live in them. Plant gardens, and eat what they produce.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Build houses and dwell in them; and plant gardens and eat the fruit of them;

King James 2000 Bible
Build you houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

American King James Version
Build you houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

American Standard Version
Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Build ye houses, and dwell in them: and plant orchards, and eat the fruit of them.

Darby Bible Translation
Build houses, and dwell in them, and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

English Revised Version
Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

Webster's Bible Translation
Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

World English Bible
Build houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

Young's Literal Translation
Build ye houses, and abide; and plant ye gardens, and eat their fruit;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

29:1-7 The written word of God is as truly given by inspiration of God as his spoken word. The zealous servant of the Lord will use every means to profit those who are far off, as well as those who are near him. The art of writing is very profitable for this end; and by the art of printing it is rendered most beneficial for circulating the knowledge of the word of God. God's sending to the captives by this letter would show that he had not forsaken them, though he was displeased, and corrected them. If they live in the fear of God, they may live comfortably in Babylon. In all conditions of life, it is our wisdom and duty not to throw away the comfort of what we may have, because we have not all we would have. They are directed to seek the good of the country where they were captives. While the king of Babylon protected them, they must live quiet and peaceable lives under him, in all godliness and honesty; patiently leaving it to God to work deliverance for them in due time.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Build ye houses, and dwell in them,.... Intimating hereby that they must not expect a return into their own land in any short time, but that they should continue many years where they were; suggesting also, that as they had ability, so they should have liberty, of building themselves houses; nor should they be interrupted by their enemies; nor would their houses be taken from them, when built; but they should dwell peaceably and quietly in them, as their own; which they might assure themselves of from the Lord, who gives these, and the following directions:

and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; and live as comfortably as you can in a foreign country; plant your gardens with vines and pomegranates, and all sorts of fruitful trees the country produces; and fear not the fruit being taken away from you; depend upon it, you shall eat the fruit of your own labour, and not be deprived of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Build … houses—In opposition to the false prophets' suggestions, who told the captives that their captivity would soon cease, Jeremiah tells them that it will be of long duration, and that therefore they should build houses, as Babylon is to be for long their home.

Jeremiah 29:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jeremiah's Letter to the Exiles
4"Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, 5Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. 6'Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 29:28
He has sent this message to us in Babylon: It will be a long time. Therefore build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.'"

Jeremiah 29:6
Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.
Treasury of Scripture

Build you houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

Jeremiah 29:10,28 For thus said the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished …

Ezekiel 28:26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and …

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