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Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

29:1 carried away captives. Part I of the book of Jeremiah (chapters 1–29) is essentially chronological, consisting primarily of prophecies delivered during the successive reigns of Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah. This last chapter deals with the exiles already in Babylon, exhorting them to be content in Babylon, and true to the Lord there. Part II (chapters 30–36) contains various prophecies in no particular chronological order. Altogether, the book of Jeremiah has been divided into six parts: chapters 1–29; 30–36; 37–39; 40–42; 43–44; and 45–52.

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