Five Minute Friday | Straight Out of Context – Jeremiah 29:11

When we first look at Jeremiah 29:11 it seems so simple and straightforward. And, it seems so very encouraging, hopeful, and optimistic. It is one of those verses that lives on wall plaques, printed on shirts, and painted onto coffee mugs. But, is it possible this famous verse is taken out of context?

As a reminder, here is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

With this verse, all translations are very similar, so there is nothing to dig into in how this verse is translated. So, what’s the cliché, what’s the deal with this verse being taken out of context? Well, for that, as is usually the case, we need to expand our reading and knowing to the verses and chapters that are surrounding this verse.

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