For I know the plans I have for you




In this reassuring verse God tells us he has plans for us in the future despite any current hardships we may face. This verse was written by the Prophet Jeremiah after the Jews had been forced out of Jerusalem into exile in Babylon to remind them that good things would come eventually.

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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.

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Jeremiah 29:11 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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For כִּי֩ (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
I אָנֹכִ֨י I I
know יָדַ֜עְתִּי To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) know
the thoughts הַמַּחֲשָׁבֹ֗ת A contrivance, i.e., (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice) thoughts
that אֲשֶׁ֧ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
I אָנֹכִ֛י I I
think חֹשֵׁ֥ב Properly, to plait or interpenetrate, i.e., (literally) to weave or (generally) to fabricate; figuratively, to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense); hence (from the mental effort) to think, regard, value, compute think
toward עֲלֵיכֶ֖ם Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications toward
you, saith נְאֻם An oracle saith
the Lord, יְהוָ֑ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
thoughts מַחְשְׁב֤וֹת A contrivance, i.e., (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice) thoughts
of peace, שָׁלוֹם֙ Safe, i.e., (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e., health, prosperity, peace peace
and not וְלֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
of evil, לְרָעָ֔ה Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) evil
to give לָתֵ֥ת To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) give
you an expected וְתִקְוָֽה׃ Literally a cord (as an attachment); figuratively, expectancy expected
end. אַחֲרִ֥ית The last or end, hence, the future; also posterity end

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  • 9  For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.

  • 10  For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return 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 shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

  • 13  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.


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