But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
Because of their rebellion against the Lord, God’s people found themselves removed from their beloved city of Jerusalem. Babylon was now their home and would be for seventy years. Instead of a city with God’s temple at the center, they were among a people who did not know the Lord. Instead of a land of promise, they resided in a land of punishment. It would have been easy to despise their new city. Yet they were to seek the welfare of this city and pray for it.