Thoughts on Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. Jeremiah 29:11 American Standard Version

Thoughts of Peace.” Peace is shalom in Hebrew. Strong’s # 7965. Shalom can mean peace as well as prosperity and wholeness. The “Strongest Strong’s” concordance says shalom can mean ” … peace can have a focus of security, safety which can bring feelings of satisfaction, well-being, and contentment.”

Hope in your latter end.” In the Hebrew, this is two words. Tiqvah (Strong’s #8615) carries the meaning hope, expectation, the thing longed for. Achariyth (Strong’s #319) means the far side, the other side, at the end, latter end, or reward.

So the Bethea translation of this verse is below:

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah. I want you to have peace of mind. I want you to feel peace, security, and contentment. I have no thoughts of causing you any hurt or harm. I want to give you the things you long for as a gift: as a reward. I am Jehovah and I will surely make it happen.”