Jeremiah Acquires a Field1 The word having come from the lord to Jeremiah in the [2year 1tenth] of Zedekiah king of Judah -- this is [2year 1the eighteenth] of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. 2 And the force of the king of Babylon built a palisade against Jerusalem. And Jeremiah was being guarded in the courtyard of the guard, which is in the house of the king of Judah. 3 By which [3imprisoned 4him 1king 2Zedekiah], saying, Why do you prophesy, saying, Thus said the lord, Behold, I give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it; 4 and Zedekiah in no way shall escape from out of the hand of the Chaldeans, for by being delivered up he shall be delivered up into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with his mouth to his mouth, and his eyes [2his eyes 1shall see]. 5 And Zedekiah shall enter into Babylon, and there he shall stay until of which time I should look upon him, says the lord. But if you should wage war against the Chaldeans you shall not be prosperous. 6 And Jeremiah spoke. And [3came 1the word 2of the lord] to Jeremiah, saying, 7 Behold, Hanameel son of Shallum brother of your father comes to you, saying, Acquire to yourself my field, the one in Anathoth! for [2to you 1it is equitable] to take it for a possession. 8 And [6came 7to 8me 1Hanameel 2the son 3of Shallum 4the brother 5of my father] according to the word of the lord in the courtyard of the guard. And he said to me, Acquire to yourself my field! the one in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin; for [2to you 1it is equitable] to acquire, for you are older. And I knew that [2the word 3of the lord 1it was]. 9 And I acquired the field from Hanameel the son of the brother of my father, the field in Anathoth. And I set for him seven [4shekels 1and 2ten 3silver].
The Scroll of the Possession10 And I wrote in a scroll, and set a seal upon it, and took the testimony of witnesses, and set the silver in a yoke balance scale. 11 And I took the scroll of the possession being read and having the seal set upon, 12 and I gave it to Baruch, son of Neriah, son of Maaseiah, before the eyes of Hanameel son of the brother of my father, and before the eyes of the ones standing witnessing and writing in the scroll of the possession, and according to the eyes of all the Jews sitting down in the courtyard of the guard. 13 And I ordered Baruch in front of their eyes, saying, 14 Thus said the lord almighty, the God of Israel, Take the scroll of this possession! even this scroll being sealed and being read. And you shall put it into [2receptacle 1an earthenware], that it should remain [2days 1many more]. 15 For thus said the lord of the forces, the God of Israel, Still there shall be created fields, and houses, and vineyards in this land.
Jeremiah Prays16 And I prayed to the lord after my giving the scroll of the possession to Baruch son of Neriah, saying, 17 O Being One, O lord God, you made the heaven and the earth [3strength 1by your 2great], and [5arm 1by your 2high 3and 4elevated]; in no way shall [2be concealed 3from 4you 1anything]; 18 the one having mercy unto thousands, and recompensing sins of fathers into the bosom of their children after them. [5God 1The 2great 3and 4strong]; the lord of the forces, is his name, 19 of great counsel, and mighty in works. Your eyes are opened upon all the ways of the sons of men, to give each according to his way, and according to the fruit of his practices. 20 The one who did signs and miracles in the land of Egypt unto this day, and in Israel, and among the earth-born; and you made for yourself a name, as this day. 21 And you led your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with miracles, by [2hand 1a fortified], and by [2arm 1a high], and by [2visions 1great]. 22 And you gave to them this land which you swore by an oath to their fathers; a land flowing milk and honey. 23 And they entered and took it. And they hearkened not to your voice, and [2by 3your orders 1they did not go]. All which you charged to them, they did not do. And they caused [3to come to pass 4to them 1all 2these bad things]. 24 Behold, a multitude is come unto the city to seize it, and the city was given into the hands of Chaldeans waging war against it, by the face of the sword, and famine, and pestilence. As you said so it happened; and behold, you see. 25 And you say to me, Acquire to yourself the field with silver, and take testimony of witnesses! And the city was given into the hands of Chaldeans.
Assurance from The LORD26 And came to pass the word of the lord to me, saying, 27 I am the lord God of all flesh. Shall [3from 4me 2be hidden 1anything]? 28 On account of this, thus said the lord; In granting, [2shall be delivered up 1this city] into the hands of Chaldeans, and into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it. 29 And [3shall come 1the 2Chaldeans] waging war against this city; and they shall burn this city by fire, and shall incinerate the houses in which they burned incense upon their roofs to Baal, and offered libations to other gods, to greatly embitter me. 30 For [8were 1the 2sons 3of Israel 4and 5the 6sons 7of Judah] alone doing the wicked thing in front of my eyes from their youth. The sons of Israel were the ones greatly embittering me in the works of their hands, says the lord. 31 For [3for 4my anger 5and 6for 7my rage 2was 1this city] from which day they built it, and unto this day, to rid it from my face; 32 because of all the wickedness of the sons of Israel and Judah, which they did to embitter me, they, and their kings, and their rulers, and their priests, and their prophets, the men of Judah, and the ones dwelling in Jerusalem. 33 And they turned [2to 3me 1their back], and not their face. And I taught them at dawn, and they hearkened not to take instruction. 34 And they put their defilements in the house which [2was called 1my name] upon by them in their uncleannesses. 35 And they built the shrines to Baal, the ones in the ravine of the son of Hinnom, to offer their sons and their daughters to Molech; which I ordered not to them, and it ascended not unto my heart to do this abomination, to seduce Judah to sin.
The LORD Ordains an Everlasting Covenant36 And now, thus said the lord God of Israel against this city, which you say, It shall be delivered up into the hands of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by famine, and by pestilence. 37 Behold, I will gather them from out of all the land of which I scattered them there in my anger, and in my rage, and [2fit of temper 1a great]. And I will return them unto this place; and I will settle them having secured them. 38 And they will be to me for a people, and I will be to them for God. 39 And I will give to them [2way 1another] and [2heart 1another], to fear me all the days, and for good to them and their children after them. 40 And I will ordain with them [2covenant 1an everlasting] which in no way shall I turn behind them. And [2my fear 1I will put] in their heart, to not separate them from me. 41 And I will visit them to do good to them. And I will plant them in this land in trust, even with all my heart, and with all my soul. 42 For thus said the lord, As I brought upon this people all [3bad things 2great 1these], so I will bring upon them all the good things which I spoke unto them. 43 And there shall be acquired still fields in the land, in which you say, It is untrodden of men and beast; and they were delivered up into the hands of Chaldeans. 44 And they shall acquire fields with silver; and you shall write in a scroll, and shall set a seal upon it, and shall take testimony of witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and round about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountain, and in the cities of the Sephela, and in the cities of the Negev. For I shall return their resettlement, says the lord.
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