Jeremiah Buys a Field During the Siege1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord a in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, b which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 2 At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet c was shut up in d the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah. 3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him, saying, “Why do you prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord: e Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall capture it; 4 f Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans g but shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face and see him eye to eye. 5 And h he shall take Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall remain until I visit him, declares the Lord. i Though you fight against the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed’?” 6 Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me: 7 Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you and say j ‘Buy my field that is at k Anathoth l for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.’ 8 Then Hanamel my cousin came to me in m the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, ‘Buy my field that is at n Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. 9 “And I bought the field at o Anathoth from Hanamel my cousin, and p weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. 10 q I signed the deed r sealed it, s got witnesses, and t weighed the money on scales. 11 Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions and the open copy. 12 And I gave the deed of purchase to u Baruch the son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my cousin, in the presence of v the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in w the court of the guard. 13 I charged x Baruch in their presence, saying, 14 ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware vessel, that they may last for a long time. 15 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and y fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.’
Jeremiah Prays for Understanding16 “After I had given the deed of purchase to z Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord, saying: 17 ‘Ah, Lord God! It is aa you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by ab your outstretched arm! ac Nothing is too hard for you. 18 ad You show steadfast love to thousands ae but you repay the guilt of fathers af to their children after them, O great and ag mighty God, whose name is the ah Lord of hosts, 19 ai great in counsel and aj mighty in deed ak whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man al rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds. 20 You have shown am signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all mankind an and have made a name for yourself, as at this day. 21 ao You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and ap outstretched arm aq and with great terror. 22 And you gave them this land, ar which you swore to their fathers to give them, as a land flowing with milk and honey. 23 And they entered and took possession of it. at But they did not obey your voice or walk in your law. They did nothing of all you commanded them to do. Therefore you have made all this disaster come upon them. 24 Behold au the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and av because of sword and famine and pestilence aw the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has come to pass, and behold, you see it. 25 Yet you, O Lord God, have said to me, ax “Buy the field for money ay and get witnesses”—though az the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.’” 26 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 27 “Behold, I am the Lord ba the God of all flesh. bb Is anything too hard for me? 28 Therefore, thus says the Lord: bc Behold, I am giving this city into the hands of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall capture it. 29 The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city bd shall come and set this city on fire and burn it, be with the houses on whose roofs offerings have been made to Baal bf and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods, bg to provoke me to anger. 30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight bh from their youth. The children of Israel have done nothing but bi provoke me to anger bj by the work of their hands, declares the Lord. 31 This city has aroused my anger and wrath, from the day it was built to this day bk so that I will remove it from my sight 32 because of all the evil of the children of Israel and the children of Judah that they did to provoke me to anger— bl their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 33 bm They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them bn persistently, they have not listened bo to receive instruction. 34 They set up bp their abominations in the house that is called by my name, to defile it. 35 They built the high places of Baal bq in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, br to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, bs though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do bt this abomination, bu to cause Judah to sin.
They Shall Be My People; I Will Be Their God36 “Now therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say bv ‘It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine, and by pestilence’: 37 bw Behold, I will gather them from all the countries bx to which I drove them in by my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place bz and I will make them dwell in safety. 38 ca And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 39 cb I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever cc for their own good and the good of their children after them. 40 cd I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. ce And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. 41 cf I will rejoice in doing them good cg and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul. 42 “For thus says the Lord: ch Just as I have brought all this great disaster upon this people, so I will bring upon them all the good that I promise them. 43 ci Fields shall be bought in this land cj of which you are saying, ‘It is a desolation, without man or beast; ck it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.’ 44 Fields shall be bought for money, and cl deeds shall be signed and cm sealed and cn witnessed co in the land of Benjamin cp in the places about Jerusalem cq and in the cities of Judah cr in the cities of the hill country cs in the cities of the Shephelah, and in the cities of the Negeb; for ct I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord.”
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