Jeremiah Buys a Field
32:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in
the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the
eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.
32:2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged
Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court
of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house.
32:3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying,
Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD,
Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of
Babylon, and he shall take it;
32:4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the
hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into
the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him
mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes;
32:5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall
he be until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight
with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper.
32:6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me,
32:7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall
come unto thee saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth:
for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.
32:8 So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court
of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said
unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth,
which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of
inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it
for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
32:9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son,
that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even
seventeen shekels of silver.
32:10 And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and
took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.
32:11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that
which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that
which was open:
32:12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch
the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of
Hanameel mine uncle's son, and in the presence of the
witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before
all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.
32:13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying,
32:14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take
these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which
is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in
an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.
32:15 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in
32:16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase
unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD,
32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and
the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and
there is nothing too hard for thee:
32:18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and
recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of
their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the
LORD of hosts, is his name,
32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes
are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every
one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his
32:20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of
Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other
men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;
32:21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the
land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a
strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great
32:22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear
to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and
32:23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed
not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done
nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore
thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them:
32:24 Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to
take it; and the city is given into the hand of the
Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and
of the famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast
spoken is come to pass; and, behold, thou seest it.
32:25 And thou hast said unto me, O Lord GOD, Buy thee the
field for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given
into the hand of the Chaldeans.
32:26 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there
any thing too hard for me?
32:28 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give
this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand
of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it:
32:29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city,
shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the
houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto
Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto other gods, to
provoke me to anger.
32:30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah
have only done evil before me from their youth: for the
children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the
work of their hands, saith the LORD.
32:31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of
mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it
even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my
32:32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and
of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me
to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests,
and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem.
32:33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the
face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching
them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.
32:34 But they set their abominations in the house, which
is called by my name, to defile it.
32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in
the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and
their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which
I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that
they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
32:36 And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of
Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be
delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword,
and by the famine, and by the pestilence;
32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries,
whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury,
and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this
place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:
32:38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that
they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of
their children after them:
32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them,
that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I
will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart
32:41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I
will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart
and with my whole soul.
32:42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all
this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them
all the good that I have promised them.
32:43 And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye
say, It is desolate without man or beast; it is given into
the hand of the Chaldeans.
32:44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe
evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of
Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the
cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in
the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south:
for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD.