Jeremiah is in prison. The LORD promises restoration. Jeremiah is assisted by his disciple Baruch the son of Neriah.
VERSE 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 Nebuchadnezzar.
tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah. That is, 588 BC.
VERSE 2. Now at that time the king of Babylon’s army was besieging Jerusalem. Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the king of Judah’s house.
Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard. That is, Jeremiah was being held as a prisoner.
VERSE 3. For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, “Why do you prophesy, and say, ‘The LORD says, “Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will take it;
VERSE 4. and Zedekiah king of Judah won’t escape out of the hand of the Kasdim, but will surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and will speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes will see his eyes;
VERSE 5. and he will bring Zedekiah to Babylon, and he will be there until I visit him,” says the LORD: “though you fight with the Kasdim, you will not prosper?” ’ ”
VERSE 6. Jeremiah said, “The LORD’s word came to me, saying,
VERSE 7. ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field that is in Anathoth; for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.” ’ ”
VERSE 8. “So Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard according to the LORD’s word, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption is yours. Buy it for yourself.’ “Then I knew that this was the LORD’s word.
VERSE 9. I bought the field that was in Anathoth of Hanamel my uncle’s son, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.
Genesis 23:15. My lord, listen to me. What is a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver between me and you? Therefore bury your dead.
VERSE 10. I signed the deed, sealed it, called witnesses, and weighed the money in the balances to him.
VERSE 11. So I took the deed of the purchase, both that which was sealed, containing the terms and conditions, and that which was open;
VERSE 12. and I delivered the deed of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of the purchase, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the guard.
Baruch the son of Neriah. He was a disciple and secretary and devoted friend of the prophet Jeremiah.
VERSE 13. “I commanded Baruch before them, saying,
VERSE 14. the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel says: ‘Take these deeds, this deed of the purchase which is sealed, and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many days.’
an earthen vessel. That is, a clay pot. Some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in clay pots.
VERSE 15. For the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel says: ‘Houses and fields and vineyards will yet again be bought in this land.’
VERSE 16. Now after I had delivered the deed of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD, saying,
VERSE 17. “Ah Lord GOD! Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for you.
There is nothing too hard for you. We often forget that God is limitlessly powerful. We often ask such trivial things of him. But he delights when we ask great and mighty things. Read more »
VERSE 18. You show loving kindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them. The great, the mighty God, the LORD of Hosts is your name:
VERSE 19. great in counsel, and mighty in work; whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of men, to give everyone according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings;
VERSE 20. who performed signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even to this day, both in Israel and among other men; and made yourself a name, as it is today;
VERSE 21. and brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, with wonders, with a strong hand, with an outstretched arm, and with great terror;
VERSE 22. and gave them this land, which you swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey.
VERSE 23. They came in and possessed it, but they didn’t obey your voice and didn’t walk in your law. They have done nothing of all that you commanded them to do. Therefore you have caused all this evil to come upon them.
VERSE 24. “Behold, siege ramps have come to the city to take it. The city is given into the hand of the Kasdim who fight against it, because of the sword, of the famine, and of the pestilence. What you have spoken has happened. Behold, you see it.
VERSE 25. You have said to me, Lord GOD, ‘Buy the field for money, and call witnesses;’ whereas the city is given into the hand of the Kasdim.”
VERSE 26. Then the LORD’s word came to Jeremiah, saying,
NIV translation. I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
Is anything too hard for me? There is nothing too hard for you. We often forget that God is limitlessly powerful. We often ask such trivial things of him. But he delights when we ask great and mighty things. Read more »
VERSE 28. Therefore the LORD says: Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Kasdim, and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will take it.
VERSE 29. The Kasdim, who fight against this city, will come and set this city on fire, and burn it with the houses on whose roofs they have offered incense to Baal, and poured out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.
VERSE 30. “For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done only that which was evil in my sight from their youth; for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, says the LORD.
VERSE 31. For this city has been to me a provocation of my anger and of my wrath from the day that they built it even to this day, so that I should remove it from before my face,
VERSE 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, their prophets, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
VERSE 33. They have turned their backs to me, and not their faces. Although I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction.
VERSE 34. But they set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to defile it.
VERSE 35. 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 fire to Molech, which I didn’t command them. It didn’t even come into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.”
Isaiah 57:5. you who inflame yourselves among the oaks, under every green tree; who kill the children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks?
VERSE 36. Now therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, says concerning this city, about which you say, “It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:”
VERSE 37. “Behold, I will gather them out of all the countries where I have driven them in my anger, and in my wrath, and in great indignation; and I will bring them again to this place. I will cause them to dwell safely.
I will gather them. In the fullness of time, the LORD God did indeed regather his people from Babylon.
VERSE 38. Then they will be my people, and I will be their God.
VERSE 39. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their good, and the good of their children after them.
VERSE 40. I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from following them, to do them good. I will put my fear in their hearts, that they may not depart from me.
will not turn away from following them, to do them good. That is, “I will never stop doing good for them” (NLT translation).
That is great!
VERSE 41. Yes, 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.”
I will rejoice over them to do them good. That is, “I will find joy doing good for them” (NLT translation)
That is great!
VERSE 42. For the LORD says: “Just as I have brought all this great evil on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.
VERSE 43. Fields will be bought in this land, about which you say, ‘It is desolate, without man or animal. It is given into the hand of the Kasdim.’
VERSE 44. Men will buy fields for money, sign the deeds, seal them, and call witnesses, in the land of Benjamin, and in the places around Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland, and in the cities of the South; for I will cause their captivity to be reversed,” says the LORD.
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