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Jeremiah 32:1-44

32  The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah in the year ten of King Sidkijah of Judah, which was the year eighteen of Nebucadressar; 2  the king of Babylon’s forces were then besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was shut up in the court of the guard in the palace of the king of Judah, 3  King Sidkijah of Judah having shut him up with the words “How is it you are prophesying ‘Says Jehovah, Here I am going to give this city into the hands of the king of Babylon and he shall take it; 4  and King Sidkijah of Judah shall not escape out of the Chaldeans’ hands, but given into the hands of the king of Babylon he shall be, and his mouth shall speak with his and his eyes shall see his, 5*  and to Babylon he shall take Sidkijah and there he shall be till I look after him, quoth Jehovah; when you fight the Chaldeans you will not succeed’?” 6*  And Jehovah’s word came to Jeremiah 7  “Here is your uncle Shallum’s son Hanamel going to come to you saying ‘Buy for your own my field at ʽAnathoth, because you have the redemption right to buy it.’” 8**  And my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard in accordance with Jehovah’s word and said “Please buy my field at ʽAnathoth in Benjamin, because you have the right to take possession and you have the redemption.” And I knew it was what Jehovah had spoken of, 9  and I bought the field from my ʽAnathoth cousin Hanamel and weighed him out the money, seventeen shekels of silver. 10  And I wrote the paper and sealed it and had it witnessed, and weighed out the money with the scales, 11*  and took the deed—the sealed, the conveyance and the delimitation, and the open— 12  and gave it to Baruc the son of Nerijah the son of Mahsejah before the eyes of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had subscribed the deed, before the eyes of all the Judahites who were sitting in the court of the guard, 13  and before their eyes I instructed Baruc 14*  “Says Israel’s God Jehovah of Armies, Take these papers, this sealed deed and the open paper, and put them in an earthen jar so as to let them stand a long time. 15  For Israel’s God Jehovah of Armies says, Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this country.” 16  And after I had given the deed to Baruc the son of Nerijah I prayed to Jehovah, 17  “O, O, Lord Jehovah! it was you that made the heavens and the earth by your great power and your outstretched arm; nothing is impossible to you. 18  Befriender of thousands and repayer of fathers’ guilt into the laps of their children after them, great and puissant Deity whose name is Jehovah of Armies, 19  great in purpose and abundant in deed, whose eyes are over all the courses of mankind to give to each in accordance with his course and with the desert of his practices, 20*  you who produced signs and miracles in Egypt to this day and in Israel and in the human race and made yourself famous as at this day, 21  and brought your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and miracles and with a strong hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror, 22  and gave them this country that you had sworn to their fathers to give them, a country that runs milk and honey, 23*  and they came in and took possession of it but did not obey you nor go by your instructions, did not do any of the things you commanded them to do, and all this disaster has befallen them: 24*  here have the ramps come to the city to take it, and in consequence of the losses in fighting, the starvation, and the fever, the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans that are attacking it, and what you threatened has come to pass and you see it; 25  and you say to me, Lord Jehovah, ‘Buy the field for money and have the deed witnessed,’ when the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.” 26  And Jehovah’s word came to me 27  “Here, I am Jehovah, God of all mortals; is anything impossible to me? 28**  So Jehovah says, Given into the hands of the Chaldeans and of King Nebucadressar of Babylon this city shall be, and he shall take it; 29  and the Chaldeans that are attacking this city shall come in and set this city on fire and burn the houses on whose roofs they made burnings to the Baal and poured libations to other gods to provoke me; 30*  for the sons of Israel and of Judah have been doing altogether what displeased me since their childhood. 31*  For this city has been offensive and irritating to me from the day that they built it to this day, to get itself removed from before my face 32  for all the wickedness of the sons of Israel and of Judah that they have committed to provoke me, they, their kings, their generals, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, 33  and have turned their backs and not their faces to me; and I taught them, early each time, but they did not listen to get instruction; 34  and they placed their horrors in the house that wears my name, to defile it, 35  and they built the Baal-heights in Ben-Hinnom’s Valley to send their children over to Melec, which abomination I had not commanded them to commit, nor thought of it, so as to set Israel to sinning. 36*  “So I God Jehovah say now of this city of which you are saying ‘it is given into the hands of the king of Babylon by the losses in fighting and the starvation and the fever’: 37  Here I am going to gather them out of all the countries to which I banished them in my anger and choler and in great wrath, and will bring them back to this place and settle them in security; 38  and I will have them for my people and they shall have me for their God. 39  And I will give them one heart and one course, to fear me always for their good and the good of their children after them; 40  and I will make with them a permanent covenant that I will not turn back from following them up to do them good, and will put my fear in their hearts so that they shall not swerve from my line. 41*  And I will delight in doing them good, and will plant them in this country in good faith with all my heart and soul. 42  “For Jehovah says, As I have brought to this people all this great harm, so I am going to bring over them all the good that I am promising for them; 43  and the land shall be bought in this country which you are saying is a desolation without man or beast, given into the hands of the Chaldeans: 44*  they shall buy lands for money, and write deeds and seal them and have them witnessed, in the country of Benjamin and in the environs of Jerusalem and in the cities of Judah, the cities of the highland and those of the lowland and those of the South; for I will reinstate them, quoth Jehovah.”

Footnotes

32:5 Var. om. all after shall be
32:6 Var. And Jeremiah said, Jehovah’s word came to me
32:8 Var. of the guard and said
32:8 Or knew that it had been Jehovah’s word, and
32:11 Var. and took the sealed deed and gave
32:14 Conj. these papers, this deed and the sealed, and put
32:20 Lit. made yourself a name as
32:23 Or do all the
32:24 Lit. in consequence of the swords (or warfare) and the starvation
32:28 Var. Here I am giving this city into the hands of and so forth
32:28 Var. of the king of Babylon
32:30 Var. childhood, for the sons of Israel have been altogether provoking me with the works of their hands, quoth Jehovah. For this city
32:31 Lit. has been to me on my anger (or on my nose) and on my heat
32:36 Var. as to whether the word you here is singular or plural
32:41 Var. And I will take notice of them to do them good
32:44 Codd. of Judah and the cities of the highland