Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy;
and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neri'ah son of Mahsei'ah, in the presence of Han'amel my cousin, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Jews who were sitting in the court of the guard.
I charged Baruch in their presence, saying,
'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.
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.'
"After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neri'ah, I prayed to the LORD, saying:
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