[This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiaha king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar.b2
At that time, the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was imprisoned in the guard's courtyard in the palace of the king of Judah.
Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him, saying: "Why are you prophesying, 'This is what the Lord says: Look, I am about to hand this city over to Babylon's king, and he will capture it.
Zedekiah king of Judah will not escape from the Chaldeans; indeed, he will certainly be handed over to Babylon's king. They will speak face to facec and meet eye to eye.d5
He will take Zedekiah to Babylon where he will stay until I attend to him'-[this is] the Lord's declaration. 'You will fight the Chaldeans, but you will not succeed'?"e6
Jeremiah replied, "The word of the Lord came to me:
'Watch! Hanamel, the son of your uncle Shallum, is coming to you to say: Buy my field in Anathothf for yourself, for you own the right of redemptiong to buy it.'
"Then my cousin Hanamel [came] to the guard's courtyard as the Lord had said and urged me, 'Please buy my field in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for you own the right of inheritance and redemption. Buy it for yourself.' Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.