and gave the purchase agreement to Barucha son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah. [I did this] in the sight of my cousinb Hanamel, the witnesses who were signing the purchase agreement, and all the Judeans sitting in the guard's courtyard.
"I instructed Baruch in their sight,
'This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Take these scrolls-this purchase agreement with the sealed copy and this open copy-and put them in an earthen storage jar so they will last a long time.
For this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields, and vineyards will again be bought in this land.'
"After I had given the purchase agreement to Baruch, son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord:
Ah, Lord God ! You Yourself made the heavens and earthc by Your great powerd and with Your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You!
You show faithful love to thousandse but lay the fathers' sins on their sons' laps after them, great and mighty God whose name is the Lord of Hosts,
the One great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are on all the ways of the sons of men in order to give to each person according to his ways and the result of his deeds.f20
You performed signs and wonders in the land of Egyptg and do so to this very day both in Israel and among mankind. You made a nameh for Yourself, as [is the case] today.
You brought Your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and with great terror.i22
You gave them this land You swore [to give] to their ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey.j