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'?"a6
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 Anathothb for yourself, for you own the right of redemptionc 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.
So I bought the field in Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and I weighed out to him the money-17 shekelsd of silver.
I recorded it on a scroll, sealed it, called in witnesses, and weighed out the silver on a scale.
I took the purchase agreement-the sealed copy with its terms and conditions and the open copy-
and gave the purchase agreement to Baruche son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah. [I did this] in the sight of my cousinf 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.'