The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD1in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, 2which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar.
At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet 3was shut up in 4the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah.
For Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him, saying, "Why do you prophesy and say, 'Thus says the LORD: 5Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall capture it;
46Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, 7but shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face and see him eye to eye.
And 8he shall take Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall remain until I visit him, declares the LORD. 9Though you fight against the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed'?"
Jeremiah said, "The word of the LORD came to me:
Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you and say, 10'Buy my field that is at 11Anathoth, 12for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.'
Then Hanamel my cousin came to me in 13the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the LORD, and said to me, 'Buy my field that is at 14Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.' Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
"And I bought the field at 15Anathoth from Hanamel my cousin, and 16weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver.
1017I signed the deed, 18sealed it, 19got witnesses, and 20weighed the money on scales.
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 21Baruch the son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my cousin, in the presence of 22the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in 23the court of the guard.
I charged 24Baruch 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 25fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.'