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Jeremiah 32:24 ASV
Behold, the mounds, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence; and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, thou seest it.
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Jeremiah 32:24 BBE
See, they have made earthworks against the town to take it; and the town is given into the hands of the Chaldaeans who are fighting against it, because of the sword and need of food and disease: and what you have said has taken place, and truly you see it.
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Jeremiah 32:24 CEB
Now the siege ramps are in place to take the city. And the Babylonians are about to capture it by war, famine, and disease. What you have pronounced is now happening, as you can see.
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Jeremiah 32:24 CJB
the siege-works are already there; they have come to the city to capture it; and the city, by means of sword, famine and plague, is being handed over to the Kasdim fighting against it. What you foretold is being fulfilled; here, you see it, yourself.
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Jeremiah 32:24 RHE
Behold works are built up against the city to take it: and the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans, who fight against it, by the sword, and the famine, and the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken, is all come to pass, as thou thyself seest.
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Jeremiah 32:24 ESV
Behold, the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and because of sword and famine and pestilence the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has come to pass, and behold, you see it.
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Jeremiah 32:24 GW
"'See how the dirt ramps have been built up around the city to capture it! Because of wars, famines, and plagues, the city will be handed over to the Babylonians who are attacking it. What you have threatened to do has happened, as you can see.
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Jeremiah 32:24 GNT
"The Babylonians have built siege mounds around the city to capture it, and they are attacking. War, starvation, and disease will make the city fall into their hands. You can see that all you have said has come true.
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Jeremiah 32:24 HNV
Behold, the mounds, they are come to the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Kasdim who fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence; and what you have spoken has happened; and, behold, you see it.
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Jeremiah 32:24 CSB
Look! Siege ramps have come against the city to capture it, and the city, as a result of the sword, famine, and plague, has been handed over to the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What You have spoken has happened. Look, You can see it!
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Jeremiah 32:24 KJV
Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, thou seest it.
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Jeremiah 32:24 LEB
Look, the siege ramps have come up [to] the city to capture it, and the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it, because of the sword, the famine, and the plague, and what you spoke happened, and look, you [are] seeing [it].
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Jeremiah 32:24 NAS
'Behold, the siege ramps have reached the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword, the famine and the pestilence; and what You have spoken has come to pass; and behold, You see it.
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Jeremiah 32:24 NCV
"Look! The enemy has surrounded the city and has built roads to the top of the walls to capture it. Because of war, hunger, and terrible diseases, the city will be handed over to the Babylonians who are attacking it. You said this would happen, and now you see it is happening.
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Jeremiah 32:24 NIRV
" 'See how ramps are built up against Jerusalem's walls to attack it. The city will be handed over to the armies of Babylonia. They are attacking it. It will fall because of war, hunger and plague. What you said would happen is now happening, as you can see.
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Jeremiah 32:24 NIV
"See how the siege ramps are built up to take the city. Because of the sword, famine and plague, the city will be handed over to the Babylonians who are attacking it. What you said has happened, as you now see.
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Jeremiah 32:24 NKJV
Look, the siege mounds! They have come to the city to take it; and the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword and famine and pestilence. What You have spoken has happened; there You see it!
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Jeremiah 32:24 NLT
"See how the siege ramps have been built against the city walls! Because of war, famine, and disease, the city has been handed over to the Babylonians, who will conquer it. Everything has happened just as you said it would.
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Jeremiah 32:24 NRS
See, the siege ramps have been cast up against the city to take it, and the city, faced with sword, famine, and pestilence, has been given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has happened, as you yourself can see.
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Jeremiah 32:24 RSV
Behold, the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and because of sword and famine and pestilence the city is given into the hands of the Chalde'ans who are fighting against it. What thou didst speak has come to pass, and behold, thou seest it.
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Jeremiah 32:24 DBY
Behold the mounds, they are come unto the city for taking it; and the city is given over into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, by the sword, and the famine, and the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and behold, thou seest [it].
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Jeremiah 32:24 MSG
"'Oh, look at the siege ramps already set in place to take the city. Killing and starvation and disease are on our doorstep. The Babylonians are attacking! The Word you spoke is coming to pass - it's daily news!
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Jeremiah 32:24 WBT
Behold the mounts, they are come to the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and behold, thou seest [it].
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Jeremiah 32:24 TMB
Behold the siege ramps! They have come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, who fight against it, because of the sword and of the famine and of the pestilence. And what Thou hast spoken has come to pass, and behold, Thou seest it.
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Jeremiah 32:24 TNIV
"See how the siege ramps are built up to take the city. Because of the sword, famine and plague, the city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians who are attacking it. What you said has happened, as you now see.
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Jeremiah 32:24 WEB
Behold, the mounds, they are come to the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence; and what you have spoken is happen; and, behold, you see it.
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Jeremiah 32:24 WYC
Lo! strongholds be builded against the city, that it be taken, and the city is given into the hands of Chaldees, and into the hands of the king of Babylon, that fight against it, of the face of [the] sword, and of hunger, and of pestilence (because of the sword, and hunger, and pestilence); and whatever things thou spakest, befell, as thou thyself seest.
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Jeremiah 32:24 YLT
`Lo, the mounts -- they have come in to the city to capture it, and the city hath been given into the hand of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it, because of the sword, and the famine, and the pestilence; and that which Thou hast spoken hath come to pass, and lo, Thou art seeing;
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Jeremiah 32 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 32

Jeremiah buys a field. (1-15) The prophet's prayer. (16-25) God declares that he will give up his people, but promises to restore them. (26-44)

Verses 1-15 Jeremiah, being in prison for his prophecy, purchased a piece of ground. This was to signify, that though Jerusalem was besieged, and the whole country likely to be laid waste, yet the time would come, when houses, and fields, and vineyards, should be again possessed. It concerns ministers to make it appear that they believe what they preach to others. And it is good to manage even our worldly affairs in faith; to do common business with reference to the providence and promise of God.

Verses 16-25 Jeremiah adores the Lord and his infinite perfections. When at any time we are perplexed about the methods of Providence, it is good for us to look to first principles. Let us consider that God is the fountain of all being, power, and life; that with him no difficulty is such as cannot be overcome; that he is a God of boundless mercy; that he is a God of strict justice; and that he directs every thing for the best. Jeremiah owns that God was righteous in causing evil to come upon them. Whatever trouble we are in, personal or public, we may comfort ourselves that the Lord sees it, and knows how to remedy it. We must not dispute God's will, but we may seek to know what it means.

Verses 26-44 God's answer discovers the purposes of his wrath against that generation of the Jews, and the purposes of his grace concerning future generations. It is sin, and nothing else, that ruins them. The restoration of Judah and Jerusalem is promised. This people were now at length brought to despair. But God gives hope of mercy which he had in store for them hereafter. Doubtless the promises are sure to all believers. God will own them for his, and he will prove himself theirs. He will give them a heart to fear him. All true Christians shall have a disposition to mutual love. Though they may have different views about lesser things, they shall all be one in the great things of God; in their views of the evil of sin, and the low estate of fallen man, the way of salvation through the Saviour, the nature of true holiness, the vanity of the world, and the importance of eternal things. Whom God loves, he loves to the end. We have no reason to distrust God's faithfulness and constancy, but only our own hearts. He will settle them again in Canaan. These promises shall surely be performed. Jeremiah's purchase was the pledge of many a purchase that should be made after the captivity; and those inheritances are but faint resemblances of the possessions in the heavenly Canaan, which are kept for all who have God's fear in their hearts, and do not depart from him. Let us then bear up under our trials, assured we shall obtain all the good he has promised us.

Jeremiah 32 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 32

Jeremiah 32:1-14 . JEREMIAH, IMPRISONED FOR HIS PROPHECY AGAINST JERUSALEM, BUYS A PATRIMONIAL PROPERTY (HIS RELATIVE HANAMEEL'S), IN ORDER TO CERTIFY TO THE JEWS THEIR FUTURE RETURN FROM BABYLON.

1. tenth year--The siege of Jerusalem had already begun, in the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah ( Jeremiah 39:1 , 2 Kings 25:1 ).

2. in . . . court of . . . prison--that is, in the open space occupied by the guard, from which he was not allowed to depart, but where any of his friends might visit him ( Jeremiah 32:12 , Jeremiah 38:13 Jeremiah 38:28 ). Marvellous obstinacy, that at the time when they were experiencing the truth of Jeremiah's words in the pressure of the siege, they should still keep the prophet in confinement [CALVIN]. The circumstances narrated ( Jeremiah 32:3-5 ) occurred at the beginning of the siege, when Jeremiah foretold the capture of the city ( Jeremiah 32:1 , Jeremiah 34:1-7 , 39:1 ). He was at that time put into free custody in the court of the prison. At the raising of the siege by Pharaoh-hophra, Jeremiah was on the point of repairing to Benjamin, when he was cast into "the dungeon," but obtained leave to be removed again to the court of the prison ( Jeremiah 37:12-21 ). When there he urged the Jews, on the second advance of the Chaldeans to the siege, to save themselves by submission to Nebuchadnezzar ( Jeremiah 38:2 Jeremiah 38:3 ); in consequence of this the king, at the instigation of the princes, had him cast into a miry dungeon ( Jeremiah 38:4-6 ); again he was removed to the prison court at the intercession of a courtier ( Jeremiah 32:7-13 ), where he remained till the capture of the city ( Jeremiah 32:28 ), when he was liberated ( Jeremiah 39:11 , &c. Jeremiah 40:1 , &c.).

4. his eyes shall behold his eyes--that is, only before reaching Babylon, which he was not to see. Jeremiah 39:6 Jeremiah 39:7 harmonizes this prophecy ( Jeremiah 32:4 ) with the seemingly opposite prophecy, Ezekiel 12:13 , "He shall not see."

5. visit him--in a good sense ( Jeremiah 27:22 ); referring to the honor paid Zedekiah at his death and burial ( Jeremiah 34:4 Jeremiah 34:5 ). Perhaps, too, before his death he was treated by Nebuchadnezzar with some favor.
though ye fight . . . shall not prosper--( Jeremiah 21:4 ).

6. Jeremiah said--resuming the thread of Jeremiah 32:1 , which was interrupted by the parenthesis ( Jeremiah 32:2-5 ).

7. son of Shallum thine uncle--therefore, Jeremiah's first cousin.
field . . . in Anathoth--a sacerdotal city: and so having one thousand cubits of suburban fields outside the wall attached to it ( Numbers 35:4 Numbers 35:5 ). The prohibition to sell these suburban fields ( Leviticus 25:34 ) applied merely to their alienating them from Levites to another tribe; so that this chapter does not contravene that prohibition. Besides, what is here meant is only the purchase of the use of the field till the year of jubilee. On the failure of the owner, the next of kin had the right of redeeming it ( Leviticus 25:25 , &c. Ruth 4:3-6 ).

8. Then I knew--Not that Jeremiah previously doubted the reality of the divine communication, but, the effect following it, and the prophet's experimentally knowing it, confirmed his faith and was the seal to the vision. The Roman historian, FLORUS (2.6), records a similar instance: During the days that Rome was being besieged by Hannibal, the very ground on which he was encamped was put up for sale at Rome, and found a purchaser; implying the calm confidence of the ultimate issue entertained by the Roman people.

9. seventeen shekels of silver--As the shekel was only about fifty cents, the whole would be under $10, a rather small sum, even taking into account the fact of the Chaldean occupation of the land, and the uncertainty of the time when it might come to Jeremiah or his heirs. Perhaps the "seven shekels," which in the Hebrew (see Margin) are distinguished from the "ten pieces of silver," were shekels of gold [MAURER].

10. subscribed--I wrote in the deed, "book of purchase" ( Jeremiah 32:12 ).
weighed--coined money was not in early use; hence money was "weighed" ( Genesis 23:16 ).

11. evidence . . . sealed . . . open--Two deeds were drawn up in a contract of sale; the one, the original copy, witnessed and sealed with the public seal; the other not so, but open, and therefore less authoritative, being but a copy. GATAKER thinks that the purchaser sealed the one with his own seal; the other he showed to witnesses that they might write their names on the back of it and know the contents; and that some details, for example, the conditions and time of redemption were in the sealed copy, which the parties might not choose to be known to the witnesses, and which were therefore not in the open copy. The sealed copy, when opened after the seventy years' captivity, would greatly confirm the faith of those living at that time. The "law and custom" refer, probably, not merely to the sealing up of the conditions and details of purchase, but also to the law of redemption, according to which, at the return to Judea, the deed would show that Jeremiah had bought the field by his right as next of kin ( Leviticus 25:13-16 ), [LUDOVICUS DE DIEU].

12. Baruch--Jeremiah's amanuensis and agent ( Jeremiah 36:4 , &c.).
before all--In sales everything clandestine was avoided; publicity was required. So here, in the court of prison, where Jeremiah was confined, there were soldiers and others, who had free access to him, present ( Jeremiah 38:1 ).

14. in an earthen vessel--that the documents might not be injured by the moisture of the surrounding earth; at the same time, being buried, they could not be stolen, but would remain as a pledge of the Jews' deliverance until God's time should come.

15. (Compare Jeremiah 32:24 Jeremiah 32:25 Jeremiah 32:37 Jeremiah 32:43 Jeremiah 32:44 ).

16. Jeremiah, not comprehending how God's threat of destroying Judah could be reconciled with God's commanding him to purchase land in it as if in a free country, has recourse to his grand remedy against perplexities, prayer.

17. hast made . . . heaven--Jeremiah extols God's creative power, as a ground of humility on his part as man: It is not my part to call Thee, the mighty God, to account for Thy ways (compare Jeremiah 12:1 ).
too hard--In Jeremiah 32:27 God's reply exactly accords with Jeremiah's prayer ( Genesis 18:14 , Zechariah 8:6 , Luke 1:37 ).

18. ( Exodus 34:7 , Isaiah 65:6 ). This is taken from the decalogue ( Exodus 20:5 Exodus 20:6 ). This is a second consideration to check hasty judgments as to God's ways: Thou art the gracious and righteous Judge of the world.

19. counsel . . . work--devising . . . executing ( Isaiah 28:29 ).
eyes . . . open upon all--( Job 34:21 , Proverbs 5:21 ).
to give . . . according to . . . ways--( Jeremiah 17:10 ).

20. even unto this day--Thou hast given "signs" of Thy power from the day when Thou didst deliver Israel out of Egypt by mighty miracles, down to the present time [MAURER]. CALVIN explains it, "memorable even unto this day."
among other men--not in Israel only, but among foreign peoples also. Compare for "other" understood, Psalms 73:5 .
made thee a name--( Exodus 9:16 , 1 Chronicles 17:21 , Isaiah 63:12 ).
as at this day--a name of power, such as Thou hast at this day.

21. ( Psalms 136:11 Psalms 136:12 ).

22. given . . . didst swear--God gave it by a gratuitous covenant, not for their deserts.
a land flowing with milk and

23. all . . . thou commandedst . . . all this evil--Their punishment was thus exactly commensurate with their sin. It was not fortuitous.

24. mounts--mounds of earth raised as breastworks by the besieging army, behind which they employed their engines, and which they gradually pushed forward to the walls of the city.
behold, thou seest it--connected with Jeremiah 32:25 . Thou seest all this with Thine own eyes, and yet (what seems inconsistent with it) Thou commandest me to buy a field.

25. for the city, &c.--rather, "though," &c.

27. Jehovah retorts Jeremiah's own words: I am indeed, as thou sayest ( Jeremiah 32: Jeremiah 32:17 ), the God and Creator of "all flesh," and "nothing is too hard for Me"; thine own words ought to have taught thee that, though Judea and Jerusalem are given up to the Chaldeans now for the sins of the Jews, yet it will not be hard to Me, when I please, to restore the state so that houses and lands therein shall be possessed in safety ( Jeremiah 32:36-44 ).

29. burn . . . houses upon whose roofs . . . incense unto Baal--retribution in kind. They burnt incense to Baal, on the houses, so the houses shall be burnt ( Jeremiah 19:13 ). The god of fire was the object of their worship; so fire shall be the instrument of their punishment.
to provoke me--indicating the design, not merely the event. They seemed to court God's "anger," and purposely to "provoke" Him.

30. have . . . done--literally, "have been doing"; implying continuous action.
only . . . evil . . . only provoked me--They have been doing nothing else but evil; their sole aim seems to have been to provoke Me.
their youth--the time when they were in the wilderness, having just before come into national existence.

31. provocation of mine anger--literally, "for mine anger." CALVIN, therefore, connects those words with those at the end of the verse, "this city has been to me an object for mine anger (namely, by reason of the provocations mentioned, Jeremiah 32:30 , &c.), that I should remove it," &c. Thus, there will not be the repetition of the sentiment, Jeremiah 32:30 , as in English Version; the Hebrew also favors this rendering. However, Jeremiah delights in repetitions. In English Version the words, "that I should remove it," &c., stand independently, as the result of what precedes. The time is ripe for taking vengeance on them ( 2 Kings 23:27 ).
from the day that they built it--Solomon completed the building of the city; and it was he who, first of the Jewish kings, turned to idolatry. It was originally built by the idolatrous Canaanites.

32. priests . . . prophets--( Nehemiah 9:32 Nehemiah 9:34 ). Hence, learn, though ministers of God apostatize, we must remain faithful.

33. ( Jeremiah 2:27 , 7:13 ).

34. ( Jeremiah 7:30 Jeremiah 7:31 , Ezekiel 8:5-17 ).

35. cause . . . pass through . . . fire--By way of purification, they passed through with bare feet ( Leviticus 18:21 ).
Molech--meaning "king"; the same as Milcom ( 1 Kings 11:33 ).
I commanded . . . not--This cuts off from the superstitious the plea of a good intention. All "will-worship" exposes to God's wrath ( Colossians 2:18 Colossians 2:23 ).

36. And now therefore--rather, "But now, nevertheless." Notwithstanding that their guilt deserves lasting vengeance, God, for the elect's sake and for His covenant's sake, will, contrary to all that might have been expected, restore them.
ye say, It shall be delivered into . . . king of Babylon--The reprobate pass from the extreme of self-confidence to that of despair of God's fulfilling His promise of restoring them.

restoration of Israel more universal than that from Babylon.

38. ( Jeremiah 30:22 , 24:7 ).

39. one heart--all seeking the Lord with one accord, in contrast to their state when only scattered individuals sought Him ( Ezekiel 11:19 Ezekiel 11:20 , Zephaniah 3:9 ).
for . . . good of them--( Psalms 34:12-15 ).

40. ( Jeremiah 31:31 Jeremiah 31:33 , Isaiah 55:3 ).
not depart from me--never yet fully realized as to the Israelites.
I will not turn away from them . . . good--( Isaiah 30:21 ). Jehovah compares Himself to a sedulous preceptor following his pupils everywhere to direct their words, gestures.
put my fear in . . . hearts . . . not depart from me--Both the conversion and perseverance of the saints are the work of God alone, by the operation of the Holy Spirit.

41. rejoice over them--( Deuteronomy 30:9 , Isaiah 62:5 , 65:19 , Zephaniah 3:17 ).
plant . . . assuredly--rather, "in stability," that is, permanently, for ever ( Jeremiah 24:6 , Amos 9:15 ).

42. ( Jeremiah 31:28 ). The restoration from Babylon was only a slight foretaste of the grace to be expected by Israel at last through Christ.

43. ( Jeremiah 32:15 ).
whereof ye say, It is desolate--( Jeremiah 33:10 ).

44. Referring to the forms of contract ( Jeremiah 32:10-12 ):
Benjamin--specified as Anathoth; Jeremiah's place of residence where the field lay ( Jeremiah 32:8 ), was in it.