I signed and sealed the deed,1 had it witnessed,2 and weighed out the silver on the scales.
I took the deed of purchase--the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, as well as the unsealed copy--
and I gave this deed to Baruch3 son of Neriah,4 the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed and of all the Jews sitting in the courtyard of the guard.
"In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions:
'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed5 and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time.
For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.'616
"After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch7 son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD:
"Ah, Sovereign LORD,8 you have made the heavens and the earth9 by your great power and outstretched arm.10 Nothing is too hard11 for you.
You show love12 to thousands but bring the punishment for the fathers' sins into the laps13 of their children14 after them. O great and powerful God,15 whose name is the LORD Almighty,1619
great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds.17 Your eyes are open to all the ways of men;18 you reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve.1920
You performed miraculous signs and wonders20 in Egypt21 and have continued them to this day, both in Israel and among all mankind, and have gained the renown22 that is still yours.