The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenthyear of Zedekiahking of Judah, which was the eighteenthyear of Nebuchadrezzar.2
For then the king of Babylon'sarmybesiegedJerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah'shouse.3
For Zedekiahking of Judah had shut him up , saying , Wherefore dost thou prophesy , and say , Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;
And Zedekiahking of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes;5
And he shall leadZedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper .
And Jeremiahsaid , The word of the LORD came unto me, saying ,
Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying , Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.
So Hanameel mine uncle'ssoncame to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.9
And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle'sson, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeenashekels of silver.10
And I subscribedb the evidence, and sealed it, and tookwitnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.11
So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open :
And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase,before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.13
And I chargedBaruchbefore them, saying ,
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed , and this evidence which is open ; and put them in an earthenvessel, that they may continuemanydays.15
For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.16
Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD,saying ,
17AhLordGOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy greatpower and stretched outarm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Thou shewestlovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their childrenafter them: the Great, the MightyGod, the LORD of hosts, is his name,19Great in counsel, and mighty in work:c for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:20
Which hast setsigns and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;21
And hast brought forth thy peopleIsrael out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a stronghand, and with a stretched outarm, and with greatterror;22
And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a landflowing with milk and honey;23
And they came in , and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do : therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them:
Behold the mounts,d 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.
And thou hast said unto me, O LordGOD,Buy thee the field for money, and takewitnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.26
Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah,saying ,
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzarking of Babylon, and he shall take it:
And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and setfire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto othergods, to provoke me to anger .
For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only doneevilbefore me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands,saith the LORD.31
For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face,32
Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger , they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.33
And they have turned unto me the back,e and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receiveinstruction.34
But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.
And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin .
And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say , It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence;37
Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in greatwrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwellsafely:38
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:39
And I will give them oneheart, and oneway, that they may fear me for ever,f for the good of them, and of their childrenafter them:
And I will make an everlastingcovenant with them, that I will not turn away from them,g to do them good ; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good , and I will plant them in this landassuredlyh with my whole heart and with my whole soul.42
For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this greatevil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.
And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say , It is desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.44
Men shall buyfields for money, and subscribeevidences, and seal them, and takewitnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places aboutJerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return , saith the LORD.