Jeremiah 32 (Lexham English Bible)

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Jeremiah Buys a Field

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh in the tenth year of Zedekiah the king of Judah, that [was] the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 2 Now at that time the army of the king of Babylon [was] laying siege to Jerusalem and Jeremiah the prophet was confined in the courtyard of the guard that [was in] the palace of the king of Judah, 3 where Zedekiah, the king of Judah, had confined him, {saying},a "Why [are] you prophesying, {saying},b 'Thus says Yahweh, "Look, I [am] going to give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will capture it, 4 and Zedekiah, the king of Judah, will not escape from the hand of the Chaldeans, but surely he will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and {he will speak face to face with him}c and {he will see him eye to eye},d 5 and [to] Babylon he will bring Zedekiah, and there he will be until my attending to him," {declares}e Yahweh. "If you fight against the Chaldeans, you will not be successful" '?" 6 And Jeremiah said, "The word of Yahweh came to me, {saying},f 7 'Look, Hanamel, the son of Shallum, your uncle, [is] going to come to you, {saying},g "Buy for yourself my field that [is] at Anathoth, for {you have}h the right of redemption to buy [it]." 'i 8 Then Hanamel, the son of my uncle, came to me, to the courtyard of the guard {according to}j the word of Yahweh, and he said to me, 'Please buy my field that [is] at Anathoth, that [is] in the land of Benjamin, for to you [is] the claim of possession, and to you the redemption; buy [it]k for yourself.' Then I knew that this [was] the word of Yahweh. 9 And I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle, that [was] at Anathoth. And I weighed out to him the money, seventeen silver shekels. 10 And I signed on the letterl and sealed [it],m and I called witnesses as witness, and I weighed out the money on a set of scales. 11 Then I took the deedn of the purchase, the sealed [copy containing] the commandmentso and the rules, together with the [one] that was open. 12 And I gave the deed of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, {in the presence of}p Hanamel, [the son of] my uncle, and {in the presence of}q the witnesses who signed the deed of the purchase, {in the presence of}r the Judeanss who were sitting in the courtyard of the guard. 13 And I commanded Baruch {in their presence},t {saying},u 14 'Thus says Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, "Take these deeds,v this deed of the purchase, the sealed one, and this opened deed, and you must put them in an {earthenware jar}w so that they may be kept preserved many days." 15 For thus says Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel: "Houses and fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land." ' 16 And I prayed to Yahweh--after giving my deed of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah--{saying},x 17 'Ah Lord Yahweh! Look, you made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm. {Nothing}y is too difficult for you, 18 showing loyal love to the thousands, and repaying the guilt of {parents}z into the lapsaa of their children after them. Powerful, great, mighty, his name [is] Yahweh of hosts, 19 great in counsel and great [in] deed, whose eyes [are] opened to all the ways of the children of humankind, to give to each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds, 20 who accomplished signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, up to this day, and in Israel, and among humankind, and you have made for yourself a name, as [it is] this day. 21 And you brought out your people Israel from the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with an arm stretched out, and with great terror. 22 And you gave to them this land, which you swore to their ancestorsbb to give to them, a land flowing with milk and honey. 23 And they entered and took possession of it, but they did not listen to your voice, and they did not follow your law. They did nothing of all that you commanded to them to do, and you caused to happen [to] them all this disaster. 24 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].cc 25 Yet you have said to me, Lord Yahweh, "Buy for yourself the field with the money, and call witnesses as witness," though the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.'" 26 And the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, {saying},dd 27 "Look, I [am] Yahweh, [the] God of all flesh; is {anything}ee too difficult for me?" 28 {Therefore}ff thus says Yahweh: "Look, I [am] going to give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and he will capture it. 29 And the Chaldeans, who are fighting against this city, will come and set this city on fire, and they will burn it, and the houses where they have made smoke offerings on their roofs to Baal, and [where] they have devoted libations to other gods, in order to provoke me to anger. 30 For the peoplegg of Israel and the peoplehh of Judah were doing only evil in my eyes from their youth, for the peopleii of Israel [were] only provoking me to anger by the work of their hands," {declares}jj Yahweh. 31 "For this city has been for me [a cause] of my anger and of my wrath from the day that they built it even until this day, [so I will] remove it from my {sight},kk 32 because of all the evil of the peoplell of Israel and the peoplemm of Judah that they did to provoke me to anger--they, their kings, their officials, their priests, and their prophets, and the mennn of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 33 And they have turned to me [their] backsoo and not [their] faces, though {I have taught them over and over again},pp but they [were] not listening to accept discipline. 34 And they set up their abominations in the house that is called by my name, to defile it. 35 And they built the high places of Baal that [are] in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to present as offerings their sons and their daughters to Molech, which I had not commanded them, and it had not come to my {mind}qq to do this detestable thing in order to cause Judah to sin." 36 "So now {therefore},rr thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, concerning this city, [of] which you [are] saying, 'It will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the plague': 37 Look, I [am] going to gather them from all the lands [to] which I driven them in my anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath, and I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell {in safety}.ss 38 And they will be for me a people, and I will be for them God. 39 And I will give to them one heart and one way, to revere me {forever},tt for good to them, and to their children after them. 40 And I will {make}uu with them {an everlasting covenant}vv that I will not turn away from them, my doing good [to] them, and my reverence I will put in their heartsww so that [they will] not turn aside from me. 41 And I will rejoice over them to do good [to] them, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness with all my heart, and with all my inner self."xx 42 "For thus says Yahweh, 'Just as I have brought to this people all this great disaster, so I [will] bring upon them all the good that I promise to them. 43 And the fieldsyy will be bought in this land [of] which you [are] saying, "It [is] a desolation, {without humankind or animals}.zz It has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans." 44 They will buy fields with money, and they will sign the deeds,52 and they will seal [them],53 and they will call witnesses as witness in the land of Benjamin, and in the surroundings of Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the hill country, and in the cities of the Shephelah, and in the cities of the Negev, for I will restore their fortunes,'54 {declares}55 Yahweh."
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