The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the 1tenthyear of Zedekiahking of Judah, which was the eighteenthyear of Nebuchadnezzar.
Now at that time the army of the king of Babylon was besiegingJerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the 2court of the guard, which was in the house of the king of Judah,
3becauseZedekiahking of Judah had 3shut him up, saying, "Why do you 4prophesy, saying, '5Thussays the LORD, "Behold, I am about to 6givethiscity into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will take it;
and Zedekiahking of Judah will 7not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but he will surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will 8speak with him aface to face and see him eye to eye;
and he will 9takeZedekiah to Babylon, and he will be thereuntil I visit him," declares the LORD. "If you fightagainst the Chaldeans, you will 10not succeed "'?"
And Jeremiahsaid, "The word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
7'Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, "Buy for yourself my fieldwhich is at 11Anathoth, for you have the 12right of redemption to buy it."'
"Then Hanamel my uncle'ssoncame to me in the 13court of the guard according to the word of the LORD and said to me, 'Buy my field, please, that is at 14Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for you have the right of possession and the redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.' Then I knew that this was the 15word of the LORD.
"I bought the fieldwhich was at Anathoth from Hanamel my uncle'sson, and I 16weighed out the silver for him, seventeen17shekels of silver.
"I b18signed and 19sealed the deed, and 20called in witnesses, and weighed out the silver on the scales.
"Then I took the deeds of purchase, both the sealed copy containing the 21terms and conditions and the open copy;
and I gave the deed of purchase to 22Baruch the son of 23Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the sight of Hanamel my uncle's son and in the sight of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, beforeall the Jews who were sitting in the court of the guard.
"And I commandedBaruch in their presence, saying,
14'Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Takethesedeeds, thissealeddeed of purchase and thisopendeed, and put them in an earthenwarejar, that they may clast a longtime."
'For thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "24Houses and fields and vineyards will again be bought in thisland."'
16"After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, then I 25prayed to the LORD, saying,
'26AhLorddGOD! Behold, You have 27made the heavens and the earth by Your greatpower and by Your outstretchedarm! 28Nothing is toodifficult for You,
who 29showslovingkindness to thousands, but 30repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their childrenafter them, O 31great and 32mightyGod. The 33LORD of hosts is His name;
1934great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose35eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, 36giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds;