Jeremiah Imprisoned

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the 1tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth * year of Nebuchadnezzar.
2 Now at that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging * Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the 2court of the guard, which was in the house of the king of Judah,
3 because Zedekiah king of Judah had 3shut him up, saying, "Why do you 4prophesy, saying, '5Thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am about to 6give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will take it;
4 and Zedekiah king 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 face to face and see him eye to eye;
5 and he will 9take Zedekiah to Babylon, and he will be there until I visit him," declares the LORD. "If you fight against the Chaldeans, you will 10not succeed "'?"
6 And Jeremiah said, "The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
7 'Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, "Buy for yourself my field which is at 11Anathoth, for you have the 12right of redemption to buy it."'
8 "Then Hanamel my uncle's son came 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.
9 "I bought the field which was at Anathoth from Hanamel my uncle's son, and I 16weighed out the silver for him, seventeen * 17shekels of silver.
10 "I 18signed and 19sealed the deed, and 20called in witnesses, and weighed out the silver on the scales.
11 "Then I took the deeds of purchase, both the sealed copy containing the 21terms and conditions and the open copy;
12 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, before all the Jews who were sitting in the court of the guard.
13 "And I commanded Baruch in their presence, saying,
14 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Take these deeds, this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, that they may last a long time."
15 'For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "24Houses and fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land."'

Jeremiah Prays and God Explains

16 "After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, then I 25prayed to the LORD, saying,
17 '26Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have 27made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! 28Nothing * * is too difficult for You,
18 who 29shows lovingkindness to thousands, but 30repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O 31great and 32mighty God. The 33LORD of hosts is His name;
19 34great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose 35eyes 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;