Jeremiah 32

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Jeremiah Buys a Field During the Siege

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD 1in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, 2which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar.
2 At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet 3was shut up in 4the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah.
3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him, saying, "Why do you prophesy and say, 'Thus says the LORD: 5Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall capture it;
4 6Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, 7but shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face and see him eye to eye.
5 And 8he shall take Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall remain until I visit him, declares the LORD. 9Though you fight against the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed'?"
6 Jeremiah said, "The word of the LORD came to me:
7 Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you and say, 10'Buy my field that is at 11Anathoth, 12for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.'
8 Then Hanamel my cousin came to me in 13the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the LORD, and said to me, 'Buy my field that is at 14Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.' Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
9 "And I bought the field at 15Anathoth from Hanamel my cousin, and 16weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver.
10 17I signed the deed, 18sealed it, 19got witnesses, and 20weighed the money on scales.
11 Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions and the open copy.
12 And I gave the deed of purchase to 21Baruch the son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my cousin, in the presence of 22the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in 23the court of the guard.
13 I charged 24Baruch in their presence, saying,
14 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware vessel, that they may last for a long time.
15 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and 25fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.'

Jeremiah Prays for Understanding

16 "After I had given the deed of purchase to 26Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD, saying:
17 'Ah, Lord GOD! It is 27you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by 28your outstretched arm! 29Nothing is too hard for you.
18 30You show steadfast love to thousands, 31but you repay the guilt of fathers 32to their children after them, O great and 33mighty God, whose name is the 34LORD of hosts,
19 35great in counsel and 36mighty in deed, 37whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, 38rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.
20 You have shown 39signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all mankind, 40and have made a name for yourself, as at this day.
21 41You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and 42outstretched arm, 43and with great terror.
22 And you gave them this land, 44which you swore to their fathers to give them, 45a land flowing with milk and honey.
23 And they entered and took possession of it. 46But they did not obey your voice or walk in your law. They did nothing of all you commanded them to do. Therefore you have made all this disaster come upon them.
24 Behold, 47the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and 48because of sword and famine and pestilence 49the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has come to pass, and behold, you see it.
25 Yet you, O Lord GOD, have said to me, 50"Buy the field for money 51and get witnesses"--though 52the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.'"
26 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
27 "Behold, I am the LORD, 53the God of all flesh. 54Is anything too hard for me?
28 Therefore, thus says the LORD: 55Behold, I am giving this city into the hands of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall capture it.
29 The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city 56shall come and set this city on fire and burn it, 57with the houses on whose roofs offerings have been made to Baal 58and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods, 59to provoke me to anger.
30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight 60from their youth. The children of Israel have done nothing but 61provoke me to anger 62by the work of their hands, declares the LORD.
31 This city has aroused my anger and wrath, from the day it was built to this day, 63so that I will remove it from my sight
32 because of all the evil of the children of Israel and the children of Judah that they did to provoke me to anger--64their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
33 65They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them 66persistently, they have not listened 67to receive instruction.
34 They set up 68their abominations in the house that is called by my name, to defile it.
35 They built the high places of Baal 69in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, 70to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, 71though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do 72this abomination, 73to cause Judah to sin.

They Shall Be My People; I Will Be Their God

36 "Now therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, 74'It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine, and by pestilence':
37 75Behold, I will gather them from all the countries 76to which I drove them in 77my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, 78and I will make them dwell in safety.
38 79And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
39 80I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, 81for their own good and the good of their children after them.
40 82I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. 83And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.
41 84I will rejoice in doing them good, 85and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.
42 "For thus says the LORD: 86Just as I have brought all this great disaster upon this people, so I will bring upon them all the good that I promise them.
43 87Fields shall be bought in this land 88of which you are saying, 'It is a desolation, without man or beast; 89it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.'
44 Fields shall be bought for money, and 90deeds shall be signed and 91sealed and 92witnessed, 93in the land of Benjamin, 94in the places about Jerusalem, 95and in the cities of Judah, 96in the cities of the hill country, 97in the cities of the Shephelah, and in the cities of the Negeb; for 98I will restore their fortunes, declares the LORD."

Jeremiah 32 Commentary

Chapter 32

Jeremiah buys a field. (1-15) The prophet's prayer. (16-25) God declares that he will give up his people, but promises to restore them. (26-44)

Verses 1-15 Jeremiah, being in prison for his prophecy, purchased a piece of ground. This was to signify, that though Jerusalem was besieged, and the whole country likely to be laid waste, yet the time would come, when houses, and fields, and vineyards, should be again possessed. It concerns ministers to make it appear that they believe what they preach to others. And it is good to manage even our worldly affairs in faith; to do common business with reference to the providence and promise of God.

Verses 16-25 Jeremiah adores the Lord and his infinite perfections. When at any time we are perplexed about the methods of Providence, it is good for us to look to first principles. Let us consider that God is the fountain of all being, power, and life; that with him no difficulty is such as cannot be overcome; that he is a God of boundless mercy; that he is a God of strict justice; and that he directs every thing for the best. Jeremiah owns that God was righteous in causing evil to come upon them. Whatever trouble we are in, personal or public, we may comfort ourselves that the Lord sees it, and knows how to remedy it. We must not dispute God's will, but we may seek to know what it means.

Verses 26-44 God's answer discovers the purposes of his wrath against that generation of the Jews, and the purposes of his grace concerning future generations. It is sin, and nothing else, that ruins them. The restoration of Judah and Jerusalem is promised. This people were now at length brought to despair. But God gives hope of mercy which he had in store for them hereafter. Doubtless the promises are sure to all believers. God will own them for his, and he will prove himself theirs. He will give them a heart to fear him. All true Christians shall have a disposition to mutual love. Though they may have different views about lesser things, they shall all be one in the great things of God; in their views of the evil of sin, and the low estate of fallen man, the way of salvation through the Saviour, the nature of true holiness, the vanity of the world, and the importance of eternal things. Whom God loves, he loves to the end. We have no reason to distrust God's faithfulness and constancy, but only our own hearts. He will settle them again in Canaan. These promises shall surely be performed. Jeremiah's purchase was the pledge of many a purchase that should be made after the captivity; and those inheritances are but faint resemblances of the possessions in the heavenly Canaan, which are kept for all who have God's fear in their hearts, and do not depart from him. Let us then bear up under our trials, assured we shall obtain all the good he has promised us.

Cross References 98

  • 1. [Jeremiah 37:5, 11; Jeremiah 39:1, 2; Jeremiah 52:4; 2 Kings 25:2]
  • 2. [Jeremiah 52:12; 2 Kings 25:8]
  • 3. Psalms 88:8
  • 4. ver. 8, 12; Jeremiah 33:1; Jeremiah 37:21; Jeremiah 38:6, 13; Jeremiah 39:14; [Nehemiah 3:25]
  • 5. ver. 25, 36, 43; Jeremiah 21:10; Jeremiah 34:2; Jeremiah 37:17; Jeremiah 38:3
  • 6. Jeremiah 34:3
  • 7. [See ver. 3 above]
  • 8. Jeremiah 39:7; Jeremiah 52:11
  • 9. [Jeremiah 21:4; Jeremiah 33:5]
  • 10. ver. 25
  • 11. Jeremiah 1:1; Jeremiah 29:27; Joshua 21:18
  • 12. Leviticus 25:25; [Ruth 4:4]
  • 13. [See ver. 2 above]
  • 14. [See ver. 7 above]
  • 15. [See ver. 7 above]
  • 16. Genesis 23:16; Zechariah 11:12; [Matthew 26:15]
  • 17. ver. 44
  • 18. Esther 3:12
  • 19. ver. 25
  • 20. [See ver. 9 above]
  • 21. Jeremiah 36:4, 8, 10, 14, 26, 32; Jeremiah 43:3, 6; Jeremiah 45:1-3
  • 22. [Isaiah 8:2]
  • 23. [See ver. 2 above]
  • 24. [See ver. 12 above]
  • 25. ver. 43
  • 26. See ver. 12
  • 27. Isaiah 37:16
  • 28. See Jeremiah 21:5
  • 29. ver. 27; See Genesis 18:14
  • 30. Exodus 20:6; Exodus 34:7; Deuteronomy 5:9, 10
  • 31. Exodus 20:6; Exodus 34:7; Deuteronomy 5:9, 10
  • 32. [Psalms 79:12; Isaiah 65:6-7]
  • 33. Isaiah 9:6
  • 34. See Jeremiah 10:16
  • 35. Isaiah 28:29
  • 36. [Psalms 66:3, 5]
  • 37. See Jeremiah 16:17
  • 38. See Jeremiah 17:10
  • 39. Psalms 135:9
  • 40. 2 Samuel 7:23; See Nehemiah 9:10
  • 41. Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 4:34; 1 Chronicles 17:21
  • 42. See Jeremiah 21:5
  • 43. Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 4:34; 1 Chronicles 17:21
  • 44. Deuteronomy 26:15; See Exodus 3:8
  • 45. Deuteronomy 26:15; See Exodus 3:8
  • 46. Nehemiah 9:26, 27; See Jeremiah 11:8; Daniel 9:10-14
  • 47. Jeremiah 33:4; See Jeremiah 6:6
  • 48. ver. 36; See Jeremiah 14:12
  • 49. See ver. 3
  • 50. ver. 7
  • 51. ver. 10
  • 52. [See ver. 24 above]
  • 53. Numbers 16:22
  • 54. See Genesis 18:14
  • 55. ver. 3
  • 56. See Jeremiah 21:10
  • 57. See Jeremiah 19:13
  • 58. See Jeremiah 19:13
  • 59. See Jeremiah 7:18
  • 60. Jeremiah 3:25
  • 61. [See ver. 29 above]
  • 62. Jeremiah 25:6, 7
  • 63. 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Kings 24:3
  • 64. Jeremiah 2:26
  • 65. Jeremiah 2:27; [Ezekiel 8:16]; See Jeremiah 7:24
  • 66. See Jeremiah 25:3
  • 67. See Jeremiah 5:3
  • 68. See Jeremiah 7:30; Jeremiah 23:11
  • 69. Jeremiah 7:31; See Joshua 18:16
  • 70. Leviticus 18:21
  • 71. Jeremiah 7:31
  • 72. [See ver. 34 above]
  • 73. [1 Kings 16:19]
  • 74. See ver. 3
  • 75. See Jeremiah 23:3
  • 76. See Jeremiah 8:3
  • 77. Jeremiah 21:5; Deuteronomy 29:28
  • 78. Jeremiah 23:6; Jeremiah 33:16; Ezekiel 34:25
  • 79. See Jeremiah 30:22; Jeremiah 31:33
  • 80. Ezekiel 11:19, 20
  • 81. Deuteronomy 6:24
  • 82. Jeremiah 50:5; Psalms 89:34; Isaiah 55:3; Ezekiel 16:60
  • 83. See Jeremiah 31:33
  • 84. [Deuteronomy 28:63]
  • 85. See Jeremiah 24:6
  • 86. [Jeremiah 31:28]
  • 87. ver. 15
  • 88. Jeremiah 33:10
  • 89. See ver. 3
  • 90. ver. 10
  • 91. ver. 10
  • 92. ver. 10
  • 93. See Jeremiah 17:26
  • 94. See Jeremiah 17:26
  • 95. See Jeremiah 17:26
  • 96. See Jeremiah 17:26
  • 97. See Jeremiah 17:26
  • 98. See Jeremiah 30:3

Chapter Summary


This chapter contains an account of Jeremiah's imprisonment, and the cause of it; of his buying a field of his uncle's son, and the design of it; of his prayer to God, and of the answer returned to him. The time of his imprisonment, the place where, and the reasons of it, are observed in Jer 32:1-5; that his uncle's son would come and offer the sale of a field to him was told him by the Lord, which he did accordingly, Jer 32:6,7; of whom he bought the field, paid the money, had the purchase confirmed in a legal way, before witnesses, Jer 32:8-12; and the writings of it he committed to Baruch, to put in an earthen vessel, where they were to continue some time as a pledge of houses, fields, and vineyards, being possessed again after the captivity, Jer 32:13-15; then follows a prayer of his to the Lord, in which he addresses him as the Maker of all things; as the Lord God omnipotent; as a God of great grace and mercy, as well as strict justice; as a God of wisdom, counsel, and might, and an omniscient and righteous Being, Jer 32:16-19; and recounts the wonderful things he had done for the people of Israel, Jer 32:20-22; and observes the ingratitude and disobedience of that people, which were the cause of the present siege of the city, which should surely be delivered into the hands of the Chaldeans, Jer 32:23-25; to which prayer an answer is returned, Jer 32:26; in which the Lord describes himself as the God of all flesh, and as able to do what he pleases, Jer 32:27; and confirms the delivery of the city of Jerusalem unto the Chaldeans, Jer 32:28,29; and assigns the causes of it, the backslidings, disobedience, and dreadful idolatry of the people, Jer 32:30-35; and, notwithstanding, promises a restoration of them to their own land again, Jer 32:36,37; when an opportunity is taken to insert the covenant of grace, and the special articles and peculiar promises of it, for the comfort of the spiritual Israel of God, whether Jews or Gentiles, Jer 32:38-40; and the chapter is concluded with a fresh assurance of the return of the captivity, and of the punctual performance of the promise of it; when fields should be bought in every part of the land, in like manner as Jeremiah had bought his, Jer 32:41-44.

Jeremiah 32 Commentaries

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