Jeremiah 32

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;
20 who has 37set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and even to this day both in Israel and among mankind; and You have 38made a name for Yourself, as at this day.
21 'You 39brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and with wonders, and with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with great terror;
22 and gave them this land, which You 40swore to their forefathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey.
23 'They 41came in and took possession of it, but they 42did not obey Your voice or 43walk in Your law; they have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do; therefore You have made 44all this calamity come upon them.
24 'Behold, the 45siege ramps have reached the city to take it; and the city is 46given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because * of the 47sword, the famine and the pestilence; and what You have spoken has 48come to pass; and behold, You see it.
25 'You have said to me, O Lord GOD, "Buy for yourself the field with money and call in witnesses "-although the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.' "
26 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,
27 "Behold, I am the LORD, the 49God of all flesh; is anything * 50too difficult for Me?"
28 Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am about to 51give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will take it.
29 "The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city will enter and 52set this city on fire and burn it, with the 53houses where people have offered incense to Baal on their roofs and poured out drink offerings to other gods to provoke Me to anger.
30 "Indeed the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah have been doing only 54evil in My sight from their youth; for the sons of Israel have been only 55provoking Me to anger by the work of their hands," declares the LORD.
31 "Indeed this city has been to Me a 56provocation of My anger and My wrath from the day that they built it, even to this day, so that it should be 57removed from before My face,
32 because of all the evil of the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah which they have done to provoke Me to anger -they, their 58kings, their leaders, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
33 "They have turned their back to Me and not their face; though I taught them, 59teaching again and again, they would not listen and receive instruction.
34 "But they 60put their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile it.
35 "They built the 61high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom * to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to 62Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
36 "Now therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning this city of which you say, 'It is 63given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine and by pestilence.'
37 "Behold, I will 64gather them out of all the lands to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath and in great indignation; and I will bring them back to this place and 65make them dwell in safety.
38 "They shall be 66My people, and I will be their God;
39 and I will 67give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always *, for their own 68good and for the good of their children after them.
40 "I will make an 69everlasting covenant with them that I will 70not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will 71put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.
41 "I will 72rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully 73plant them in this land with 74all My heart and with all My soul.
42 "For thus says the LORD, '75Just as I brought all this great disaster on this people, so I am going to 76bring on them all the good that I am promising them.
43 '77Fields will be bought in this land of which you say, "78It is a desolation, without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans."
44 'Men will buy fields for money, 79sign and seal deeds, and call in witnesses in the 80land of Benjamin, in the environs of Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland and in the cities of the Negev; for I will 81restore 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 81

  • 1. 2 Kings 25:1, 2; Jeremiah 39:1, 2
  • 2. Nehemiah 3:25; Jeremiah 33:1; Jeremiah 37:21; Jeremiah 38:6; Jeremiah 39:14
  • 3. 2 Kings 6:32
  • 4. Jeremiah 26:8, 9
  • 5. Jeremiah 21:3-7; Jeremiah 34:2, 3
  • 6. Jeremiah 21:4-7; Jeremiah 32:28, 29; Jeremiah 34:2, 3
  • 7. 2 Kings 25:4-7; Jeremiah 37:17; Jeremiah 38:18, 23; Jeremiah 39:4-7
  • 8. Jeremiah 39:5
  • 9. Jeremiah 27:22; Jeremiah 39:7; Ezekiel 12:12, 13
  • 10. Ezek 17:9, 10, 15
  • 11. Jeremiah 1:1; Jeremiah 11:21
  • 12. Leviticus 25:25; Ruth 4:3, 4
  • 13. Jeremiah 32:2; Jeremiah 33:1
  • 14. Jeremiah 1:1; Jeremiah 32:7
  • 15. 1 Samuel 9:16, 17; 1 Samuel 10:3-7; 1 Kings 22:25; Jeremiah 32:25
  • 16. Genesis 23:16; Zechariah 11:12
  • 17. Genesis 24:22; Exodus 21:32; Nehemiah 5:15; Ezekiel 4:10
  • 18. Isaiah 44:5; Jeremiah 32:44
  • 19. Deuteronomy 32:34; Job 14:17
  • 20. Ruth 4:1, 9; Isaiah 8:2
  • 21. Luke 2:27
  • 22. Jeremiah 32:16; Jeremiah 36:4, 5, 32; Jeremiah 43:3; Jeremiah 45:1
  • 23. Jeremiah 51:59
  • 24. Jeremiah 30:18; Jeremiah 31:5, 12, 24; Jeremiah 32:37, 43, 44; Jeremiah 33:12, 13; Amos 9:14, 15; Zechariah 3:10
  • 25. Genesis 32:9-12; Jeremiah 12:1; Philippians 4:6, 7
  • 26. Jeremiah 1:6; Jeremiah 4:10
  • 27. 2 Kings 19:15; Psalms 102:25; Isaiah 40:26-29; Jeremiah 27:5
  • 28. Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:27; Zechariah 8:6; Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27; Luke 1:37; Luke 18:27
  • 29. Exodus 20:6; Exodus 34:6, 7; Deuteronomy 5:9, 10; Deuteronomy 7:9, 10
  • 30. 1 Kings 14:9, 10; 1 Kings 16:1-3; Matthew 23:32-36
  • 31. Psalms 145:3
  • 32. Psalms 50:1; Isaiah 9:6; Jeremiah 20:11
  • 33. Jeremiah 10:16; Jeremiah 31:35
  • 34. Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 28:29
  • 35. Job 34:21; Jeremiah 23:24
  • 36. Psalms 62:12; Jeremiah 17:10; Jeremiah 21:14; Matthew 16:27; John 5:29
  • 37. Psalms 78:43; Psalms 105:27
  • 38. Exodus 9:16; Isaiah 63:12, 14; Daniel 9:15
  • 39. Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 4:34; Deuteronomy 7:19; Deuteronomy 26:8; 2 Samuel 7:23; 1 Chronicles 17:21; Psalms 136:11
  • 40. Exodus 3:8, 17; Exodus 13:5; Deuteronomy 1:8; Psalms 105:9-11; Jeremiah 11:5
  • 41. Psalms 44:2, 3; Psalms 78:54, 55; Jeremiah 2:7
  • 42. Nehemiah 9:26; Jeremiah 11:8; Daniel 9:10-14
  • 43. Ezra 9:7; Jeremiah 26:4; Jeremiah 44:10
  • 44. Lamentations 1:18; Daniel 9:11, 12
  • 45. Jeremiah 33:4; Ezekiel 21:22
  • 46. Jeremiah 20:5; Jeremiah 21:4-7; Jeremiah 32:5
  • 47. Jeremiah 14:12; Jeremiah 29:17, 18; Jeremiah 32:36; Jeremiah 34:17; Ezekiel 14:21
  • 48. Deuteronomy 4:26; Joshua 23:15, 16; Zechariah 1:6
  • 49. Numbers 16:22; Numbers 27:16
  • 50. Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26
  • 51. 2 Kings 25:11; 2 Chronicles 36:17-21; Jeremiah 19:7-12; Jeremiah 32:3, 24, 36; Jeremiah 34:2, 3
  • 52. 2 Chronicles 36:19; Jeremiah 21:10; Jeremiah 37:8, 10; Jeremiah 39:8
  • 53. Jeremiah 19:13; Jeremiah 44:17-19, 25; Jeremiah 52:13
  • 54. Deuteronomy 9:7-12; Isaiah 63:10; Jeremiah 2:7; Jeremiah 7:22-26
  • 55. Jeremiah 8:19; Jeremiah 11:17; Jeremiah 25:7
  • 56. 1 Kings 11:7, 8; 2 Kin 21:4-7, 16; Jeremiah 5:9-11; Jeremiah 6:6, 7; Matthew 23:37
  • 57. 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Kings 24:3, 4; Jeremiah 27:10
  • 58. Ezra 9:7; Is 1:4-6, 23; Jeremiah 2:26; Jeremiah 44:17, 21; Daniel 9:8
  • 59. 2 Chronicles 36:15, 16; Jeremiah 7:13; Jeremiah 25:3; Jeremiah 26:5; Jeremiah 35:15; John 8:2
  • 60. 2 Kings 21:1-7; Jeremiah 7:30; Jeremiah 19:4-6; Ezekiel 8:5
  • 61. 2 Chronicles 28:2, 3; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Jeremiah 7:31; Jeremiah 19:5
  • 62. Leviticus 18:21; Leviticus 20:2-5; 1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 23:10; Acts 7:43
  • 63. Jeremiah 32:24
  • 64. Deuteronomy 30:3; Psalms 106:47; Isaiah 11:11-16; Jeremiah 16:14, 15; Jeremiah 23:3, 8; Ezekiel 11:17; Hosea 1:11; Amos 9:14, 15
  • 65. Jeremiah 23:6; Ezekiel 34:25, 28; Zechariah 14:11
  • 66. Jeremiah 24:7
  • 67. 2 Chronicles 30:12; Jeremiah 31:33; Ezekiel 11:19; John 17:21; Acts 4:32
  • 68. Deuteronomy 11:18-21; Ezekiel 37:25
  • 69. Isaiah 55:3; Jeremiah 31:33, 34; Jeremiah 50:5; Ezekiel 37:26
  • 70. Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Ezekiel 39:29
  • 71. Jeremiah 24:7; Jeremiah 31:33
  • 72. Deuteronomy 30:9; Isaiah 62:5; Isaiah 65:19
  • 73. Jeremiah 24:6; Jeremiah 31:28; Amos 9:15
  • 74. Hosea 2:19, 20
  • 75. Jeremiah 31:28; Zechariah 8:14, 15
  • 76. Jeremiah 33:14
  • 77. Jeremiah 32:15, 25; Ezekiel 37:11-14
  • 78. Jeremiah 33:10
  • 79. Jeremiah 32:10
  • 80. Jeremiah 17:26; Jeremiah 33:13
  • 81. Jeremiah 31:23; Jeremiah 33:7, 11, 26

Footnotes 12

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