|Jeremiah 32 |
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar.
2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house.
3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, "Because you prophesied, and said, 'Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.
4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes;
5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he remain until I visit him,' says the Lord: 'though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed.'"
6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
7 "Behold, Hanameel, the son of Shallum your uncle, shall come to you saying, 'Buy my field that is in Anathoth for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.'"
8 So Hanameel, my uncle's son, came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said to me, "Buy my field, I pray you, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption is yours; buy it for yourself." Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.
10 And I wrote the evidence [of my right], and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.
11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both what was sealed according to the law and custom, and what was open.
12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel, my uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses who wrote in the book of the purchase before all the Jews who sat in the court of the prison.
13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying,
14 "Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these records and this evidence of the purchase, both of which are sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may be preserved for many days."
15 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: "Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land."
16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD, saying,
17 "Ah Lord GOD! behold, you have made the heaven and the earth by your great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for you.
18 You show loving kindness to thousands, and recompense the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them. The Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is your name.
19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work for your eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men to give everyone according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings;
20 By which have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even to this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and have made yourself a name, as at this day.
21 You have brought forth your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror;
22 And have given them this land, which you swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey.
23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they did not obey your voice, neither did they walk in your law; they have done nothing of all that you commanded them to do. Therefore you have caused all this evil to come upon them.
24 Behold the siege ramps are high and ready; they have come to the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, who fight against it. The sword, famine, pestilence, and what you have spoken have come to pass; and, behold, you see it.
25 And O Lord GOD you have said to me, 'Buy the field for money, and take witnesses for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.'"
26 Then came the word of the LORD to Jeremiah, saying:
27 "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for me?
28 Therefore thus says the Lord: Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and he shall conquer it.
29 And the Chaldeans who fight against this city will come and set fire on this city and burn it along with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense to Baal, and poured out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger.
30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth; and the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands," says the Lord.
31 "For this city has been to me as a provocation of my anger and of my fury from the day that they built it, even to this day; so that I should remove it from before my face,
32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger; they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
33 They have turned their back to me, and not their face. Although I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened or heeded to receive instruction.
34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.
35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech; which I did not command them to do, neither was it ever in my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
36 "And now therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city, of which you say, 'It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.'
37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, where I have driven them in my anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely.
38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children after them.
40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, which I will not turn away from them to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, so that they shall not depart from me.
41 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul."
42 For thus says the Lord: As I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.
43 And fields shall be bought in this land, of which you say: 'It is desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.'
44 Men shall buy fields for money, and provide written evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, in the places about Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south for I will cause them to return from captivity," says the Lord.
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