The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of
Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.
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
For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy,
and say, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king
of Babylon, and he shall take it;
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;
And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him,
saith the LORD: though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper.
And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee saying, Buy
thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.
So Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according
to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in
Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine,
and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of
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.
And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him
the money in the balances.
So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the
law and custom, and that which was open:
And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of
Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle’s son, and in the presence of the
witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the
court of the prison.
And I charged Baruch before them, saying,
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this
evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and
put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.
For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and
vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of
Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying,
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and
stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the
fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the
LORD of hosts, is his name,
Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of
the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of
Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in
Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;
And hast brought forth thy 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
And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give
them, a land flowing with milk and honey;
And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked
in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore
thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them:
Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given
into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the
famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold,
thou seest it.
And thou hast said unto me, O Lord GOD, Buy thee the field for money, and take
witnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.
Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the
Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take
And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this
city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto
Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger.
For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me
from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the
work of their hands, saith the LORD.
For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from
the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my
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
And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them,
rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive
But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile
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 unto Molech;
which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this
abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city,
whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the
sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence;
Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine
anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place,
and I will cause them to dwell safely:
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for
the good of them, and of their children after them:
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from
them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not
depart from me.
Yea, 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.
For thus saith the LORD; Like 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.
And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without man
or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.
Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take
witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities
of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in
the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the