1 The Word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of
Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar.
2 For then the army of the king of Babylon besieged Jerusalem. And Jeremiah the
prophet was shut in the court of the guard, which was in the house of the king of Judah.
3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Why do you prophesy and say,
Thus says Jehovah, 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 be given over and 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 into Babylon, and there he shall be until I visit him, says
Jehovah; though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed.
6 And Jeremiah said, The Word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
7 Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle shall come to you, saying, Buy for
yourself my field in Anathoth; for the right of redemption is yours, to buy it.
8 So Hanamel my uncle's son came to me in the court of the guard according to the
Word of Jehovah and said to me, Please buy my field in Anathoth, which is in the land
of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the right of redemption is yours.
Buy it for yourself. Then I knew that this was the Word of Jehovah.
9 And I bought the field in Anathoth, from Hanamel my uncle's son, and weighed him
the money, seventeen shekels of silver.
10 And I wrote it in the document, and sealed it, and called witnesses, and weighed the
silver in the scales.
11 So I took the document of the purchase, that which was sealed according to the law
and custom, and the open copy.
12 And I gave the document of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the eyes of Hanamel my uncle's son, and in the eyes of the witnesses who wrote in the purchase document, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the guard.
13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying,
14 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel: Take these documents, the purchase
document, the one sealed and the open document, and put them in an earthen vessel so
that they may survive many days.
15 For thus says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards
shall be acquired again in this land.
16 And after I gave the purchase document to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to
17 Ah, Lord Jehovah! You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power
and outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You.
18 You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their sons after them. The great, the strong and Mighty God, Jehovah of Hosts, is His name,
19 great in counsel and mighty in work; for Your eyes are open to all the ways of the
sons of men, to give every one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his
20 For You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even to this day, and in Israel and among men; and have made Yourself a name, as it is this day;
21 and have brought forth 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 You 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 have not obeyed Your voice, nor walked
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 mounds have come to the city to take it; and the city has been given
into the hands of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword, the famine,
and the pestilence. And what You have spoken has happened; and behold, there You see
25 And You have said to me, O Lord Jehovah, Buy the field for money, and take
witnesses; yet the city has been given into the hands of the Chaldeans.
26 Then the Word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah, saying,
27 Behold, I am Jehovah the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
28 Therefore thus says Jehovah: Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the
Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it.
29 And the Chaldeans who fight against this city shall come and set this city on fire, and
burn it, with the houses on 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 done only evil before Me
from their youth. For the children of Israel have only provoked Me to anger with the
work of their hands, says Jehovah.
31 For this city has been to Me a provocation of My anger and of My fury from the day
that they built it, even to this day; 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 rulers, their priests, and
their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
33 And they have turned the back to Me, and not the face; though I taught them, rising
up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened 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, 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, nor did it even enter My mind that they should do this abomination, to
cause Judah to sin.
36 And now therefore, thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, concerning this city of
which you say, It is given 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 the lands where I have driven them in My anger,
and in My fury, and in great wrath. And I will bring them back 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 their
good and for the good of their children after them.
40 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
41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will truly plant them in this land,
with all My heart and all My soul.
42 For thus says Jehovah: Just as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so I
will 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 has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.
44 Men shall buy fields for money, and write it in a document, and seal it, and take
witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places around 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 captives to return, says Jehovah.