32:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the a
tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which [was] the
eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar.
(a) So that Jeremiah had now prophesied from the thirteenth
year of Josiah to the last year save one of Zedekiah's
reign, which was almost forty years.
32:5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he
be until b I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight
with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper.
(b) Till I take Zedekiah away by death: for he will not die
by the sword as in (Jer 34:4).
32:7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thy uncle shall come to
thee, saying, c Buy for thee my field that [is] in
Anathoth: for the right of redemption [is] thine d to buy
(c) By which was meant that the people would return again
out of captivity and enjoy their possessions and
vineyards as in (Jer 32:15,44).
(d) Because he was next of the kindred, as in (Ru 4:4).
32:8 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 e 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
(e) Of the possession of the Levites, read (Le 25:32).
32:9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that
[was] in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, [even]
seventeen f shekels of silver.
(f) Which amounts to about ten shillings six pence in our
money if this shekel were the common shekel, (see
Geneva "Ge 23:15"), for the shekel of the temple
was of double value, and ten pieces of silver were
half a shekel, for twenty made the shekel.
32:11 So I took the deed of the purchase, [both] that which was
sealed g [according] to the law and custom, and that
which was open:
(g) According to the custom the instrument or evidence was
sealed up with the common seal and a copy of it
remained which contained the same in effect but was
left open to be seen if anything should be called into
32:14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take
these deeds, this deed of the purchase, both that which is
sealed, and this deed which is open; and put them in an
earthen h vessel, that they may continue many days.
(h) And so to hide them in the ground, that they might be
reserved as a token of their deliverance.
32:18 Thou shewest lovingkindness to thousands, and recompensest
the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their i
children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, JEHOVAH of
hosts, [is] his name,
(i) Because the wicked are subject to the curse of God, he
shows that their posterity who by nature are under
this malediction will be punished both for their own
wickedness and that the iniquity of their fathers
which is likewise in them, will be also avenged on
32:20k Who hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt,
[even] to this day, and in Israel, and among [other] men;
and hast made thee a name, as at this day;
(k) Meaning that his miracles in delivering his people
would never be forgotten.
32:24 Behold the l mounts, they are come to 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].
(l) The word signifies anything that is cast up, as a
mount or rampart, and is also used for engines of war,
which were laid on a high place to shoot into a city
before guns were in use.
32:27 Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all m flesh: is
there any thing too hard for me?
(m) That is, of every creature: who as they are his work,
so does he govern and guide them as pleases him, by
which he shows that as he is the author of their
captivity for their sins, so will he for his mercies
be their redeemer to restore them again to liberty.
32:30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have
done evil only before me from their n youth: for the
children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the
work of their hands, saith the LORD.
(n) From the time that I brought them out of Egypt and
made them my people and called them my firstborn.
32:33 And they have turned to me the back, and not the face:
though I taught them, o rising early and teaching
[them], yet they have not hearkened to receive
32:35 And they built the high p places of Baal, which [are] in
the valley of the q son of Hinnom, to cause their sons
and their daughters to r pass through [the fire] to
Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into
my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause
Judah to sin.
32:36 And now s therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of
Israel, concerning this city, of which 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;
32:44 Men shall buy x fields for money, and signed deeds, 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 captives to return, saith the LORD.
(x) This is the declaration of that which was spoken of in