Jeremiah 32

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Jeremiah Buys a Field

32 This is 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. The army of the king of Babylon was then besiegingJerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confined in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace of Judah.

Now Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him there, saying, “Why do you prophesy as you do? You say, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will capture it.Zedekiah king of Judah will not escape the Babylonians but will certainly be given into the hands of the king of Babylon, and will speak with him face to face and see him with his own eyes. He will take Zedekiah to Babylon, where he will remain until I deal with him, declares the Lord. If you fight against the Babylonians, you will not succeed.’”

Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me: Hanamel son of Shallum your uncle is going to come to you and say, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth, because as nearest relative it is your right and duty to buy it.’

“Then, just as the Lord had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.’

“I knew that this was the word of the Lord; so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. 10 I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales. 11 I took the deed of purchase—the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, as well as the unsealed copy— 12 and I gave this deed to Baruch son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed and of all the Jews sitting in the courtyard of the guard.

13 “In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions: 14 ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time. 15 For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.’

16 “After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord:

17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. 18 You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the parents’ sins into the laps of their children after them. Great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord Almighty, 19 great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve. 20 You performed signs and wonders in Egypt and have continued them to this day, in Israel and among all mankind, and have gained the renown that is still yours. 21 You brought your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and wonders, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror.22 You gave them this land you had sworn to give their ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey. 23 They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey you or follow your law; they did not do what you commanded them to do. So you brought all this disaster on them.

24 “See how the siege ramps are built up to take the city. Because of the sword, famine and plague, the city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians who are attacking it. What you said has happened, as you now see. 25 And though the city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians, you, Sovereign Lord, say to me, ‘Buy the field with silver and have the transaction witnessed.’”

26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? 28 Therefore this is what the Lord says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who will capture it. 29 The Babylonians who are attacking this city will come in and set it on fire; they will burn it down, along with the houses where the people aroused my anger by burning incense on the roofs to Baal and by pouring out drink offerings to other gods.

30 “The people of Israel and Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth; indeed, the people of Israel have done nothing but arouse my anger with what their hands have made, declares the Lord. 31 From the day it was built until now, this city has so aroused my anger and wrath that I must remove it from my sight. 32 The people of Israel and Judah have provoked me by all the evil they have done—they, their kings and officials,their priests and prophets, the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem. 33 They turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline.34 They set up their vile images in the house that bears my Name and defiledit. 35 They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molek, though I never commanded—nor did it enter my mind—that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.

36 “You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plague it will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon’; but this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 37 I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. 40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.

42 “This is what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them.43 Once more fields will be bought in this land of which you say, ‘It is a desolate waste, without people or animals, for it has been given into the hands of the Babylonians.’ 44 Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord.”

Go Deeper

This chapter takes place during the reign of Zedekiah (2 Kings 25) amid Babylon taking Judah captive and Jerusalem falling to the hands of Nebuchadnezzar.

Jeremiah, sitting in prison for speaking the truth that God had given him, received word that his cousin was coming to sell him the field and Jeremiah bought that field and had the deed signed, sealed, and delivered to many witnesses where it was put into a vessel for safe keeping. This was God telling Jeremiah and the exiles that even though Judah was falling to Babylon, there was still hope. The Lord says, “Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land” (v. 15). 

In this chapter, we see Jeremiah prays for understanding. Derek Kidner (a British Old Testament scholar) in his commentary says this of Jeremiah’s prayer in this chapter: 

“It is a fine example of the way to pray in a desperate situation: concentrating first on the creative power (v. 17) and perfect fidelity and justice (v. 18-19) of God; remembering next his great redemptive acts (v. 20-23a; to which the Christian can now add the greatest of them all)—and then with this background, laying before God the guilt of the past (v. 23b), the hard facts of the present (v. 24) and the riddle of the future (v. 25).” 

He recounts the story of redemptive history up until that point. He reminds himself and us today that God delivered the people from slavery in Egypt and gave them the land flowing with milk and honey. The people didn’t worship the Lord and willfully neglected His laws and disobeyed His voice. He lays before God the situation they are now facing and then brings in the question of what will happen next. 

How often do we forget that God has freed us from slavery to sin–that He rescued us from the depravity of our world and decisions and now we can walk in the newness of life with Him? Oftentimes we forget these truths and walk in disobedience to God. We forget that He has an inheritance for us in the kingdom, so we try to build our own here. 

Let’s remind ourselves that the God who delivered Israel from slavery to Egypt rescued us from slavery to sin. That Christ came into the world to save sinners and destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). That whatever confusion we are facing today we can bring before the Father, whether we are full of faith or full of doubt and He will give us rest for our souls (Matthew 11:28). 


  1. Remind yourself the truths of God that He rescued you by the blood of Christ from sin (Romans 6:23). 

  2. In what ways are you walking in disobedience to God like the people of Judah? Ask your Life Group to point out anything they may see in you that doesn’t live up to the glory of God.

  3. What confusion or worry is in your life today? What do you need to lay before the Father in prayer?

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6 thoughts on “Jeremiah 32”

  1. Observations:
    •In the midst of chaos Jeremiah lived in close fellowship with the Father, so that he could discern the voice of God above all the noise.
    (May we do the same.)
    •He completely obeyed God’s instructions even when they made no sense from a human standpoint.
    (It is always best to follow God’s plan, rather than our hearts.)
    •He earnestly prayed to and put his trust in God proclaiming his attributes and mighty works.
    (It is always right to pray and remind ourselves of the goodness of God.)
    •He faithfully delivered God’s message, because he knew it would come to pass.
    (We can fully trust that God will fulfill every last word and promise he makes.)

  2. 5 “If you fight against the Babylonians, you will not succeed.’”

    Surrender to the enemy? Really? Seems counterintuitive to everything that I’ve ever been taught! But I know God’s Word has insight and application for me today in 2024!

  3. We/I live in a world of anticipation. We/I try so hard to make things happen that WE think are the best or good. God says this is not good for you/me. He knows the plans He has for us. We need to figure out how to wait and BE STILL!! Truly, beside all that, this is NOT our home, why oh why do we try to make all these things “idols” when we will not take them with us or will we desire those things when we are HOME with God. God is so so good and has given His Son so that our ‘sins’ were paid for, so that He can be our Father, so that we can come to Him at any time, or place without having to wait on the sacrifice time like Jeremiah. I love Jeremiah’s prayer. The words of this world are not enough to give Him glory, honor and thanksgiving. There are not enough adjectives to encompass His Holiness!!!
    BE STILL, WAIT, LISTEN, this is not your home!!!! WOOHOO!!!!

    God You made the heavens and this earth by Your power and outstretched hand. Nothing, not NO THING is to hard for You!! You show me Your love. You are a great and mighty God whose name is the Lord Almighty. Great are Your purposes and mighty are Your deeds towards me!!! You see all mankind and give rewards accordingly to me. You perform signs and wonders before and now to this day. God thank You for doing so great wonders. Thank You for showing me a couple of days ago Your majesty through an eclipse of the sun, what awe and magnificently wonderous was that display of You. Thank You for loving me today in these minutes of this day. Thank You for directing my path and giving me Your words to encourage others in these minutes today, in Jesus name amen.

  4. “In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions: ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time. For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.’ Jeremiah 32:13-15

    When we were in Israel, our guide said that every time a new king was discovered through manuscripts or etched in stone at some new archeological dig – that king is recorded nowhere…except the Bible! Pretty amazing that the accurate historicity of the Bible continues to be proven to have integrity through these archeological finds.

    Wouldn’t it be AMAZING if some day, archeologists found the deed to Jeremiah’s purchase in the clay jar – just as they did the dead sea scrolls in 1948?!?!?

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