Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

God can do a new thing! He told Jeremiah that He would make a new covenant in the future that would far surpass the old one. Today we are living under that new covenant. God has put His law in our minds and written it on our hearts. He has forgiven our wickedness and will remember our sins no more (Jeremiah 31:34).

At a time when the nation of Israel was being invaded, God directed Jeremiah to buy a piece of property. Jeremiah purchased the land, placed the deed in a jar, and buried it. The Lord promised that once again Israel would return to the land, and the deed would then be worth something. Jeremiah responded to the Lord and to this incredible promise by saying, "Nothing is too hard for you!" (Jeremiah 32:17). God agreed with this assessment, saying, "I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?" (v. 27).

Have you lost all hope? God can and will do the impossible. If He can forgive your sins forever, He can fix your problems right now. Place your confidence in His strong covenant. Absolutely nothing is too difficult for God!

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44

27 “The days are coming,”S Jer 16:14 declares the Lord, “when I will plantHos 2:23 the kingdoms of Israel and Judah with the offspring of people and of animals.28 Just as I watchedS Job 29:2 over them to uprootS Dt 29:28 and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster,S Jer 18:8 so I will watch over them to build and to plant,”S Dt 28:63; S 30:9; S Jer 1:10; Eze 36:10-11; Am 9:14 declares the Lord.29 “In those days people will no longer say,

‘The parentsS Ge 9:25; Dt 24:16; La 5:7 have eaten sour grapes,

and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’Eze 18:2

30 Instead, everyone will die for their own sin;S 2Ki 14:6; S Isa 3:11; Gal 6:7 whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge.

31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,

“when I will make a new covenantS Dt 29:14; S Isa 42:6; S 54:10; S Lk 22:20; Heb 8:8-12*; 10:16-17

with the people of Israel

and with the people of Judah.

32 It will not be like the covenantS Ex 24:8

I made with their ancestorsDt 5:3

when I took them by the hand

to lead them out of Egypt,Jer 11:4

because they broke my covenant,

though I was a husbandS Isa 54:5 toHebrew; Septuagint and Syriac / and I turned away from them,Or was their master

declares the Lord.

33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel

after that time,” declares the Lord.

“I will put my law in their mindsS Ex 4:15

and write it on their hearts.S Dt 6:6; S 2Co 3:3

I will be their God,

and they will be my people.S Jer 11:4; Heb 10:16

34 No longer will they teach1Jn 2:27 their neighbor,

or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’

because they will all knowS Isa 11:9; S Jn 6:45 me,

from the least of them to the greatest,”

declares the Lord.

“For I will forgivePs 85:2; 130:4; Jer 33:8; 50:20 their wickedness

and will remember their sinsS Job 7:21; S Isa 38:17; Mic 7:19; Heb 10:17* no more.”

35 This is what the Lord says,

he who appointsPs 136:7-9 the sun

to shine by day,

who decrees the moon and stars

to shine by night,S Ge 1:16

who stirs up the seaS Ex 14:21

so that its waves roarS Ps 93:3

the Lord Almighty is his name:S Jer 10:16

36 “Only if these decreesS Job 38:33; Jer 33:20-26 vanish from my sight,”

declares the Lord,

“will IsraelPs 89:36-37 ever cease

being a nation before me.”

37 This is what the Lord says:

“Only if the heavens above can be measuredS Job 38:5; Jer 33:22

and the foundations of the earth below be searched out

will I rejectJer 33:24-26; Ro 11:1-5 all the descendants of Israel

because of all they have done,”

declares the Lord.

38 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when this city will be rebuiltS Jer 30:18 for me from the Tower of HananelS Ne 3:1 to the Corner Gate.S 2Ki 14:13; S 2Ch 25:2339 The measuring lineS 1Ki 7:23 will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah.40 The whole valleyS Jer 2:23; 7:31-32 where dead bodiesS Jer 8:2 and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron ValleyS 2Sa 15:23; Jn 18:1 on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate,S 2Ki 11:16 will be holyS Isa 4:3; Joel 3:17; Zec 14:21 to the Lord. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished.”

Jeremiah Buys a Field

32 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth2Ki 25:1 year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenthJer 25:1 year of Nebuchadnezzar.The army of the king of Babylon was then besiegingS 2Ki 25:1 Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confinedS Ps 88:8 in the courtyard of the guardS Ne 3:25 in the royal palace of Judah.

Now Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him there, saying, “Why do you prophesyJer 26:8-9 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 capturever 28; Jer 21:4; 34:2-3 it.ZedekiahJer 34:21; 44:30 king of Judah will not escapeS Jer 21:7; 38:18, 23; 39:5-7; 52:9 the BabyloniansOr Chaldeans; also in verses 5, 24, 25, 28, 29 and 43ver 24 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 takeJer 39:7; Eze 12:13 Zedekiah to Babylon, where he will remain until I deal with him,S 2Ki 25:7 declares the Lord. If you fight against the Babylonians, you will not succeed.’”Jer 21:4; La 1:14

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,S Jos 21:18 because as nearest relative it is your right and dutyLev 25:24-25; S Ru 4:3-4; Mt 27:10* 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 fieldver 25 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 fieldJer 37:12 at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekelsThat is, about 7 ounces or about 200 grams of silver.S Ge 23:1610 I signed and sealed the deed,Ge 23:20 had it witnessed,S Ru 4:9; S Isa 8:2 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 Baruchver 16; Jer 36:4; 43:3, 6; 45:1 son of Neriah,Jer 51:59 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 sealedS Isa 8:16 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.’ver 43-44; Isa 44:26; Jer 30:18; Eze 28:26; Am 9:14-15

16 “After I had given the deed of purchase to BaruchS ver 12 son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord:

17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord,Jer 1:6 you have made the heavens and the earthS Ge 1:1; S Jer 10:16 by your great power and outstretched arm.S Dt 9:29; 2Ki 19:15; Ps 102:25 Nothing is too hardS 2Ki 3:18; Jer 51:15; S Mt 19:26 for you.18 You show loveS Dt 5:10 to thousands but bring the punishment for the parents’ sins into the lapsS Ps 79:12 of their childrenS Ex 20:5; S Ps 109:14 after them. Great and mighty God,Jer 10:6 whose name is the Lord Almighty,S Jer 10:1619 great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds.S Job 12:13; Da 2:20 Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind;S Job 14:16; S Pr 5:21; Jer 16:17 you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.S Job 34:11; S Mt 16:2720 You performed signs and wondersS Ex 3:20; S Job 9:10 in EgyptEx 9:16 and have continued them to this day, in Israel and among all mankind, and have gained the renownS Isa 55:13; S Jer 13:11 that is still yours.21 You brought your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and wonders, by a mighty handS Ex 6:6; Da 9:15 and an outstretched armS Dt 5:15; S Jer 6:12 and with great terror.S Dt 26:822 You gave them this land you had sworn to give their ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey.S Ex 3:8; Eze 20:623 They came in and took possessionS Ps 44:2; 78:54-55 of it, but they did not obey you or follow your law;S Ex 16:28; S Jos 1:7; S 1Ki 9:6; S Jer 11:8 they did not do what you commanded them to do. So you brought all this disasterS Dt 28:64; 31:29; Da 9:14 on them.

24 “See how the siege rampsS 2Sa 20:15; S Jer 6:6 are built up to take the city. Because of the sword, famine and plague,S Jer 14:12 the city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians who are attacking it. What you saidDt 4:25-26; Jos 23:15-16 has happened,S Dt 28:2 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 fieldS ver 8 with silver and have the transaction witnessed.S Isa 8:2’”

26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.S Nu 16:22 Is anything too hard for me?S Ge 18:14; S 2Ki 3:1828 Therefore this is what the Lord says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the Babylonians and to NebuchadnezzarS 2Ch 36:17 king of Babylon, who will capture it.S ver 3; S Jer 21:1029 The Babylonians who are attacking this city will come in and set it on fire; they will burn it down,S 2Ch 36:19 along with the housesS Jer 19:13 where the people aroused my anger by burning incense on the roofs to Baal and by pouring out drink offeringsJer 44:18 to other gods.S Jer 7:9

30 “The people of Israel and Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth;S Ps 25:7; S Jer 22:21 indeed, the people of Israel have done nothing but arouse my angerJer 8:19 with what their hands have made,Jer 25:7 declares the Lord.31 From the day it was built until now, this city1Ki 11:7-8; 2Ki 21:4-5; Mt 23:37 has so aroused my anger and wrath that I must removeS 2Ki 23:27 it from my sight.32 The people of Israel and Judah have provokedS 1Ki 14:9 me by all the evilDa 9:8 they have done—they, their kings and officials,S Jer 2:26; S 44:9 their priests and prophets, the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem.33 They turned their backsS 1Ki 14:9; S Ps 14:3; Jer 2:27; Eze 8:16; Zec 7:11 to me and not their faces; though I taughtS Dt 4:5; S Isa 28:9; S Jer 7:13 them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline.S Jer 7:2834 They set up their vile imagesS 2Ki 21:4; Eze 8:3-16 in the house that bears my NameJer 7:10; 34:15 and defiledS Jer 7:30 it.35 They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben HinnomJer 19:2 to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molek,S Lev 18:21 though I never commanded—nor did it enter my mindS Jer 19:5—that they should do such a detestableS 1Ki 14:24 thing and so make Judah sin.S Jer 25:7

36 “You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plaguever 24 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 gatherS Isa 11:12 them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious angerJer 21:5 and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety.S Lev 25:18; Eze 34:28; 39:2638 They will be my people,Jer 24:7; 2Co 6:16* and I will be their God.39 I will give them singlenessS 2Ch 30:12; S Ps 86:11; Jn 17:21; Ac 4:32 of heart and action, so that they will always fearS Dt 6:24; S 10:16 me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them.40 I will make an everlasting covenantS Ge 9:16; S Isa 42:6 with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspireS Dt 4:10 them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.S Jer 24:741 I will rejoiceS Dt 28:63; S Isa 62:4 in doing them goodS Dt 28:3-12 and will assuredly plantJer 24:6; 31:28 them in this land with all my heart and soul.Mic 7:18

42 “This is what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great calamityLa 3:38 on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promisedS Jer 29:10 them.43 Once more fields will be boughtver 15 in this land of which you say, ‘It is a desolateJer 33:12 waste, without people or animals, for it has been given into the hands of the Babylonians.’44 Fields will be bought for silver, and deedsver 10 will be signed, sealed and witnessedS Ru 4:9; S Isa 8:2 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,S Jer 17:26 because I will restoreS Ezr 9:9; Ps 14:7 their fortunes,Or will bring them back from captivity declares the Lord.”

27 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will greatly increase the human population and the number of animals here in Israel and Judah.28 In the past I deliberately uprooted and tore down this nation. I overthrew it, destroyed it, and brought disaster upon it. But in the future I will just as deliberately plant it and build it up. I, the Lord, have spoken!

29 “The people will no longer quote this proverb:

‘The parents have eaten sour grapes,

but their children’s mouths pucker at the taste.’

30 All people will die for their own sins—those who eat the sour grapes will be the ones whose mouths will pucker.

31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord.

33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

35 It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day

and the moon and stars to light the night,

and who stirs the sea into roaring waves.

His name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

and this is what he says:

36 “I am as likely to reject my people Israel

as I am to abolish the laws of nature!”

37 This is what the Lord says:

“Just as the heavens cannot be measured

and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored,

so I will not consider casting them away

for the evil they have done.

I, the Lord, have spoken!

38 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when all Jerusalem will be rebuilt for me, from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.39 A measuring line will be stretched out over the hill of Gareb and across to Goah.40 And the entire area—including the graveyard and ash dump in the valley, and all the fields out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the Horse Gate—will be holy to the Lord. The city will never again be captured or destroyed.”

Jeremiah’s Land Purchase

32 The following message came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of the reign of Zedekiah,The tenth year of Zedekiah’s reign and the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign was 587 B.c. king of Judah. This was also the eighteenth year of the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar.Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; also in 32:28.Jerusalem was then under siege from the Babylonian army, and Jeremiah was imprisoned in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace.King Zedekiah had put him there, asking why he kept giving this prophecy: “This is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will take it.King Zedekiah will be captured by the BabyloniansOr Chaldeans; also in 32:5, 24, 25, 28, 29, 43. and taken to meet the king of Babylon face to face.He will take Zedekiah to Babylon, and I will deal with him there,’ says the Lord. ‘If you fight against the Babylonians, you will never succeed.’”

At that time the Lord sent me a message. He said,“Your cousin Hanamel son of Shallum will come and say to you, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth. By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else.’”

Then, just as the Lord had said he would, my cousin Hanamel came and visited me in the prison. He said, “Please buy my field at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else, so buy it for yourself.” Then I knew that the message I had heard was from the Lord.

So I bought the field at Anathoth, paying Hanamel seventeen piecesHebrew 17 shekels, about 7 ounces or 194 grams in weight. of silver for it.10 I signed and sealed the deed of purchase before witnesses, weighed out the silver, and paid him.11 Then I took the sealed deed and an unsealed copy of the deed, which contained the terms and conditions of the purchase,12 and I handed them to Baruch son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah. I did all this in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, the witnesses who had signed the deed, and all the men of Judah who were there in the courtyard of the guardhouse.

13 Then I said to Baruch as they all listened,14 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Take both this sealed deed and the unsealed copy, and put them into a pottery jar to preserve them for a long time.’15 For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Someday people will again own property here in this land and will buy and sell houses and vineyards and fields.’”

Jeremiah’s Prayer

16 Then after I had given the papers to Baruch, I prayed to the Lord:

17 “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!18 You show unfailing love to thousands, but you also bring the consequences of one generation’s sin upon the next. You are the great and powerful God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.19 You have all wisdom and do great and mighty miracles. You see the conduct of all people, and you give them what they deserve.20 You performed miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt—things still remembered to this day! And you have continued to do great miracles in Israel and all around the world. You have made your name famous to this day.

21 “You brought Israel out of Egypt with mighty signs and wonders, with a strong hand and powerful arm, and with overwhelming terror.22 You gave the people of Israel this land that you had promised their ancestors long before—a land flowing with milk and honey.23 Our ancestors came and conquered it and lived in it, but they refused to obey you or follow your word. They have not done anything you commanded. That is why you have sent this terrible disaster upon them.

24 “See how the siege ramps have been built against the city walls! Through war, famine, and disease, the city will be handed over to the Babylonians, who will conquer it. Everything has happened just as you said.25 And yet, O Sovereign Lord, you have told me to buy the field—paying good money for it before these witnesses—even though the city will soon be handed over to the Babylonians.”

A Prediction of Jerusalem’s Fall

26 Then this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord:27 “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?28 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I will hand this city over to the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and he will capture it.29 The Babylonians outside the walls will come in and set fire to the city. They will burn down all these houses where the people provoked my anger by burning incense to Baal on the rooftops and by pouring out liquid offerings to other gods.30 Israel and Judah have done nothing but wrong since their earliest days. They have infuriated me with all their evil deeds,” says the Lord.31 “From the time this city was built until now, it has done nothing but anger me, so I am determined to get rid of it.

32 “The sins of Israel and Judah—the sins of the people of Jerusalem, the kings, the officials, the priests, and the prophets—have stirred up my anger.33 My people have turned their backs on me and have refused to return. Even though I diligently taught them, they would not receive instruction or obey.34 They have set up their abominable idols right in my own Temple, defiling it.35 They have built pagan shrines to Baal in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, and there they sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing. What an incredible evil, causing Judah to sin so greatly!

A Promise of Restoration

36 “Now I want to say something more about this city. You have been saying, ‘It will fall to the king of Babylon through war, famine, and disease.’ But this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says:37 I will certainly bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety.38 They will be my people, and I will be their God.39 And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.41 I will find joy doing good for them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land.

42 “This is what the Lord says: Just as I have brought all these calamities on them, so I will do all the good I have promised them.43 Fields will again be bought and sold in this land about which you now say, ‘It has been ravaged by the Babylonians, a desolate land where people and animals have all disappeared.’44 Yes, fields will once again be bought and sold—deeds signed and sealed and witnessed—in the land of Benjamin and here in Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the hill country, in the foothills of JudahHebrew the Shephelah. and in the Negev, too. For someday I will restore prosperity to them. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

27 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast.

28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the Lord.

29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.

30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

35 Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name:

36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.

37 Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.

38 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the city shall be built to the Lord from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner.

39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.

40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the Lord; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.

32 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 house.

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 the Lord.

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 subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.

11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open:

12 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.

13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying,

14 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.

15 For thus saith 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 unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the Lord, saying,

17 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:

18 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,

19 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 his doings:

20 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;

21 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 terror;

22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;

23 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:

24 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.

25 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.

26 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,

27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

28 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 it:

29 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.

30 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.

31 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 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 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 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 unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

36 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;

37 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:

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 for ever, for the good of them, and 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 from me.

41 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.

42 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.

43 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.

44 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 Lord.

1 Timothy 3:1-16

Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons

Here is a trustworthy saying:S 1Ti 1:15 Whoever aspires to be an overseerAc 20:28; Php 1:1; Tit 1:7 desires a noble task.Now the overseer is to be above reproach,Tit 1:6-8 faithful to his wife,ver 12 temperate,ver 11; Tit 2:2 self-controlled, respectable, hospitable,S Ro 12:13 able to teach,2Ti 2:24not given to drunkenness,Tit 1:7 not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome,2Ti 2:24 not a lover of money.Lk 16:14; 1Ti 6:10; 2Ti 3:2; Heb 13:5; 1Pe 5:2He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of fullOr him with proper respect.ver 12; Tit 1:6(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)S 1Co 10:32He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 3:4 and fall under the same judgmentS 2Pe 2:4 as the devil.He must also have a good reputation with outsiders,S Mk 4:11 so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.2Ti 2:26

In the same way, deaconsThe word deacons refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in verse 12; and in Romans 16:1 and Phil. 1:1.Php 1:1 are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,1Ti 5:23; Tit 1:7; 2:3 and not pursuing dishonest gain.They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.S Ac 23:110 They must first be tested;1Ti 5:22 and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the womenPossibly deacons’ wives or women who are deacons are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers2Ti 3:3; Tit 2:3 but temperatever 2 and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wifever 2 and must manage his children and his household well.ver 413 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Reasons for Paul’s Instructions

14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the churchver 5; S 1Co 10:32 of the living God,S Mt 16:16 the pillar and foundation of the truth.16 Beyond all question, the mysteryS Ro 16:25 from which true godlinessS 1Ti 2:2 springs is great:

He appeared in the flesh,S Jn 1:14

was vindicated by the Spirit,Or vindicated in spirit

was seen by angels,

was preached among the nations,Ps 9:11; Col 1:23

was believed on in the world,

was taken up in glory.S Mk 16:19

Leaders in the Church

This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader,Or an overseer, or a bishop; also in 3:2, 6. he desires an honorable position.”So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife.Or must have only one wife, or must be married only once; Greek reads must be the husband of one wife; also in 3:12. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.He must not be a heavy drinkerGreek must not drink too much wine; similarly in 3:8. or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money.He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him.For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?

A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.Or he might fall into the same judgment as the devil.Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.

In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money.They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience.10 Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, their wivesOr the women deacons. The Greek word can be translated women or wives. must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well.13 Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

The Truths of Our Faith

14 I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon,15 so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.

16 Without question, this is the great mystery of our faithOr of godliness.:

ChristGreek He who; other manuscripts read God. was revealed in a human body

and vindicated by the Spirit.Or in his spirit.

He was seen by angels

and announced to the nations.

He was believed in throughout the world

and taken to heaven in glory.

This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:

15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Psalm 88:1-18

Psalm 88In Hebrew texts 88:1-18 is numbered 88:2-19.

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth.Title: Possibly a tune, “The Suffering of Affliction” A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of Heman the Ezrahite.

Lord, you are the God who saves me;S Ps 51:14

day and night I cry outPs 3:4; 22:2; Lk 18:7 to you.

May my prayer come before you;

turn your ear to my cry.

I am overwhelmed with troublesPs 6:3; 25:17

and my life draws near to death.S Job 33:22

I am counted among those who go down to the pit;S Ps 31:12

I am like one without strength.Ps 18:1

I am set apart with the dead,

like the slain who lie in the grave,

whom you remember no more,

who are cut offS Ps 31:22 from your care.

You have put me in the lowest pit,

in the darkest depths.Ps 30:1; S 69:15; La 3:55; Jnh 2:3

Your wrathPs 7:11 lies heavily on me;

you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 10.S Ps 42:7

You have taken from me my closest friendsS Job 19:13; Ps 31:11

and have made me repulsive to them.

I am confinedJer 32:2; 33:1 and cannot escape;S Job 3:23

my eyesS Ps 38:10 are dim with grief.

I callPs 5:2 to you, Lord, every day;

I spread out my handsJob 11:13; Ps 143:6 to you.

10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?

Do their spirits rise up and praise you?S Ps 6:5

11 Is your love declared in the grave,

your faithfulnessS Ps 30:9 in DestructionHebrew Abaddon?

12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,

or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

13 But I cry to you for help,S Ps 30:2 Lord;

in the morningPs 5:3; S 55:17 my prayer comes before you.Ps 119:147

14 Why, Lord, do you rejectS Ps 43:2 me

and hide your facePs 13:1 from me?

15 From my youthPs 129:1; Jer 22:21; Eze 16:22; Hos 2:15 I have sufferedPs 9:12 and been close to death;

I have borne your terrorsJob 6:4; S 18:11 and am in despair.2Co 4:8

16 Your wrathPs 7:11 has swept over me;

your terrorsJob 6:4 have destroyed me.

17 All day long they surround me like a flood;Ps 124:4

they have completely engulfed me.

18 You have taken from me friendver 8; Ps 38:11 and neighbor—

darkness is my closest friend.

Psalm 88

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. A song to be sung to the tune “The Suffering of Affliction.” A psalmHebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term. of Heman the Ezrahite.

O Lord, God of my salvation,

I cry out to you by day.

I come to you at night.

Now hear my prayer;

listen to my cry.

For my life is full of troubles,

and deathHebrew Sheol. draws near.

I am as good as dead,

like a strong man with no strength left.

They have left me among the dead,

and I lie like a corpse in a grave.

I am forgotten,

cut off from your care.

You have thrown me into the lowest pit,

into the darkest depths.

Your anger weighs me down;

with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude

You have driven my friends away

by making me repulsive to them.

I am in a trap with no way of escape.

My eyes are blinded by my tears.

Each day I beg for your help, O Lord;

I lift my hands to you for mercy.

10 Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead?

Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude

11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love?

Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?Hebrew in Abaddon?

12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds?

Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?

13 O Lord, I cry out to you.

I will keep on pleading day by day.

14 O Lord, why do you reject me?

Why do you turn your face from me?

15 I have been sick and close to death since my youth.

I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.

16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me.

Your terrors have paralyzed me.

17 They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long.

They have engulfed me completely.

18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones.

Darkness is my closest friend.

88 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:

Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.

Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.

Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.

Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.

10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?

12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.

14 Lord, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?

15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

16 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.

17 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.

18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

Proverbs 25:20-22

20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,

or like vinegar poured on a wound,

is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;

if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

22 In doing this, you will heap burning coalsS Ps 18:8 on his head,

and the Lord will reward you.S 2Ch 28:15; Mt 5:44; Ro 12:20*

20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart

is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather

or pouring vinegar in a wound.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads pouring vinegar on soda.

21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.

If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.

22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,

and the Lord will reward you.

20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

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