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Ten years after Zedekiah was put in place by Nebuchadnezzar (verse 1), the army besieged Jerusalem (verse 2). Jeremiah had warned them this would happen, and so the people were angry and the king put Jeremiah under house arrest in the palace (verse 2). The king asked Jeremiah why he keeps saying that Jerusalem will be destroyed by Babylon when he can see that Nebuchadnezzar is letting him be king and even have Jeremiah for an advisor (verse 3), and why did Jeremiah say the people will not escape (verse 4), so that even Zedekiah will be carried away captive (verse 5).
Jeremiah answers him (verse 6), telling Zedekiah that Zedekiah’s cousin will come and advise him to buy a field (verse 7). When this happened, Zedekiah knew that Jeremiah was telling the truth (verse 8). Zedekiah bought the field (verse 9), made the transaction legal (verse 10), and sent the receipt to Jeremiah’s secretary (verse 11) in front of everyone in the palace courts (verse 12).
Then the Lord told Jeremiah’s secretary, Baruch (verse 13), to put these sealed receipts and deeds in a vessel for preservation and safekeeping (verse 14).
Then the Lord told Jeremiah that this was important because the people would eventually be able to return to the land (verse 15).
Jeremiah responded to the Lord (verse 16), acknowledging that nothing is too hard for Him (verse 17). He declared the Lord’s love for the people (verse 18), His wise counsel for them (verse 19), and His good judgment in delivering what the people chose by their own actions (verse 20). He remembered how the Lord had delivered the people in the past (verse 21), and given them their land of inheritance (verse 22), and also how the people had lost the privilege of living there because of their own disobedience (verse 23). Because the people betrayed their covenants, they will even lose the temple (verse 24). He keeps praying, talking with the Lord about the field that has been bought as a symbol of the promised restoration of the people (verses 24-25).
The Lord responds (verse 26), agreeing that nothing is too hard for Him (verse 27). He confirms that Jerusalem will be lost to Babylon (verse 28), and that the Chaldeans will destroy it (verse 29). He confirms that this is because the people of Israel and Judah have betrayed their covenants (verse 30), and so have lost the right to live in a holy place (verse 31). The people have rejected the prophets and led the people astray (verse 32), and turned away from God and His teachings (verse 33). Instead, they have chosen priestcraft (verse 34) and defiled holy places (verse 35). For these reasons the city of Jerusalem will fall into captivity (verse 36), and the people sent into bondage until they are cleansed from what is not-of-God (verse 37).
When they do repent and turn to Him, they shall again be His people of holiness and He will be their God (verse 38). They will be united again under His reign, and receive the blessings promised to them and to their children (verse 39). He will make an everlasting covenant with them to do good for them as long as they do not depart from that which He knows will truly make them happy (verse 40). He will rejoice with them as they prosper (verse 41), giving them as much good as they choose to receive (verse 42). The people will return and reclaim the land (verse 43), because He will bring them back out of captivity (verse 44).