The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year
of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of
1 Timothy 6:6-19
At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging
Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of
the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah,
where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him.
Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came to me:
Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and
say, "Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of
redemption by purchase is yours."
Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in
accordance with the word of the LORD, and said to me, "Buy
my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the
right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for
yourself." Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and
weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver.
I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the
money on scales.
Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms
and conditions, and the open copy;
and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of
Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence
of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the
presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the
In their presence I charged Baruch, saying,
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these
deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and
put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for
a long time.
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and
fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.
You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the
shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress; my God,
in whom I trust."
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from
the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will
find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that
flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction
that wastes at noonday.
Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with
for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take
nothing out of it;
but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are
trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people
into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in
their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the
faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.
Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal
life, to which you were called and for which you made the good
confession in the presence of many witnesses.
In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of
Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made
the good confession, I charge you
to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the
manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which he will bring about at the right time--he who is the
blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable
light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and
eternal dominion. Amen.
As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not
to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of
riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything
for our enjoyment.
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and
ready to share,
thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation
for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that
really is life.
"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine
linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with
who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich
man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.
The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with
Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.
In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw
Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.
He called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send
Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my
tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.'
But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you
received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil
things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.
Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been
fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you
cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.'
He said, 'Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's
for I have five brothers--that he may warn them, so that they
will not also come into this place of torment.'
Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they should
listen to them.'
He said, 'No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from
the dead, they will repent.'
He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises
from the dead.'"