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Oral Review May 1, 2012

Question 1
*** si p. 129 par. 36 Bible Book Number 24Jeremiah ***
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This inspired prophecy is altogether upbuilding and beneficial. Look at the
courageous example of the prophet himself. He was fearless in proclaiming an
unpopular message to a godless people. He spurned fellowship with the wicked. He
appreciated the urgency of Jehovahs message, giving himself wholeheartedly to
Jehovahs work and never quitting. He found Gods word to be like a fire in his bones,
and it was the exultation and rejoicing of his heart. (Jer. 15:16-20; 20:8-13) May we
ever be as zealous for the word of Jehovah! May we also give loyal support to Gods
servants, as Baruch did to Jeremiah. The sincere obedience of the Rechabites is also a
splendid example to us, and so is Ebed-melechs kindly consideration for the
persecuted prophet.36:8-19, 32; 35:1-19; 38:7-13; 39:15-18.
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(Jeremiah 15:16-20) 16 Your words were found, and I proceeded to eat them; and your word becomes to me
the exultation and the rejoicing of my heart; for your name has been called upon me, O Jehovah God of
armies. 17 I have not sat down in the intimate group of those playing jokes and begun exulting. Because of
your hand I have sat down all by myself, for it is with denunciation that you have filled me. 18 Why has my
pain become chronic and my stroke incurable? It has refused to be healed. You positively become to me like
something deceitful, like waters that have proved untrustworthy. 19 Therefore this is what Jehovah has said:
If you will come back, then I shall bring you back. Before me you will stand. And if you will bring forth
what is precious from valueless things, you will become like my own mouth. They themselves will come
back to you, but you yourself will not come back to them. 20 And I have made you to this people a fortified
copper wall; and they will certainly fight against you, but they will not prevail over you. For I am with you, to
save you and to deliver you, is the utterance of Jehovah.
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(Jeremiah 20:7-13) 8 For as often as I speak, I cry out. Violence and despoiling are what I call out. For the
word of Jehovah became for me a cause for reproach and for jeering all day long. 9 And I said: I am not
going to make mention of him, and I shall speak no more in his name. And in my heart it proved to be like a
burning fire shut up in my bones; and I got tired of holding in, and I was unable [to endure it]. 10 For I heard

the bad report of many. There was fright all around. TELL out, that we may tell out about him. Every
mortal man bidding me Peace!they are watching for my limping: Perhaps he will be fooled, so that we
may prevail against him and take our revenge upon him. 11 But Jehovah was with me like a terrible mighty
one. That is why the very ones persecuting me will stumble and not prevail. They will certainly be put to
much shame, because they will not have prospered. [Their] indefinitely lasting humiliation will be one that
will not be forgotten. 12 But you, O Jehovah of armies, are examining the righteous one; you are seeing the
kidneys and the heart. May I see your vengeance upon them, for to you I have revealed my case at law.
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(Jeremiah 36:8-19, 32) 8 And Baruch the son of Neriah proceeded to do according to all that Jeremiah the
prophet had commanded him, to read aloud from the book the words of Jehovah at the house of Jehovah.
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Now it came about in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, the king of Judah, in the ninth month,
that all the people in Jerusalem and all the people that were coming in from the cities of Judah into Jerusalem
proclaimed a fast before Jehovah. 10 And Baruch began to read aloud from the book the words of Jeremiah at
the house of Jehovah, in the dining room of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the copyist, in the upper
courtyard, at the entrance of the new gate of the house of Jehovah, in the ears of all the people. 11 And
Micaiah the son of Gemariah the son of Shaphan got to hear all the words of Jehovah from out of the
book. 12 At that he went down to the house of the king, to the dining room of the secretary, and, look! there is
where all the princes were sitting, Elishama the secretary and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah and
Elnathan the son of Achbor and Gemariah the son of Shaphan and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah and
all the other princes. 13 And Micaiah proceeded to tell them all the words that he had heard when Baruch
read aloud from the book in the ears of the people. 14 Then all the princes sent out to Baruch Jehudi the son
of Nethaniah the son of Shelemiah the son of Cushi, saying: The roll from which you read aloud in the
ears of the peopletake it in your hand and come. Accordingly Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in
his hand and came in to them. 15 Then they said to him: Sit down, please, and read it aloud in our ears. So
Baruch read aloud in their ears. 16 Now it came about that as soon as they heard all the words, they looked at
one another in dread; and they proceeded to say to Baruch: We shall without fail tell the king all these
words. 17 And Baruch they asked, saying: Tell us, please, How did you write all these words from his
mouth? 18 Then Baruch said to them: Out of his mouth he kept declaring to me all these words, and I was
writing in the book with ink. 19 Finally the princes said to Baruch: Go, conceal yourself, you and Jeremiah,
so that no one at all will know where YOU men are. 32 And Jeremiah himself took another roll and then gave
it to Baruch the son of Neriah, the secretary, who proceeded to write upon it at the mouth of Jeremiah all
the words of the book that Jehoiakim the king of Judah had burned in the fire; and there were added to them
many more words like those.
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(Jeremiah 35:1-19) 35 The word that occurred to Jeremiah from Jehovah in the days of Jehoiakim the son
of Josiah, the king of Judah, saying: 2 Go to the house of the Rechabites, and you must speak with them
and bring them into the house of Jehovah, to one of the dining rooms; and you must give them wine to drink.
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So I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah the son of Habazziniah and his brothers, and all his sons, and
all the household of the Rechabites, 4 and I proceeded to bring them into the house of Jehovah, to the dining
room of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah, a man of the [true] God, which was beside the dining room
of the princes that was above the dining room of Maaseiah the son of Shallum the doorkeeper. 5 Then I put
before the sons of the house of the Rechabites cups full of wine and goblets and said to them: Drink wine.
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But they said: We shall drink no wine, because Jonadab the son of Rechab, our forefather, was the one
that laid the command upon us, saying, YOU must drink no wine, neither YOU nor YOUR sons, to time
indefinite. 7 And no house must YOU build, and no seed must YOU sow; and no vineyard must YOU plant,
nor must it come to be YOURS. But in tents YOU should dwell all YOUR days, in order that YOU may keep
living many days upon the surface of the ground where YOU are residing as aliens. 8 So we keep obeying the
voice of Jehonadab the son of Rechab our forefather in everything that he commanded us by drinking no
wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons and our daughters, 9 and by not building houses for us to dwell in,
so that no vineyard or field or seed should become ours. 10 And we keep dwelling in tents and obeying and
doing according to all that Jonadab our forefather commanded us. 11 But it came about when
Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon came up against the land that we began to say, Come, and let us
enter into Jerusalem because of the military force of the Chaldeans and because of the military force of the
Syrians, and let us dwell in Jerusalem. 12 And the word of Jehovah proceeded to occur to Jeremiah, saying:
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This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said, Go, and you must say to the men of Judah and
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Did YOU not continually receive exhortation to obey my words? is the
utterance of Jehovah. 14 There has been a carrying out of the words of Jehonadab the son of Rechab, that
he commanded his sons, to drink no wine, and they have drunk none down to this day, because they have
obeyed the commandment of their forefather. And as for me, I have spoken to YOU men, rising up early and
speaking, but YOU have not obeyed me. 15 And I kept sending to YOU all my servants the prophets, rising up
early and sending [them], saying, Turn back, please, each one from his bad way, and make YOUR dealings
good, and do not walk after other gods to serve them. And keep dwelling on the ground that I have given to
YOU and to YOUR forefathers. But YOU did not incline YOUR ear, nor did YOU listen to me. 16 But the
sons of Jehonadab the son of Rechab have carried out the commandment of their forefather that he
commanded them; but as for this people, they have not listened to me. 17 Therefore this is what Jehovah,
the God of armies, the God of Israel, has said, Here I am bringing upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of
Jerusalem all the calamity that I have spoken against them, for the reason that I have spoken to them but they
did not listen, and I kept calling to them but they did not answer. 18 And to the household of the Rechabites
Jeremiah said: This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said, For the reason that YOU have
obeyed the commandment of Jehonadab YOUR forefather and continue keeping all his commandments and
doing according to all that he commanded YOU, 19 therefore this is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel,
has said: There will not be cut off from Jonadab the son of Rechab a man to stand before me always.
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(Jeremiah 38:7-13) 7 And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a man who was a eunuch and who was in the
house of the king, got to hear that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern; and the king was sitting in the Gate
of Benjamin. 8 So Ebed-melech went out of the house of the king and spoke to the king, saying: 9 O my lord
the king, these men have done bad in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have thrown
into the cistern, so that he will die where he is because of the famine. For there is no bread anymore in the
city. 10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying: Take in your charge from this
place thirty men, and you must get Jeremiah the prophet up out of the cistern before he dies. 11 Accordingly
Ebed-melech took the men in his charge and went into the house of the king to beneath the treasury and took
from there worn-out rags and worn-out pieces of cloth and let them down to Jeremiah into the cistern by
means of the ropes. 12 Then Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah: Put, please, the worn-out rags
and the pieces of cloth under your armpits beneath the ropes. Jeremiah now did so. 13 Finally they drew out
Jeremiah by means of the ropes and brought him up out of the cistern. And Jeremiah continued to dwell in the
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(Jeremiah 39:15-18) 15 And to Jeremiah the word of Jehovah occurred while he happened to be shut up in the
Courtyard of the Guard, saying: 16 Go, and you must say to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, This is what
Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said: Here I am bringing true my words upon this city for calamity
and not for good, and they will certainly happen before you in that day. 17 And I will deliver you in that
day, is the utterance of Jehovah, and you will not be given into the hand of the men of whom you yourself
are scared. 18 For I shall without fail furnish you an escape, and by the sword you will not fall; and you will
certainly come to have your soul as a spoil, because you have trusted in me, is the utterance of Jehovah.
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Question 2
*** w05 12/15 pp. 23-24 par. 18 Whom Do You ObeyGod or Men? ***
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God told the prophet Jeremiah: I am with you to deliver you. (Jeremiah 1:8)
How might Jehovah deliver us from persecution today? He might raise up a fair-minded
judge like Gamaliel. Or he may see to it that a corrupt or antagonistic official is
unexpectedly replaced by a more reasonable one. At times, though, Jehovah may permit
the persecution of his people to run its course. (2 Timothy 3:12) If God allows us to be
persecuted, he will always give us the strength to endure persecution. (1 Corinthians
10:13) And no matter what God permits, we have no doubt as to the final outcome:
Those who fight against Gods people are fighting against God, and fighters against
God will not prevail.
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(1 Corinthians 10:13) 13 No temptation has taken YOU except what is common to men. But God is faithful,
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Question 3
*** w05 11/1 p. 24 par. 12 Will You Walk With God? ***
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Since late in the 19th century, Christs anointed followers have applied the
counsel of Jeremiah 6:16 to themselves. As a class, they have led the way in a
wholehearted return to the roadways of long ago. Unlike apostate Christendom, they
have faithfully adhered to the pattern of healthful words that was established by Jesus
Christ and upheld by his faithful followers back in the first century C.E. (2 Timothy
1:13) To this day, the anointed help one another as well as their other sheep
companions to pursue the healthful, happy way of life that Christendom has
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(2 Timothy 1:13) 13 Keep holding the pattern of healthful words that you heard from me with the faith and
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Question 4
*** w10 6/1 pp. 22-23 Balsam of GileadThe Balm That Heals ***
Balsam for a Sick Nation
Why, then, did Jeremiah raise the question, Is there no balsam in Gilead? To
understand that, we have to look at the nation of Israel back then. Earlier, the prophet
Isaiah gave a vivid description of their deplorable spiritual state: From the sole of the
foot even to the head there is no sound spot in it. Wounds and bruises and fresh
stripesthey have not been squeezed out or bound up. (Isaiah 1:6) Rather than
recognizing their pitiable condition and seeking a cure, the nation continued in their
wayward course. By his time, Jeremiah could only lament: They have rejected the
very word of Jehovah, and what wisdom do they have? If only they had returned to
Jehovah, he would have healed them. Is there no balsam in Gilead? What a thoughtprovoking question!Jeremiah 8:9.
In many ways, todays world is full of wounds and bruises and fresh stripes.
People are suffering from poverty, injustice, selfishness, and a lack of kindness, all
because love of God and neighbor has cooled off. (Matthew 24:12; 2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Many feel rejected on account of their race, ethnic background, or age. On top of that,
famine, sickness, war, and death add to their pain. Like Jeremiah, many sincere
believers wonder if there is no balsam in Gilead with which to bind up the emotional
and spiritual wounds of those who are suffering.
The Good News That Heals
In Jesus day, the same question was on the minds of humble ones. But it was not
left unanswered. In the synagogue in Nazareth at the beginning of the year 30 C.E.,
Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah, saying: Jehovah has anointed me to tell good news
to the meek ones. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted. (Isaiah 61:1) Jesus
then applied those words to himself, presenting himself as the Messiah with the
commission of making known a message of comfort.Luke 4:16-21.
Throughout his ministry, Jesus zealously preached the good news of the Kingdom
of God. (Matthew 4:17) In the Sermon on the Mount, he promised afflicted ones that
their situation would be changed: Happy are you who weep now, because you will
laugh. (Luke 6:21) By announcing the coming of the Kingdom of Goda message of
hopeJesus bound up the brokenhearted.
In our day, the good news of the kingdom remains just as comforting. (Matthew
6:10; 9:35) Take, for example, the case of Roger and Liliane. In January 1961 they first
learned about Gods promise of everlasting life, and it was like soothing balsam to
them. I danced around the kitchen at the thought of what I was learning. I was so
happy, recalls Liliane. Roger, who at that time had been partially paralyzed for ten
years, adds, I found great joy, the joy of living, thanks to a marvelous hopethat of
the resurrection and the end of all pain and sickness.Revelation 21:4.
In 1970 they suffered the loss of their 11-year-old son in death. But they did not
sink into despair. They personally felt that Jehovah is healing the brokenhearted ones,
and is binding up their painful spots. (Psalm 147:3) Their hope comforted them. For
nearly 50 years now, the good news of Gods incoming Kingdom has brought them
peace and contentment.
A Healing Yet to Come
So is there balsam in Gilead today? Yes, today there still exists spiritual balsam.
The comfort and hope provided by the good news of the Kingdom is able to bind up
broken hearts. Would you like to experience such healing? All you need to do is open
your heart wide to the comforting message from Gods Word and allow it to fill your
life. Millions of people have already done so.
The healing by this balsam provides a foregleam of greater relief that is still to
come. The time is fast approaching when Jehovah God will bring about the curing of
the nations, with everlasting life in view. At that time, no resident will say: I am
sick. Yes, there still is balsam in Gilead!Revelation 22:2; Isaiah 33:24.

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Question 5
*** jr chap. 12 p. 151 Was Not That a Case of Knowing Me? ***
HOW DOES JEHOVAH FEEL REGRET?
The greatness of Gods forgiveness comes into focus in his treatment of those who
practiced sin but who later have a change of heart. When he observes that they turn
their lives around and obey him, he comes to feel regret. (Jer. 18:8; 26:3) In what
way?
God is perfect and never errs in judgment, so it is not that he feels regret in the way
that a human does when he has completely misjudged a matter. Rather, Jehovah feels
regret by adjusting his dealings, responding to the change of heart he observes.
This is not just a cold rescinding of a sentence. Jehovahs feelings change toward
repentant sinners. According to some scholars, the origin of the Hebrew verb translated
feel regret in the verses cited above is thought to reflect the idea of breathing
deeply, maybe with a sigh. This may indicate that when Jehovah sees genuine remorse
in a human heart, figuratively he breathes deeply, as with a sigh of relief. God can show
the repentant person the loving attention enjoyed by those having His approval. That
sinner may still face certain consequences, yet God is pleased with his change of heart.
He softens the calamity, or divine discipline, that otherwise might be due. (Jer. 26:13)
What human judge is inclined to recognize true repentance in this way? Jehovah takes
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having of insight and the having of knowledge of me, that I am Jehovah, the One exercising loving-kindness,
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Question 6
*** jr chap. 3 p. 36 par. 8 You Must Say to Them This Word ***
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Jehovah had definitely not tricked or deceived Jeremiah by using some crafty,
underhanded scheme against him. Rather, God fooled his prophet in a positive,
beneficial sense. Jeremiah felt that the opposition was too great, that by himself he
could no longer fulfill his God-given assignment. But fulfill it he did, with the
Almightys support and help. Hence, you might say that Jehovah overpowered him,
proving far stronger than Jeremiah and his human inclinations. When this man of God
thought that he had reached his limit and could not keep going, Jehovah exercised a
persuasive force so that Jeremiah was fooled, as it were. God proved stronger than the
prophets weaknesses. Even in the face of apathy, rejection, and violence, Jeremiah was
able to continue to preach.
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*** it-2 pp. 1166-1167 War ***
When it was necessary to punish unfaithful Israel, those foreign armies bringing the
destruction were viewed as sanctified, in the sense that they were set apart by
Jehovah for the execution of his righteous judgments. (Jer 22:6-9; Hab 1:6) Similarly,
those military forces (principally the Medes and Persians) who brought destruction on
Babylon were spoken of by Jehovah as my sanctified ones.Isa 13:1-3.

(Jeremiah 22:6-9) 6 For this is what Jehovah has said concerning the house of the king of Judah, You are
as Gilead to me, the head of Lebanon. Assuredly I shall make you a wilderness; as for the cities, not one
will be inhabited. 7 And I will sanctify against you those bringing ruin, each one and his weapons; and they
must cut down the choicest of your cedars and cause them to fall into the fire. 8 And many nations will
actually pass along by this city and say one to the other: On what account did Jehovah do like this to this
great city? 9 And they will have to say: On account of the fact that they left the covenant of Jehovah their
God and proceeded to bow down to other gods and to serve them.
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(Isaiah 13:1-3) 13 The pronouncement against Babylon that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw in vision: 2 Upon a
mountain of bare rocks raise up a signal, YOU men. Lift up the voice to them, wave the hand, that they may
come into the entrances of the nobles. 3 I myself have issued the command to my sanctified ones. I have also
called my mighty ones for [expressing] my anger, my eminently exultant ones.
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Question 8
*** jr chap. 12 pp. 142-145 pars. 8-11 Was Not That a Case of Knowing Me?
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The facet of Gods personality known as loving-kindness, or loyal love, defies
concise definition in many languages. According to one Bible dictionary, the Hebrew
term involved describes the interaction of strength, steadfastness, and love. That
dictionary goes on to say: Any understanding of the word that fails to suggest all three
inevitably loses some of its richness. Thus, someone showing loving-kindness is more
than a nice person. With deep concern, he tries to help others satisfy their needs,
especially their spiritual needs, as best he can. His main reason for acting in such a
selfless manner is his desire to please Almighty God.
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The best way to grasp the essence of the Biblical expression loving-kindness is
by studying how God treated his true worshippers down through the ages. Jehovah
protected and fed the Israelites while they spent 40 years in the wilderness. In the
Promised Land, God provided judges to rescue them from their enemies and to bring
them back to true worship. Because Jehovah stuck with them through good times and
bad during all those centuries, he could tell the nation: With a love to time indefinite I
have loved you. That is why I have drawn you with loving-kindness.Jer. 31:3.
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In our day, God continues to show loving-kindness in ways that directly benefit
his worshippers. Consider the matter of prayer. Jehovah takes note of all sincere
prayers, but he pays special attention when his dedicated servants pray to him. Even if
for years we keep praying about the same chronic problems, he does not lose patience
with us; nor does he tire of hearing our prayers. Once, Jehovah had Jeremiah send a
message to a group of Jews already captive in Babylon. They were over 500 miles
[800 km] away from the temple, far from family and friends in Judah. Their being far

from the temple, however, did not keep Jehovah from hearing their requests for his
favor and their expressions of praise. Bearing in mind your sincere prayers, think of the
comfort the Jews felt when they heard Gods words, as found at Jeremiah 29:10-12.
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We see another evidence of Jehovahs loving-kindness in his positive outlook. As
the fall of Jerusalem approached and the citys inhabitants continued their rebellion,
which amounted to a rebellion against God, what did the future hold for them? Perhaps
death from famine or a Babylonian sword? At best, they might experience a long exile
and death in a foreign land. Jehovah, however, held out a positive good word for
those who repented and changed their lives. He promised to turn his attention to them.
He would bring them back to this place, their homeland, from faraway Babylon. (Jer.
27:22) As a result, they would cry out: Laud Jehovah of armies, for Jehovah is good;
for to time indefinite is his loving-kindness!Jer. 33:10, 11.
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(Jeremiah 29:10-12) 10 For this is what Jehovah has said, In accord with the fulfilling of seventy years at
Babylon I shall turn my attention to YOU people, and I will establish toward YOU my good word in bringing
YOU back to this place. 11 For I myself well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward YOU, is the
utterance of Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give YOU a future and a hope. 12 And YOU
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31:33How is Gods law written in hearts? When a person loves Gods law so
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(Jeremiah 31:33) 33 For this is the covenant that I shall conclude with the house of Israel after those days,
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32:10-15What was the purpose of making two deeds of the same
transaction? The deed left open was for consultation. The sealed deed served as a
backup to verify the accuracy of the open one if needed. By following reasonable legal
procedures even when dealing with a relative and fellow believer, Jeremiah set an
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(Jeremiah 32:10-15) 10 Then I wrote in a deed and affixed the seal and took witnesses as I went weighing the
money in the scales. 11 After that I took the deed of purchase, the one sealed according to the commandment
and the regulations, and the one left open; 12 and I then gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of
Neriah the son of Mahseiah before the eyes of Hanamel [the son of] my paternal uncle and before the
eyes of the witnesses, those writing in the deed of purchase, before the eyes of all the Jews who were sitting
in the Courtyard of the Guard. 13 I now commanded Baruch before their eyes, saying: 14 This is what
Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said, Taking these deeds, this deed of purchase, even the sealed
one, and the other deed left open, you must also put them into an earthenware vessel, in order that they may
last for many days. 15 For this is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said, Houses and fields and
vineyards will yet be bought in this land.
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