Jeremiah, being in prison for his prophecy, purchased a piece of ground. This was to signify, that though Jerusalem was besieged, and the whole country likely to be laid waste, yet the time would come, when houses, and fields, and vineyards, should be again possessed. It concerns ministers to make it appear that they believe what they preach to others. And it is good to manage even our worldly affairs in faith; to do common business with reference to the providence and promise of God.
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SDA Bible Commentary (limited)
3. Wherefore dost thou prophesy? It is to be noted that the prophecy quoted in vs.3-5 was uttered by Jeremiah at an earlier time, and is here referred to by Zedekiah as the reason for putting him in prison. The delivery of this message to Zedekiah is recorded in ch.34:2, 3.