The Meaning of Jeremiah 32:12 Explained

Jeremiah 32:12

KJV: 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.

YLT: And I give the purchase-book unto Baruch son of Neriah, son of Maaseiah, before the eyes of Hanameel, my uncle's son, and before the eyes of the witnesses, those writing in the purchase-book, before the eyes of all the Jews who are sitting in the court of the prison.

Darby: and I gave the writing of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Nerijah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that had subscribed the writing of purchase, before all the Jews that were sitting in the court of the guard.

ASV: and I delivered the deed of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel mine uncle's'son , and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the deed of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the guard.

What does Jeremiah 32:12 Mean?

Context Summary

Jeremiah 32:1-44 - Shepherds That Mislead God's Flock
It is God's purpose to care for His people through shepherds (pastors) who are responsible to Him. Jesus our Lord is the Branch into which we may be grafted. He is our King who saves us and clothes us with His own spotless righteousness. God finds us in Him, Philippians 3:9. Because He reigns, we are saved and dwell in safety. When we are brought into contact with false shepherds, whether the failure be in doctrine or example, let us ask for the broken heart of Jeremiah 23:9.
God is everywhere present; as the latter paragraph indicates, He is near at hand to overhear the blasphemy of those who deride religion, and to be a very present help in time of trouble. If He fills heaven and earth, can He not fill thy heart? If His Word is like fire, let it cleanse thee! If it is as a hammer, let it pulverize thy pride! Let those of us who essay to teach and preach, not steal our words from our neighbors, or utter our own, but receive them from the source of all truth. [source]

Chapter Summary: Jeremiah 32

1  Jeremiah, being imprisoned by Zedekiah for his prophecy,
6  buys Hanameel's field
13  Baruch must preserve the evidences, as tokens of the people's return
16  Jeremiah in his prayer complains to God
26  God confirms the captivity for their sins;
36  and promises a gracious return

What do the individual words in Jeremiah 32:12 mean?

and I gave - the deed purchase to Baruch son of Neriah of Mahseiah in the presence of Hanamel my uncle's [son] and in the presence of the witnesses who signed deed the purchase before all the Jews who sat in the court of the prison
וָאֶתֵּ֞ן אֶת־ הַסֵּ֣פֶר הַמִּקְנָ֗ה אֶל־ בָּר֣וּךְ בֶּן־ נֵרִיָּה֮ מַחְסֵיָה֒ לְעֵינֵי֙ חֲנַמְאֵ֣ל דֹּדִ֔י וּלְעֵינֵי֙ הָֽעֵדִ֔ים הַכֹּתְבִ֖ים בְּסֵ֣פֶר הַמִּקְנָ֑ה לְעֵינֵי֙ כָּל־ הַיְּהוּדִ֔ים הַיֹּשְׁבִ֖ים בַּחֲצַ֥ר הַמַּטָּרָֽה

וָאֶתֵּ֞ן  and  I  gave 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Consecutive imperfect, first person common singular
Root: יָתַן 
Sense: to give, put, set.
אֶת־  - 
Parse: Direct object marker
Root: אֹות 
Sense: sign of the definite direct object, not translated in English but generally preceding and indicating the accusative.
הַסֵּ֣פֶר  the  deed 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: סֵפֶר 
Sense: book.
הַמִּקְנָ֗ה  purchase 
Parse: Article, Noun, feminine singular
Root: מִקְנָה  
Sense: purchase.
בָּר֣וּךְ  Baruch 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: בָּרוּךְ  
Sense: friend, amanuensis, and faithful attendant of Jeremiah.
בֶּן־  son 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: בֵּן 
Sense: son, grandson, child, member of a group.
נֵרִיָּה֮  of  Neriah 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: נֵרִיָּה 
Sense: son of Maaseiah and father of Baruch and Seraiah.
מַחְסֵיָה֒  of  Mahseiah 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: מַחְסֵיָה  
Sense: a priest and ancestor of Baruch, the friend and scribe of Jeremiah.
לְעֵינֵי֙  in  the  presence 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, cdc
Root: עֹונָה 
Sense: eye.
חֲנַמְאֵ֣ל  of  Hanamel 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: חֲנַמְאֵל  
Sense: son of Shallum and cousin of Jeremiah.
דֹּדִ֔י  my  uncle's  [son] 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct, first person common singular
Root: דֹּוד  
Sense: beloved, love, uncle.
וּלְעֵינֵי֙  and  in  the  presence 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l, Noun, cdc
Root: עֹונָה 
Sense: eye.
הָֽעֵדִ֔ים  of  the  witnesses 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine plural
Root: עֵד  
Sense: witness.
הַכֹּתְבִ֖ים  who  signed 
Parse: Article, Verb, Qal, Participle, masculine plural
Root: כָּתַב  
Sense: to write, record, enrol.
בְּסֵ֣פֶר  deed 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: סֵפֶר 
Sense: book.
הַמִּקְנָ֑ה  the  purchase 
Parse: Article, Noun, feminine singular
Root: מִקְנָה  
Sense: purchase.
לְעֵינֵי֙  before 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, cdc
Root: עֹונָה 
Sense: eye.
הַיְּהוּדִ֔ים  the  Jews 
Parse: Article, Proper Noun, masculine plural
Root: יְהוּדִי  
Sense: Jew.
הַיֹּשְׁבִ֖ים  who  sat 
Parse: Article, Verb, Qal, Participle, masculine plural
Root: יָשַׁב 
Sense: to dwell, remain, sit, abide.
בַּחֲצַ֥ר  in  the  court 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, common singular construct
Root: חָצֵר 
Sense: court, enclosure.
הַמַּטָּרָֽה  of  the  prison 
Parse: Article, Noun, feminine singular
Root: מַטָּרָה  
Sense: guard, ward, prison, mark, target.