1It happened in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah,
king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,
a scroll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken to you
against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day
I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah, even to this day.
3It may be
that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do to them;
that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their
iniquity and their sin.
4Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah;
and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of Yahweh, which he
had spoken to him, on a scroll of a book.
5Jeremiah commanded Baruch,
saying, I am shut up; I can’t go into the house of Yahweh:
you, and read in the scroll, which you have written from my mouth, the words
of Yahweh in the ears of the people in Yahweh’s house on the fast day; and
also you shall read them in the ears of all Judah who come out of their
7It may be they will present their supplication before Yahweh,
and will return everyone from his evil way; for great is the anger and the
wrath that Yahweh has pronounced against this people.
8Baruch the son of
Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading
in the book the words of Yahweh in Yahweh’s house.
9Now it happened in
the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth
month, that all the people in Jerusalem, and all the people who came from the
cities of Judah to Jerusalem, proclaimed a fast before Yahweh.
read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of Yahweh, in the
chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan, the scribe, in the upper court, at
the entry of the new gate of Yahweh’s house, in the ears of all the people.
11When Micaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of
the book all the words of Yahweh,
12he went down into the king’s house,
into the scribe’s chamber: and behold, all the princes were sitting there,
to wit, Elishama the scribe, 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 princes.
13Then Micaiah declared to them all
the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the
14Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the
son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to Baruch, saying, Take in your hand the
scroll in which you have read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch
the son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand, and came to them.
said to him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in
16Now it happened, when they had heard all the words, they
turned in fear one toward another, and said to Baruch, We will surely tell
the king of all these words.
17They asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now,
How did you write all these words at his mouth?
18Then Baruch answered
them, He pronounced all these words to me with his mouth, and I wrote them
with ink in the book.
19Then said the princes to Baruch, Go, hide you,
you and Jeremiah; and let no man know where you are.
20They went in
to the king into the court; but they had laid up the scroll in the chamber of
Elishama the scribe; and they told all the words in the ears of the king.
21So the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll; and he took it out of the
chamber of Elishama the scribe. Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and
in the ears of all the princes who stood beside the king.
22Now the king
was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month: and there was a fire
in the brazier burning before him.
23It happened, when Jehudi had
read three or four leaves, that the king cut it with the penknife,
and cast it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the scroll was
consumed in the fire that was in the brazier.
24They were not afraid, nor
tore their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants who heard all
25Moreover Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made
intercession to the king that he would not burn the scroll; but he would not
26The king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, and Seraiah the
son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and
Jeremiah the prophet; but Yahweh hid them.
27Then the word of Yahweh came
to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the scroll, and the words which
Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
28Take again another
scroll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first scroll,
which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned.
29Concerning Jehoiakim king
of Judah you shall say, Thus says Yahweh: You have burned this scroll,
saying, Why have you written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall
certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from there man
30Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning Jehoiakim king of
Judah: He shall have none to sit on the throne of David; and his dead body
shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.
31I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and
I will bring on them, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and on the men of
Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them, but they didn’t
32Then took Jeremiah another scroll, and gave it to Baruch the
scribe, the son of Neriah, who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all
the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire;
and there were added besides to them many like words.