J E R E M I A H.
Here is another expedient tried to work upon this
heedless and untoward people, but it is tried in vain. A roll of a
book is provided, containing an abstract or abridgment of all the
sermons that Jeremiah had preached to them, that they might be put
in mind of what they had heard and might the better understand it,
when they had it all before them at one view. Now here we have, I.
The writing of this roll by Baruch, as Jeremiah dictated it,
ver. 1-4. II. The reading
of the roll by Baruch to all the people publicly on a fast-day
(ver. 5-10), afterwards
by Baruch to the princes privately (ver. 11-19), and lastly by Jehudi to the
king, ver. 20, 21. III.
The burning of the roll by the king, with orders to prosecute
Jeremiah and Baruch, ver.
22-26. IV. The writing of another roll, with large
additions, particularly of Jehoiakim's doom for burning the former,