The Writing Of An Ancient Book
When Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, had been ruler for four years, this
message came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, "Take a parchment roll and write
on it all the words that I have spoken to you about Jerusalem and Judah
and all the nations from the time of Josiah to the present. Perhaps the
people of Judah will pay attention to all the evil which I intend to
bring upon them, so that they will turn each from his evil way, that I
may forgive their guilt and sin."
Then Jeremiah called Baruch, the son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote on a
parchment roll as Jeremiah told him all the words which Jehovah had
spoken to him. And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, "I am not
permitted to go to the temple of Jehovah. Therefore you go and read in
the temple on the fast day the words of Jehovah from the roll which you
have written at my command. You shall read them to all the people of
Judah who have come from their towns. Perhaps they will pray to Jehovah
and each turn from his evil way; for great is the anger and wrath of
Jehovah against this people." So Baruch did as Jeremiah, the prophet,
commanded him, reading in the temple from the writing the words of
The next year, when all the people who had come to Jerusalem from the
cities of Judah were observing a fast in the temple courts, Baruch read
to them all from the writing the words of Jeremiah.
When Micaiah, the grandson of Shaphan, had heard all the words of
Jehovah, he went down to the palace, where all the court officials were
sitting, and told them all that he had heard when Baruch read the book
to the people.
Then all the nobles sent Jehudi, the son of Nethaniah, to Baruch to say:
"Take the roll from which you have read to all the people and come
here." So Baruch took the roll in his hand and went to them. And they
said to him, "Sit down now and read it to us." So Baruch read it to
them. But when they had heard all, they turned in fear to one another
and said to Baruch, "We must surely tell Jehoiakim all this." So they
asked Baruch, "Tell us now: how did you write all this?" Baruch
answered, "Jeremiah told it all to me and I wrote it down in ink." Then
the nobles said to Baruch, "Go, hide both yourself and Jeremiah, and let
no one know where you are."
But after they had put the roll in the room of Elishama, the chancellor,
they went to Jehoiakim's room, and told all these things to him. Then he
sent Jehudi to bring the roll, and he brought it out of the room of
Elishama, the chancellor. And Jehudi read it to him and to all the
leaders who were with him.
Now Jehoiakim was sitting in the winter house with a brazier burning
before him. When Jehudi had read three or four double columns, Jehoiakim
cut it with a paper-knife and threw it into the fire that was on the
brazier, and the entire roll was burned up. But neither he nor any of
his servants who were present, were disturbed or tore their garments.
Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah begged Jehoiakim not to burn the roll,
but he would not listen to them. He also ordered Jerahmeel, his son, and
Seraiah, the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah, the son of Abdeel, to seize
Baruch, the scribe, and Jeremiah, the prophet, but Jehovah kept them
Then Jeremiah took another roll and gave it to Baruch, the scribe, who
wrote on it as Jeremiah spoke to him, all the words of the book which
Jehoiakim, the ruler of Judah, had burned in the fire; and many other
similar words were added.
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