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.