|Jeremiah 36 |
1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 "Take a scroll for a book, and write in it 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.
3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do to them; so that they may return every man from his evil ways and that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin."
4 Then Jeremiah summoned Baruch, the son of Neriah, and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken to him upon a scroll of a book.
5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, "I am imprisoned and cannot go into the house of the LORD.
6 Therefore go and read from the scroll, which you have written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD's house during the fasting day; and also read them so all those of Judah who come out of their cities may hear.
7 It may be they will present their prayers before the LORD, and will return everyone from his evil ways because the anger and the fury that the LORD has pronounced against this people is great."
8 And Baruch, the son of Neriah, did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet had commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD's house.
9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem.
10 Then Baruch read in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD's house, in the hearing of all the people.
11 When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard all the words of the LORD out of the book,
12 He went down into the king's house, into the scribe's chamber; and, lo, all the princes sat there, even 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.
13 Then Michaiah declared to them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people.
14 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to Baruch, saying, "Bring in your hand the scroll in which you have read to the people, and come." So Baruch the son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand, and came to them.
15 And they said to him, "Sit down now, and read it so we may hear." So Baruch read it as they heard.
16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were all afraid and said to Baruch, "We will surely tell the king of all these words."
17 And they asked Baruch, saying, "Tell us now, how did you write all these words from his mouth?"
18 Then Baruch answered them, "He pronounced all these words to me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book."
19 Then said the princes to Baruch, "Go, hide yourself, both you and Jeremiah; and do not let any man know where you are."
20 And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king.
21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the scroll, and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in so the king heard, as well as all the princes who stood beside the king.
22 Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month; and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
23 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves of the scroll, the king cut it with a penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
25 Despite the fact that Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had tried to restrain the king from burning the scroll, he would not listen to them.
26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet; but the LORD hid them.
27 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after the king had burned the scroll, which contained all the words that Baruch had written at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
28 "Take again another scroll and write in it all the previous words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned.
29 And you shall say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, 'Thus says the Lord; You have burned this scroll, saying, "Why have you written in it, saying, 'The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from there man and beast?'"
30 Therefore thus says the Lord of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have no descendants to sit upon 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.
31 And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; to which they did not heed or listen.'"
32 Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah. He wrote in it 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 many similar words to them beside the previous ones.
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