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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 36

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Baruch Writes the Prophecies of Jeremiah. 1In the fourth year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you against Israel, Judah, and all the nations, from the day I first spoke to you, in the days of Josiah, until today. 3Perhaps, when the house of Judah hears all the evil I have in mind to do to them, they will turn back each from his evil way, so that I may forgive their wickedness and their sin. c Jer 26, 3; Is 55, 6f . 4So Jeremiah called Baruch, son of Neriah, who wrote down on a scroll, as Jeremiah dictated, all the words which the LORD had spoken to him.

9In the ninth month, in the fifth year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah, a fast to placate the LORD was proclaimed for all the people of Jerusalem and all who came from Judah's cities to Jerusalem. 5Then Jeremiah charged Baruch: I cannot go to the house of the LORD; I am prevented* from doing so. 6Do you go on the fast day and read publicly in the LORD’s house the LORD’s words from the scroll you wrote at my dictation; read them also to all the men of Judah who come up from their cities. 7Perhaps they will lay their supplication before the LORD and will all turn back from their evil way; for great is the fury of anger with which the LORD has threatened this people. d 2 Kgs 22, 13 .

8Baruch, son of Neriah, did everything the prophet Jeremiah commanded; from the book-scroll he read the LORD’s words in the LORD’s house. 10It was in the room of Gemariah,* son of the scribe Shaphan, in the upper court of the LORD’s house, at the entrance of the New Temple-Gate, that Baruch publicly read the words of Jeremiah from his book.

11Now Micaiah, son of Gemariah, son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the LORD read from the book. 12So he went down to the king's palace, into the scribe's chamber,* where the princes were just then in session: Elishama, the scribe, Delaiah, son of Shemaiah, Elnathan, son of Achbor, Gemariah, son of Shaphan, Zedekiah, son of Hananiah, and the other princes. 13To them Micaiah reported all that he had heard Baruch read publicly from his book. 14Thereupon the princes sent Jehudi, son of Nethaniah, son of Shelemiah, son of Cushi, to Baruch with the order: “Come, and bring with you the scroll you read publicly to the people.” Scroll in hand, Baruch, son of Neriah, went to them. 15“Sit down,” they said to him, “and read it to us.” Baruch read it to them, 16and when they heard all its words, they were frightened and said to one another, “We must certainly tell the king all these things.” 17Then they asked Baruch: “Tell us, please, how you came to write down all these words.” 18“Jeremiah dictated all these words to me,” Baruch answered them, “and I wrote them down with ink in the book.” 19At this the princes said to Baruch, “Go into hiding, you and Jeremiah; let no one know where you are.”

20Leaving the scroll in safekeeping in the room of Elishama the scribe, they entered the room where the king was. When they told him everything that had happened, 21he sent Jehudi to fetch the scroll. Jehudi brought it from the room of Elishama the scribe, and read it to the king and to all the princes who were in attendance on the king. 22Now the king was sitting in his winter house, since it was the ninth month, and fire was burning in a brazier before him. 23Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king would cut off the piece with a scribe's knife* and cast it into the fire in the brazier, until the entire roll was consumed in the fire. 24Hearing all these words did not frighten the king and his ministers or cause them to rend their garments. 25And though Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them, 26but commanded Jerahmeel, a royal prince, and Seraiah, son of Azriel, and Shelemiah, son of Abdeel, to arrest Baruch, the secretary, and the prophet Jeremiah. But the LORD kept them concealed.

27This word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after the king burned the scroll with the text Jeremiah had dictated to Baruch: 28Take another scroll, and write on it everything that the first scroll contained, which Jehoiakim, king of Judah, burned up. 29And against Jehoiakim, king of Judah, say this: Thus says the LORD: You burned that scroll, saying, “Why did you write on it: Babylon's king shall surely come and lay waste this land and empty it of man and beast?” 30The LORD now says of Jehoiakim, king of Judah: e Jer 22, 19 . No descendant of his shall succeed to David's throne; his corpse shall be cast out, exposed to the heat of day, to the cold of night.* 31I will punish him and his descendants and his ministers for their wickedness; against them and the citizens of Jerusalem and the men of Judah I will-fulfill all the threats of evil which went unheeded.

32Jeremiah took another scroll, and gave it to his secretary, Baruch, son of Neriah; he wrote on it at Jeremiah's dictation all the words contained in the book which Jehoiakim, king of Judah, had burned in the fire, and many others of the same kind in addition.


c: Jer 26, 3; Is 55, 6f .

d: 2 Kgs 22, 13 .

e: Jer 22, 19 .

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