Jeremiah 36

Jeremiah’s Scroll Read in the Temple

1In the a  fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the  Lord, saying, 2Take a
Lit scroll of a book
,
c  scroll and write on it all the d  words which I have spoken to you concerning e  Israel and concerning Judah, and concerning all the f  nations, from the g  day I first spoke to you, from the days of Josiah, even to this day.
3 h  Perhaps the house of Judah will hear all the calamity which I plan to bring on them, in order that every man will i  turn from his evil way; then I will j  forgive their iniquity and their sin.”

4Then Jeremiah called k  Baruch the son of Neriah, and Baruch wrote on a
Lit scroll of a book
,
m  scroll
Lit from the mouth of
at the dictation of Jeremiah all the words of the  Lord which He had spoken to him.
5Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, “I am
Lit shut up
,
p  restricted; I cannot go into the house of the  Lord.
6So you go and q  read from the scroll which you have r  written
Lit from my mouth
at my dictation the words of the  Lord
Lit in the ears of, and so throughout this context
to the people in the  Lord’s house on a u  fast day. And also you shall read them
Lit in the ears of, and so throughout this context
to all the people of Judah who come from their cities.
7 w  Perhaps their supplication will
Lit fall
come before the  Lord, and everyone will turn from his evil way, for y  great is the anger and the wrath that the  Lord has pronounced against this people.”
8Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, z  reading from the book the words of the  Lord in the  Lord’s house.

9Now in the aa  fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ab  ninth month, all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who ac  came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem proclaimed a ad  fast before the  Lord. 10Then Baruch read from the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the  Lord in the ae  chamber of af  Gemariah the son of Shaphan the ag  scribe, in the upper court, at the ah  entry of the New Gate of the  Lord’s house, to all the people.

11Now when ai  Micaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard all the words of the  Lord from the book, 12he went down to the king’s house, into the scribe’s chamber. And behold, all the officials were sitting thereaj  Elishama the scribe, and ak  Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and al  Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the other officials. 13Micaiah am  declared to them all the words that he had heard when Baruch read from the book to the people. 14Then all the officials sent an  Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to Baruch, saying, “Take in your hand the scroll from which you have read to the people and come.” So Baruch the son of Neriah ao  took the scroll in his hand and went to them. 15They said to him, “Sit down, please, and read it to us.” So Baruch ap  read it to them. 16When they had heard all the words, they turned in aq  fear one to another and said to Baruch, “We will surely ar  report all these words to the king.” 17And they asked Baruch, saying, “Tell us, please as  how did you write all these words? Was it
Lit from his mouth, and so throughout this context
at his dictation?”
18Then Baruch said to them, “He au  dictated all these words to me, and I wrote them with ink on the book.” 19Then the officials said to Baruch, “Go av  hide yourself, you and Jeremiah, and do not let anyone know where you are.”

The Scroll Is Burned

20So they went to the aw  king in the court, but they had deposited the scroll in the chamber of ax  Elishama the scribe, and they reported all the words to the king. 21Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it out of the chamber of Elishama the scribe. And Jehudi ay  read it to the king as well as to all the officials who stood beside the king. 22Now the king was sitting in the az  winter house in the ba  ninth month, with a fire burning in the brazier before him. 23When Jehudi had read three or four columns, the king cut it with a scribe’s knife and bb  threw it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier. 24Yet the king and all his servants who heard all these words were bc  not afraid, nor did they bd  rend their garments. 25Even though Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah be  pleaded with the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. 26And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel to bf  seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the bg   Lord hid them.

The Scroll Is Replaced

27Then the word of the  Lord came to Jeremiah after the king had bh  burned the scroll and the words which bi  Baruch had written at the dictation of Jeremiah, saying, 28 bj  Take again another scroll and write on it all the former words that were bk  on the first scroll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah burned. 29And concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah you shall say, ‘Thus says the  Lord, “You have bl  burned this scroll, saying, ‘ bm  Why have you written on it
Lit saying
that the bo  king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and will make man and beast to cease from it?’”
30Therefore thus says the  Lord concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah, “He shall have bp  no one to sit on the throne of David, and his bq  dead body shall be cast out to the heat of the day and the frost of the night. 31“I will also br  punish him and his
Lit seed
descendants and his servants for their iniquity, and I will bt  bring on them and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the men of Judah all the calamity that I have declared to them— but they did not listen.”’”

32Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to Baruch the son of Neriah, the scribe, and he bu  wrote on it at the dictation of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire; and many
Lit like those
similar words were added to them.
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