1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of Yehoyaqim the son of Josiah (Yoshiyahu) king of Judah (Yehudah), that this word came unto Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) from יהוה, saying,
2 “Take you a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto you against Yisrael, and against Judah (Yehudah), and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto you, from the days of Josiah (Yoshiyahu), even unto this day.
3 It may be that the house of Judah (Yehudah) will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.”
4 Then Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) called Baruch the son of Neriyah; and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) all the words of יהוה, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.
5 And Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) commanded Baruch, saying, “I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of יהוה.
6 Therefore go you, and read in the roll, which you have written from my mouth, the words of יהוה in the ears of the people in יהוה’s house upon the fasting day: and also you shalt read them in the ears of all Judah (Yehudah) that come out of their cities.
7 It may be they will present their supplication before יהוה, and will return every one from his evil way; for great is the anger and the fury that יהוה hath pronounced against this people.”
8 And Baruch the son of Neriyah did according to all that Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of יהוה in יהוה’s house.
9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Yehoyaqim the son of Josiah (Yoshiyahu) king of Judah (Yehudah), in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before יהוה to all the people in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah (Yehudah) unto Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).
10 Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) in the house of יהוה, in the chamber of Gemaryah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of יהוה’s house, in the ears of all the people.
11 When Mikhayehu the son of Gemaryah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of יהוה,
12 Then he went down into the king’s house, into the scribe’s chamber: and, behold, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delayahu the son of Shemayahu, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemaryah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah (Tsidqi-yahu) the son of Chananyah, and all the princes.
13 Then Mikhayehu declared unto 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 Yehudi the son of Netanyahu, the son of Shelemyahu, the son of Kushi, unto Baruch, saying, “Take in your hand the roll wherein you have read in the ears of the people, and come.” So Baruch the son of Neriyah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them.
15 And they said unto him, “Sit down now, and read it in our ears.” So Baruch read it in their ears.
16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, “We will surely tell the king of all these words.”
17 And they asked Baruch, saying, “Tell us now, how didst you write all these words at his mouth?”
18 Then Baruch answered them, “He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.”
19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, “Go, hide you, you and Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu); and let no man know where you be.”
20 And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king.
21 So the king sent Yehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe’s chamber. And Yehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king.
22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month; and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
23 And it came to pass, that when Yehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll 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 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delayahu and Gemaryah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll; but he would not hear them.
26 But the king commanded Yerachmeel the son of Hammelech, and Serayahu the son of Azriel, and Shelemyahu the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) the prophet; but יהוה hid them.
27 Then the word of יהוה came to Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu), after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu), saying:
28 “Take you again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Yehoyaqim the king of Judah (Yehudah) hath burned.
29 And you shalt say to Yehoyaqim king of Judah (Yehudah), ‘Thus saith יהוה: “You have burned this roll, saying, ‘Why have you written therein, saying that the king of Babylon (Bavel) shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast?’”
30 Therefore thus saith יהוה of Yehoyaqim king of Judah (Yehudah); He shall have none to sit upon the throne of Dawid; 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 (Yerushalayim), and upon the men of Judah (Yehudah), all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not.”’”
32 Then took Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriyah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) all the words of the book which Yehoyaqim king of Judah (Yehudah) had burned in the fire; and there were added besides unto them many like words.