In the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
"Take a scroll,a and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah, and all the nations from the time I [first] spoke to you during Josiah's reign until today.
Perhaps, when the house of Judah hears about all the disaster I am planning to bring on them, each one of them will turn from his evil way. Then I will forgive their wrongdoingb and sin."
So Jeremiah summoned Baruchc son of Neriah. At Jeremiah's dictation,d Baruch wrote on a scroll all the words the Lord had spoken to Jeremiah.
Then Jeremiah commanded Baruch, "I am restricted; I cannot enter the temple of the Lord,
so you must go and read from the scroll-which you wrote at my dictatione-the words of the Lord in the hearing of the people at the temple of the Lord on a day of fasting. You must also read them in the hearing of all the Judeans who are coming from their cities.
Perhaps their petition will come before the Lord,f and each one will turn from his evil way, for the anger and fury that the Lord has pronounced against this people are great."
So Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet had commanded him. At the Lord's temple he read the Lord's words from the scroll.