Now in the 1fifthyear of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the 2ninthmonth, all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who 3came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalemproclaimed a 4fastbefore the LORD.
Then Baruchread from the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD in the 5chamber of 6Gemariah the son of Shaphan the 7scribe, in the uppercourt, at the 8entry of the NewGate of the LORD'Shouse, to all the people.
Now when 9Micaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heardall the words of the LORD from the book,
he wentdown to the king'shouse, into the scribe'schamber. And behold, all the officials were sittingthere -10Elishama the scribe, and 11Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and 12Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the other officials.
13Micaiah13declared to them all the words that he had heard when Baruchread from the book to the people.
Then all the officialssent14Jehudi 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 Neriah15took the scroll in his hand and went to them.
They said to him, "Sitdown, please, and read it to us." So Baruch16read it to them.
When they had heardall the words, they turned in 17fearone to another and said to Baruch, "We will surely18reportallthesewords to the king."
And they askedBaruch, saying, "Tell us, please, 19how did you writeallthesewords? Was it aat his dictation?"
Then Baruchsaid to them, "He 20dictatedallthesewords to me, and I wrote them with ink on the book."
Then the officialssaid to Baruch, "Go, 21hide yourself, you and Jeremiah, and do not let anyone knowwhere you are."
So they went to the 22king in the court, but they had deposited the scroll in the chamber of 23Elishama the scribe, and they reportedall the words to the king.
Then the kingsentJehudi to get the scroll, and he took it out of the chamber of Elishama the scribe. And Jehudi24read it to the king as well as to all the officials who stoodbeside the king.
Now the king was sitting in the 25winterhouse in the 26ninthmonth, with a fire burning in the brazierbefore him.
When Jehudi had readthree or fourcolumns, the king cut it with a scribe'sknife and 27threw it into the fire that was in the brazier, untilall the scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier.
Yet the king and all his servants who heardallthesewords were 28not afraid, nor did they 29rend their garments.
Even thoughElnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah30pleaded with the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them.
And the kingcommandedJerahmeel the king'sson, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel to 31seizeBaruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the 32LORDhid them.
Then the word of the LORDcame to Jeremiahafter the king had 33burned the scroll and the wordswhich34Baruch had written at the dictation of Jeremiah, saying,
"35Takeagainanotherscroll and write on it all the formerwords that were 36on the firstscrollwhichJehoiakim the king of Judahburned.
"And concerningJehoiakimking of Judah you shall say, 'Thussays the LORD, "You have 37burnedthisscroll, saying, '38Why have you written on it bthat the 39king of Babylon will certainlycome and destroythisland, and will make man and beast to cease from it?' "
30'Thereforethussays the LORDconcerningJehoiakimking of Judah, "He shall have40no one to sit on the throne of David, and his 41deadbody shall be cast out to the heat of the day and the frost of the night.
"I will also 42punish him and his cdescendants and his servants for their iniquity, and I will 43bring on them and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the men of Judahall the calamity that I have declared to them-but they did not listen.""'
Then Jeremiahtookanotherscroll and gave it to Baruch the son of Neriah, the scribe, and he 44wrote on it at the dictation of Jeremiahall the words of the bookwhichJehoiakimking of Judah had burned in the fire; and manydsimilar words were added to them.