In the ninth month1 of the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, a time of fasting2 before the LORD was proclaimed for all the people in Jerusalem and those who had come from the towns of Judah.
From the room of Gemariah3 son of Shaphan4 the secretary,5 which was in the upper courtyard at the entrance of the New Gate6 of the temple, Baruch read to all the people at the LORD's temple the words of Jeremiah from the scroll.
When Micaiah son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the LORD from the scroll,
he went down to the secretary's7 room in the royal palace, where all the officials were sitting: Elishama the secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan8 son of Akbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials.913
After Micaiah told them everything he had heard Baruch read to the people from the scroll,
all the officials sent Jehudi10 son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to say to Baruch, "Bring the scroll11 from which you have read to the people and come." So Baruch son of Neriah went to them with the scroll in his hand.
They said to him, "Sit down, please, and read it to us." So Baruch read it to them.
When they heard all these words, they looked at each other in fear12 and said to Baruch, "We must report all these words to the king."
Then they asked Baruch, "Tell us, how did you come to write13 all this? Did Jeremiah dictate it?"
"Yes," Baruch replied, "he dictated14 all these words to me, and I wrote them in ink on the scroll."
Then the officials15 said to Baruch, "You and Jeremiah, go and hide.16 Don't let anyone know where you are."
After they put the scroll in the room of Elishama the secretary, they went to the king in the courtyard and reported everything to him.
The king sent Jehudi17 to get the scroll, and Jehudi brought it from the room of Elishama the secretary and read it to the king18 and all the officials standing beside him.
It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment,19 with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him.
Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll,20 the king cut them off with a scribe's knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire.2124
The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear,22 nor did they tear their clothes.2325
Even though Elnathan, Delaiah24 and Gemariah25 urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them.
Instead, the king commanded Jerahmeel, a son of the king, Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest26 Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet. But the LORD had hidden27 them.
After the king burned the scroll containing the words that Baruch had written at Jeremiah's dictation,28 the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
"Take another scroll29 and write on it all the words that were on the first scroll, which Jehoiakim king of Judah burned up.
Also tell Jehoiakim king of Judah, 'This is what the LORD says: You burned that scroll and said, "Why did you write on it that the king of Babylon would certainly come and destroy this land and wipe from it30 both people and animals?"3130
Therefore, this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim32 king of Judah: He will have no one to sit on the throne of David; his body will be thrown out33 and exposed34 to the heat by day and the frost by night.3531
I will punish him and his children36 and his attendants for their wickedness; I will bring on them and those living in Jerusalem and the people of Judah every disaster37 I pronounced against them, because they have not listened.38' "
So Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to the scribe Baruch son of Neriah, and as Jeremiah dictated,39 Baruch wrote40 on it all the words of the scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned41 in the fire. And many similar words were added to them.