The officials said to Baruch, "You and Jeremiah must hide yourselves and tell no one where you are."
Then they came to the king at the courtyard, having deposited the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and reported everything in the hearing of the king.
The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the scribe. Jehudi then read it in the hearing of the king and all the officials who were standing by the king.
Since it was the ninth month, the king was sitting in his winter quartersa with a fire burning in front of him.
As soon as Jehudi would read three or four columns, Jehoiakim would cut the scrollb with a scribe's knife and throw the columns into the blazing fire until the entire scroll was consumed by the fire in the brazier.
As they heard all these words, the king and all of his servants did not become terrified or tear their garments.
Even though Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah had urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them.
Then the king commanded Jerahmeel the king's son, Seraiah son of Azriel, and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the Lord had hidden them.