In the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, all the people of Jerusalem and all those coming in from Judah's cities into Jerusalem proclaimed a fast before the Lord.
Then at the Lord's temple, in the chamber of Gemariah son of Shaphan the scribe,a in the upper courtyard at the opening of the New Gateb of the Lord's temple, in the hearing of all the people, Baruch read Jeremiah's words from the scroll.
When Micaiah son of Gemariah, son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the Lord from the scroll,
he went down to the scribe's chamber in the king's palace. All the officials were sitting there-Elishama the scribe, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials.
Micaiah reported to them all the words he had heard when Baruch read from the scroll in the hearing of the people.
Then all the officials sent [word] to Baruch through Jehudi son of Nethaniah, son of Shelemiah, son of Cushi, saying, "Bring the scroll that you read in the hearing of the people, and come." So Baruch son of Neriah took the scroll and went to them.
They said to him, "Sit down and read [it] in our hearing." So Baruch read [it] in their hearing.
When they had heard all the words, they turned to each other in fear and said to Baruch, "We must surely tell the king all these things."
Then they asked Baruch, "Tell us-how did you write all these words? At his dictation?"c18
Baruch said to them, "At his dictation.d He recited all these words to me while I was writing on the scroll in ink."