Then Jeremiah told Baruch, "I am restricted; I cannot go to the LORD's temple.
So you go to the house of the LORD on a day of fasting1 and read to the people from the scroll the words of the LORD that you wrote as I dictated.2 Read them to all the people of Judah3 who come in from their towns.
Perhaps they will bring their petition4 before the LORD, and each will turn5 from his wicked ways, for the anger6 and wrath pronounced against this people by the LORD are great."
Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet told him to do; at the LORD's temple he read the words of the LORD from the scroll.
In the ninth month7 of the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, a time of fasting8 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 Gemariah9 son of Shaphan10 the secretary,11 which was in the upper courtyard at the entrance of the New Gate12 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's13 room in the royal palace, where all the officials were sitting: Elishama the secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan14 son of Acbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials.1513
After Micaiah told them everything he had heard Baruch read to the people from the scroll,
all the officials sent Jehudi16 son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to say to Baruch, "Bring the scroll17 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.