In the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, 2
in the ninth month, all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem 3
proclaimed a fast before the LORD.
Then, in the hearing of all the people, Baruch read the words of Jeremiah from the scroll, in the house of the LORD, in 4
the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the secretary, which was in the upper court, at the entry of the New Gate of the LORD's house.
When Micaiah the son of Gemariah, son of 5
Shaphan, heard all the words of the LORD from the scroll,
he went down to the king's house, into the secretary's chamber, and 6
all the officials were sitting there: 7
Elishama the secretary, 8
Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, 9
the son of Achbor, 11
Gemariah the son of 12
Shaphan, Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the officials.
And Micaiah told them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the scroll in the hearing of the people.
Then all the officials sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, son of 13
Shelemiah, son of Cushi, to say to Baruch, "Take in your hand the scroll that you read in the hearing of the people, and come." So Baruch the son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand and came to them.
And they said to him, "Sit down and read it." So Baruch read it to them.
When they heard all the words, they turned one to another in fear. And they said to Baruch, 14
"We must report all these words to the king."
Then they asked Baruch, "Tell us, please, how did you write all these words? Was it at his dictation?"
Baruch answered them, "He dictated all these words to me, 15
while I wrote them with ink on the scroll."
Then the officials said to Baruch, "Go and hide, you and Jeremiah, and let no one know where you are."
So they went into the court to the king, having put the scroll in 16
the chamber of Elishama the secretary, and they reported all the words to the king.
Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the secretary. And Jehudi read it to the king and all the officials who stood beside the king.
It was 17
the ninth month, and the king was sitting in 18
the winter house, and there was a fire burning in the fire pot before him.
As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king would cut them off with a knife and throw them into the fire in the fire pot, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the fire pot.
neither the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words was afraid, 20
nor did they tear their garments.
Even when 21
Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah 22
urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them.
And the king commanded Jerahmeel the 23
king's son and Seraiah the son of Azriel and 24
Shelemiah the son of Abdeel to seize 25
Baruch the secretary and Jeremiah the prophet, but the LORD hid them.
Now after the king had burned the scroll with the words that Baruch wrote at Jeremiah's dictation, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
"Take another scroll and write on it all the former words that were in the first scroll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned.
And concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah you shall say, 'Thus says the LORD, You have burned this scroll, saying, 26
"Why have you written in it that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and will cut off from it man and beast?"
Therefore thus says the LORD concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: 27
He shall have none 28
to sit on the throne of David, 29
and his dead body shall be cast out to the heat by day and the frost by night.
And I will punish him and his offspring and his servants for their iniquity. I will bring upon them and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem and upon the people of Judah all the disaster that I have pronounced against them, but they would not hear.'"
Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to 31
Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah, who 32
wrote on it at the dictation of Jeremiah all the words of the scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire. And many similar words were added to them.