It was December. The king was sitting in his winter quarters in front of a charcoal fire.
After Jehudi would read three or four columns, the king would cut them off the scroll with his pocketknife and throw them in the fire. He continued in this way until the entire scroll had been burned up in the fire.
Neither the king nor any of his officials showed the slightest twinge of conscience as they listened to the messages read.
Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah tried to convince the king not to burn the scroll, but he brushed them off.
He just plowed ahead and ordered Prince Jerahameel, Seraiah son of Azriel, and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Jeremiah the prophet and his secretary Baruch. But God had hidden them away.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.