“Sit down and read the scroll to us,” the officials said, and Baruch did as they requested.
When they heard all the messages, they looked at one another in alarm. “We must tell the king what we have heard,” they said to Baruch.
“But first, tell us how you got these messages. Did they come directly from Jeremiah?”
So Baruch explained, “Jeremiah dictated them, and I wrote them down in ink, word for word, on this scroll.”
“You and Jeremiah should both hide,” the officials told Baruch. “Don’t tell anyone where you are!”
Then the officials left the scroll for safekeeping in the room of Elishama the secretary and went to tell the king what had happened.
The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll. Jehudi brought it from Elishama’s room and read it to the king as all his officials stood by.
It was late autumn, and the king was in a winterized part of the palace, sitting in front of a fire to keep warm.
Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up.
Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard.
Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, he wouldn’t listen.