Jeremiah causeth Baruch to write his prophecy,
Jeremiah 36:1 And in the fourth yeere of Iehoiakim the sonne of Iosiah King of Iudah, came this word vnto Ieremiah from the Lord, saying, Jeremiah 36:2 Take thee a roule or booke, and write therein all the wordes that I haue spoken to thee against Israel, and against Iudah, and against all the nations, from the day that I spake vnto thee, euen from the dayes of Iosiah vnto this day. Jeremiah 36:3 It may bee that the House of Iudah will heare of all the euill, which I determined to doe vnto them that they may returne euery man from his euil way, that I may forgiue their iniquitie and their sinnes. Jeremiah 36:4 Then Ieremiah called Baruch the sonne of Neriah, and Baruch wrote at the mouth of Ieremiah all the wordes of the Lorde, which hee had spoken vnto him, vpon a roule or booke.
and publickly to read it.
Jeremiah 36:5 And Ieremiah commaunded Baruch, saying, I am shut vp, and can not go into the House of the Lord. Jeremiah 36:6 Therefore goe thou, and reade the roule wherein thou hast written at my mouth the words of the Lorde in the audience of the people in the Lordes House vpon the fasting day: also thou shalt reade them in the hearing of all Iudah, that come out of their cities. Jeremiah 36:7 It may be that they will pray before the Lorde, and euery one returne from his euill way, for great is the anger and the wrath, that the Lord hath declared against this people. Jeremiah 36:8 So Baruch the sonne of Neriah did according vnto all, that Ieremiah the Prophet commanded him, reading in the booke the wordes of the Lord in the Lords House. Jeremiah 36:9 And in the fift yeere of Iehoiakim the sonne of Iosiah King of Iudah, in the ninth moneth, they proclaimed a fast before the Lord to all the people in Ierusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Iudah vnto Ierusalem. Jeremiah 36:10 Then read Baruch in the booke the wordes of Ieremiah in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah the sonne of Shaphan the secretarie, in the hier court at the entrie of the new gate of the Lordes house, in the hearing of all the people.
The princes, having intelligence thereof by Michaiah, send Jehudi to fetch the roll, and read it.
Jeremiah 36:11 When Michaiah the sonne of Gemariah, the sonne of Shaphan had heard out of the booke all the wordes of the Lord, Jeremiah 36:12 Then hee went downe to the Kings house into the Chancellours chamber, and loe, all the princes sate there, euen Elishama the Chancellour, and Delaiah the sonne of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the sonne of Achbor, and Gemariah the sonne of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the sonne of Hananiah, and all the princes. Jeremiah 36:13 Then Michaiah declared vnto them all the wordes that he had heard when Baruch read in the booke in the audience of the people. Jeremiah 36:14 Therefore all the princes sent Iehudi the sonne of Nethaniah, the sonne of Shelemiah, the sonne of Chushi, vnto Baruch, saying, Take in thine hande the roule, wherein thou hast read in the audience of the people, and come. So Baruch the sonne of Neriah, tooke the roule in his hand, and came vnto them. Jeremiah 36:15 And they saide vnto him, Sit downe now, and reade it, that we may heare. So Baruch read it in their audience. Jeremiah 36:16 Now when they had heard all the wordes, they were afraid both one and other, & said vnto Baruch, We will certifie the King of all these wordes. Jeremiah 36:17 And they examined Baruch, saying, Tell vs nowe, howe diddest thou write all these wordes at his mouth? Jeremiah 36:18 Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these wordes vnto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ynke in the booke.
They will Baruch to hide himself and Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 36:19 Then saide the princes vnto Baruch, Goe, hide thee, thou and Ieremiah, and let no man knowe where ye be.
The king Jehoiakim, being certified thereof, heareth part of it, and burneth the roll.
Jeremiah 36:20 And they went in to the King to the court, but they layde vp the roule in the chamber of Elishama the Chancellour and tolde the King all the wordes, that he might heare. Jeremiah 36:21 So the King sent Iehudi to fet the roule, and he tooke it out of Elishama the Chancellours chamber, and Iehudi read it in the audience of the King, and in the audience of all the princes, which stoode beside the King. Jeremiah 36:22 Nowe the King sate in the winter House, in the ninth moneth, and there was a fire burning before him. Jeremiah 36:23 And when Iehudi had read three, or foure sides, hee cut it with the penknife and cast it into the fire, that was on the hearth vntil all the roule was consumed in the fire, that was on the hearth. Jeremiah 36:24 Yet they were not afraide, nor rent their garmets, neither the King, nor any of his seruants, that heard all these wordes. Jeremiah 36:25 Neuerthelesse, Elnathan, and Delaiah, and Gemariah had besought the King, that he would not burne ye roule: but he would not heare them. Jeremiah 36:26 But the King commaunded Ierahmeel the sonne of Hammelech, and Seraiah the sonne of Azriel, and Shelemiah the sonne of Abdiel, to take Baruch the scribe, and Ieremiah the Prophet, but the Lord hid them.
Jeremiah denounceth his judgment.
Jeremiah 36:27 Then the word of the Lord came to Ieremiah (after that the King had burnt the roule and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Ieremiah) saying, Jeremiah 36:28 Take thee againe another roule and write in it all ye former words that were in the first roule which Iehoiakim the King of Iudah hath burnt, Jeremiah 36:29 And thou shalt say to Iehoiakim King of Iudah, Thus saith the Lorde, Thou hast burnt this roule, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, that the King of Babel shal certainly come and destroye this land, and shall take thence both man and beast? Jeremiah 36:30 Therefore thus saith the Lorde of Iehoiakim King of Iudah, Hee shall haue none to sit vpon the throne of Dauid, and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heate, and in the night to the frost. Jeremiah 36:31 And I will visite him and his seede, and his seruants for their iniquitie, and I will bring vpon them, and vpon the inhabitants of Ierusalem, and vpo the men of Iudah all the euil that I haue pronounced against them: but they would not heare.
Baruch writeth a new copy.
Jeremiah 36:32 Then tooke Ieremiah another roule, and gaue it Baruch the scribe the sonne of Neriah, which wrote therein at the mouth of Ieremiah all the wordes of the booke which Iehoiakim King of Iudah had burnt in the fire, and there were added besides them many like wordes.