Message to Baruch
The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to s Baruch the son of Neriah, t when he wrote these words in a book at the dictation of Jeremiah, u in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
"Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch:
You said, v 'Woe is me! For the Lord has added sorrow to my pain. w I am weary with my groaning, x and I find no rest.'
Thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord: y Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up - that is, the whole land.
And z do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, a I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the Lord. But I will give you b your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go."
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
And I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my cousin, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard.
Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah, and Baruch wrote on a scroll at the dictation of Jeremiah all the words of the Lord that he had spoken to him.
Baruch answered them, "He dictated all these words to me, while I wrote them with ink on the scroll.
In the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord :
And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king's son and Seraiah the son of Azriel and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel to seize Baruch the secretary and Jeremiah the prophet, but the Lord hid them.
I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.
Judah has gone into exile because of affliction and hard servitude; she dwells now among the nations, but finds no resting place; her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress.
Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest.
And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring harm, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, declares the Lord.
And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
Psalms 131:1 - 2
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
All the kings of the north, far and near, one after another, and all the kingdoms of the world that are on the face of the earth. And after them the king of Babylon shall drink.
For behold, I begin to work disaster at the city that is called by my name, and shall you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth, declares the Lord of hosts.
He who stays in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out and surrenders to the Chaldeans who are besieging you shall live and shall have his life as a prize of war.
For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but you shall have your life as a prize of war, because you have put your trust in me, declares the Lord.'