Jeremiah 36

1The message from the Lord came to Jeremiah. This was during the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah. This was the message from the Lord: 2“Jeremiah, get a scroll and write on it all the messages I have spoken to you. I have spoken to you about the nations of Israel and Judah and all the nations. Write all the words that I have spoken to you from the time that Josiah was king, until now. 3Maybe the family of Judah will hear what I am planning to do to them. And maybe they will stop doing bad things. If they will do that, I will forgive them for the bad sins they have done.” 4So Jeremiah called a man named Baruch. Baruch was the son of Neriah. Jeremiah spoke the messages the Lord had given him. While Jeremiah spoke, Baruch wrote those messages on the scroll. 5Then Jeremiah said to Baruch, “I can’t go to the Lord’s temple. I am not allowed to go there. 6So I want you to go to the temple of the Lord. Go there on a day of fasting and read to the people from the scroll. Read to the people the messages from the Lord that you wrote on the scroll as I spoke them to you. Read those messages to all the people of Judah that come into Jerusalem from the towns where they live. 7Perhaps those people will ask the Lord to help them. Perhaps each person will stop doing bad things. The Lord has announced that he is very angry with those people.” 8So Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet told him to do. Baruch read aloud the scroll that had the Lord’s messages written on it. He read it in the Lord’s temple. 9In the ninth month of the fifth year that Jehoiakim was king, a fast was announced. All the people that lived in the city of Jerusalem, and everyone that had come into Jerusalem from the towns of Judah were supposed to fast before the Lord. 10At that time, Baruch read the scroll that contained Jeremiah’s words. He read the scroll in the temple of the Lord. Baruch read the scroll to all the people that were in the Lord’s temple. Baruch was in the room of Gemariah in the upper courtyard when he read from the scroll. That room was located at the entrance of the New Gate of the temple. Gemariah was the son of Shaphan. Gemariah was a scribe in the temple. 11A man named Micaiah heard all the messages from the Lord that Baruch read from the scroll. Micaiah was the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan. 12When Micaiah heard the messages from the scroll, he went down to the secretary’s room in the king’s palace. All of the royal officials were sitting there in the king’s palace. These are the names of those officials: Elishama the secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Acbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah; and all the other royal officials were there too. 13Micaiah told those officials everything he had heard Baruch read from the scroll. 14Then all those officials sent a man named Jehudi to Baruch. Jehudi was the son of Nethaniah, son of Shelemiah. Shelemiah was the son of Cushi. Jehudi said to Baruch, “Bring the scroll that you read from and come with me.” Baruch son of Neriah took the scroll and went with Jehudi to the officials. 15Then those officials said to Baruch, “Sit down and read the scroll to us.” So Baruch read the scroll to them. 16Those royal officials heard all the messages from the scroll. Then they became afraid, and they looked at one another. They said to Baruch, “We must tell King Jehoiakim about these messages on the scroll.” 17Then the officials asked Baruch a question. They said, “Tell us, Baruch, where did you get these messages that you wrote on the scroll? Did you write down the things Jeremiah spoke to you?” 18“Yes,” Baruch answered. “Jeremiah spoke, and I wrote down all the messages with ink on this scroll.” 19Then the royal officials said to Baruch, “You and Jeremiah must go and hide. Don’t tell anyone where you are hiding.” 20Then the royal officials put the scroll in the room of Elishama the scribe. They went to King Jehoiakim and told him all about the scroll. 21So King Jehoiakim sent Jehudi to get the scroll. Jehudi brought the scroll from the room of Elishama the scribe. Then Jehudi read the scroll to the king and all of the servants that stood around the king. 22The time this happened was in the ninth month, so King Jehoiakim was sitting in the winter apartment. There was a fire burning in a small fireplace in front of the king. 23Jehudi began to read from the scroll. But whenever he would read two or three columns, King Jehoiakim would grab the scroll. Then he would cut those columns off of the scroll with a small knife and throw them into the fireplace. Finally, the whole scroll was burned in the fire. 24And, when King Jehoiakim and his servants heard the message from the scroll, they were not afraid. They didn’t tear their clothes to show sorrow for doing wrong. 25Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah tried to talk King Jehoiakim into not burning the scroll But the king would not listen to them. 26And King Jehoiakim commanded some men to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet. Those men were Jerahmeel, a son of the king, Seraiah son of Azriel, and Shelemiah son of Abdeel. But those men could not find Baruch and Jeremiah, because the Lord had hidden them. 27The message from the Lord came to Jeremiah. This happened after King Jehoiakim burned the scroll that had contained all the messages from the Lord. Jeremiah had spoken to Baruch, and Baruch had written the messages on the scroll. This was the message from the Lord that came to Jeremiah: 28“Jeremiah, get another scroll. Write all the messages on it that were on the first scroll. That is the scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah burned. 29Jeremiah, also say this to Jehoiakim king of Judah, 'This is what the Lord says: Jehoiakim, you burned that scroll. You said, “Why did Jeremiah write that the king of Babylon will surely come and destroy this land? Why did he say that the king of Babylon will destroy both men and animals in this land?” 30So, this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim king of Judah: Jehoiakim’s descendants will not sit on David’s throne. When Jehoiakim dies, he will not get a king’s funeral, but his body will be thrown out on the ground. His body will be left out in the heat of the day and the cold frost of the night. 31I, the Lord, will punish Jehoiakim and his children. And I will punish his officials. I will do this because they are wicked. I have promised to bring terrible disasters on them and on all the people that live in Jerusalem and on the people from Judah. I will bring all the bad things on them, just as I promised, because they have not listened to me.’” 32Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to Baruch son of Neriah, the scribe. As Jeremiah spoke, Baruch wrote on the scroll the same messages that were on the scroll that King Jehoiakim had burned in the fire. And many other words like those messages were added to the second scroll.

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