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] And these are the words of the book, which Baruch the
son of Nerias, the son of Maasias, the son of Sedecias, the son of Asadias, the
son of Chelcias, wrote in Babylon,
] In the fifth year, and in the
seventh day of the month, what time as the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burnt
it with fire.
] And Baruch did read the words of this book in the
hearing of Jechonias the son of Joachim king of Juda, and in the ears of all the
people that came to hear the book,
] And in the hearing of the
nobles, and of the king's sons, and in the hearing of the elders, and of all the
people, from the lowest unto the highest, even of all them that dwelt at Babylon
by the river Sud.
] Whereupon they wept, fasted, and prayed before
] They made also a collection of money according to every
] And they sent it to Jerusalem unto Joachim the high
priest, the son of Chelcias, son of Salom, and to the priests, and to all the
people which were found with him at Jerusalem,
] At the same time
when he received the vessels of the house of the Lord, that were carried out of
the temple, to return them into the land of Juda, the tenth day of the month
Sivan, namely, silver vessels, which Sedecias the son of Josias king of Jada had
] After that Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had carried away
Jechonias, and the princes, and the captives, and the mighty men, and the people
of the land, from Jerusalem, and brought them unto Babylon.
they said, Behold, we have sent you money to buy you burnt offerings, and sin
offerings, and incense, and prepare ye manna, and offer upon the altar of the
Lord our God;
] And pray for the life of Nabuchodonosor king of
Babylon, and for the life of Balthasar his son, that their days may be upon
earth as the days of heaven:
] And the Lord will give us strength,
and lighten our eyes, and we shall live under the shadow of Nabuchodonosor king
of Babylon, and under the shadow of Balthasar his son, and we shall serve them
many days, and find favour in their sight.
] Pray for us also unto
the Lord our God, for we have sinned against the Lord our God; and unto this day
the fury of the Lord and his wrath is not turned from us.
] And ye
shall read this book which we have sent unto you, to make confession in the
house of the Lord, upon the feasts and solemn days.
] And ye shall
say, To the Lord our God belongeth righteousness, but unto us the confusion of
faces, as it is come to pass this day, unto them of Juda, and to the inhabitants
] And to our kings, and to our princes, and to our
priests, and to our prophets, and to our fathers:
] For we have
sinned before the Lord,
] And disobeyed him, and have not hearkened
unto the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in the commandments that he gave us
] Since the day that the Lord brought our forefathers out
of the land of Egypt, unto this present day, we have been disobedient unto the
Lord our God, and we have been negligent in not hearing his
] Wherefore the evils cleaved unto us, and the curse, which
the Lord appointed by Moses his servant at the time that he brought our fathers
out of the land of Egypt, to give us a land that floweth with milk and honey,
like as it is to see this day.
] Nevertheless we have not hearkened
unto the voice of the Lord our God, according unto all the words of the
prophets, whom he sent unto us:
] But every man followed the
imagination of his own wicked heart, to serve strange gods, and to do evil in
the sight of the Lord our God.
] Therefore the Lord hath made good his word, which he
pronounced against us, and against our judges that judged Israel, and against
our kings, and against our princes, and against the men of Israel and
] To bring upon us great plagues, such as never happened under
the whole heaven, as it came to pass in Jerusalem, according to the things that
were written in the law of Moses;
] That a man should eat the flesh
of his own son, and the flesh of his own daughter.
] Moreover he
hath delivered them to be in subjection to all the kingdoms that are round about
us, to be as a reproach and desolation among all the people round about, where
the Lord hath scattered them.
] Thus we were cast down, and not
exalted, because we have sinned against the Lord our God, and have not been
obedient unto his voice.
] To the Lord our God appertaineth
righteousness: but unto us and to our fathers open shame, as appeareth this
] For all these plagues are come upon us, which the Lord hath
pronounced against us
] Yet have we not prayed before the Lord, that
we might turn every one from the imaginations of his wicked heart.
Wherefore the Lord watched over us for evil, and the Lord hath brought it upon
us: for the Lord is righteous in all his works which he hath commanded
] Yet we have not hearkened unto his voice, to walk in the
commandments of the Lord, that he hath set before us.
] And now, O
Lord God of Israel, that hast brought thy people out of the land of Egypt with a
mighty hand, and high arm, and with signs, and with wonders, and with great
power, and hast gotten thyself a name, as appeareth this day:
Lord our God, we have sinned, we have done ungodly, we have dealt unrighteously
in all thine ordinances.
] Let thy wrath turn from us: for we are
but a few left among the heathen, where thou hast scattered us.
Hear our prayers, O Lord, and our petitions, and deliver us for thine own sake,
and give us favour in the sight of them which have led us away:
That all the earth may know that thou art the Lord our God, because Israel and
his posterity is called by thy name.
] O Lord, look down from thine
holy house, and consider us: bow down thine ear, O Lord, to hear
] Open thine eyes, and behold; for the dead that are in the
graves, whose souls are taken from their bodies, will give unto the Lord neither
praise nor righteousness:
] But the soul that is greatly vexed,
which goeth stooping and feeble, and the eyes that fail, and the hungry soul,
will give thee praise and righteousness, O Lord.
] Therefore we do
not make our humble supplication before thee, O Lord our God, for the
righteousness of our fathers, and of our kings.
] For thou hast
sent out thy wrath and indignation upon us, as thou hast spoken by thy servants
the prophets, saying,
] Thus saith the Lord, Bow down your
shoulders to serve the king of Babylon: so shall ye remain in the land that I
gave unto your fathers.
] But if ye will not hear the voice of the
Lord, to serve the king of Babylon,
] I will cause to cease out of
the cites of Judah, and from without Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the
voice of joy, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: and the
whole land shall be desolate of inhabitants.
] But we would not
hearken unto thy voice, to serve the king of Babylon: therefore hast thou made
good the words that thou spakest by thy servants the prophets, namely, that the
bones of our kings, and the bones of our fathers, should be taken out of their
] And, lo, they are cast out to the heat of the day, and to
the frost of the night, and they died in great miseries by famine, by sword, and
] And the house which is called by thy name hast
thou laid waste, as it is to be seen this day, for the wickedness of the house
of Israel and the house of Juda.
] O Lord our God, thou hast dealt
with us after all thy goodness, and according to all that great mercy of
] As thou spakest by thy servant Moses in the day when thou
didst command him to write the law before the children of Israel,
] If ye will not hear my voice, surely this very great
multitude shall be turned into a small number among the nations, where I will
] For I knew that they would not hear me, because it
is a stiffnecked people: but in the land of their captivities they shall
] And shall know that I am the Lord their God:
for I will give them an heart, and ears to hear:
] And they shall
praise me in the land of their captivity, and think upon my name,
And return from their stiff neck, and from their wicked deeds: for they shall
remember the way of their fathers, which sinned before the Lord.
And I will bring them again into the land which I promised with an oath unto
their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and they shall be lords of it: and I
will increase them, and they shall not be diminished.
] And I will
make an everlasting covenant with them to be their God, and they shall be my
people: and I will no more drive my people of Israel out of the land that I have
] O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, the soul in anguish the
troubled spirit, crieth unto thee.
] Hear, O Lord, and have mercy;
ar thou art merciful: and have pity upon us, because we have sinned before
] For thou endurest for ever, and we perish
] O Lord Almighty, thou God of Israel, hear now the prayers
of the dead Israelites, and of their children, which have sinned before thee,
and not hearkened unto the voice of thee their God: for the which cause these
plagues cleave unto us.
] Remember not the iniquities of our
forefathers: but think upon thy power and thy name now at this
] For thou art the Lord our God, and thee, O Lord, will we
] And for this cause thou hast put thy fear in our hearts,
to the intent that we should call upon thy name, and praise thee in our
captivity: for we have called to mind all the iniquity of our forefathers, that
sinned before thee.
] Behold, we are yet this day in our captivity,
where thou hast scattered us, for a reproach and a curse, and to be subject to
payments, according to all the iniquities of our fathers, which departed from
the Lord our God.
] Hear, Israel, the commandments of life: give ear
to understand wisdom.
] How happeneth it Israel, that thou art in
thine enemies' land, that thou art waxen old in a strange country, that thou art
defiled with the dead,
] That thou art counted with them that go
down into the grave?
] Thou hast forsaken the fountain of
] For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou
shouldest have dwelled in peace for ever.
] Learn where is wisdom,
where is strength, where is understanding; that thou mayest know also where is
length of days, and life, where is the light of the eyes, and
] Who hath found out her place? or who hath come into her
] Where are the princes of the heathen become, and such
as ruled the beasts upon the earth;
] They that had their pastime
with the fowls of the air, and they that hoarded up silver and gold, wherein men
trust, and made no end of their getting?
] For they that wrought in
silver, and were so careful, and whose works are unsearchable,
They are vanished and gone down to the grave, and others are come up in their
] Young men have seen light, and dwelt upon the earth: but
the way of knowledge have they not known,
] Nor understood the
paths thereof, nor laid hold of it: their children were far off from that
] It hath not been heard of in Chanaan, neither hath it been
seen in Theman.
] The Agarenes that seek wisdom upon earth, the
merchants of Meran and of Theman, the authors of fables, and searchers out of
understanding; none of these have known the way of wisdom, or remember her
] O Israel, how great is the house of God! and how large is
the place of his possession!
] Great, and hath none end; high, and
] There were the giants famous from the beginning,
that were of so great stature, and so expert in war.
] Those did
not the Lord choose, neither gave he the way of knowledge unto
] But they were destroyed, because they had no wisdom, and
perished through their own foolishness.
] Who hath gone up into
heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds?
hath gone over the sea, and found her, and will bring her for pure
] No man knoweth her way, nor thinketh of her
] But he that knoweth all things knoweth her, and hath found
her out with his understanding: he that prepared the earth for evermore hath
filled it with fourfooted beasts:
] He that sendeth forth light,
and it goeth, calleth it again, and it obeyeth him with fear.
stars shined in their watches, and rejoiced: when he calleth them, they say,
Here we be; and so with cheerfulness they shewed light unto him that made
] This is our God, and there shall none other be accounted of
in comparison of him
] He hath found out all the way of knowledge,
and hath given it unto Jacob his servant, and to Israel his
] Afterward did he shew himself upon earth, and conversed
] This is the book of the commandments of God, and the
law that endureth for ever: all they that keep it shall come to life; but such
as leave it shall die.
] Turn thee, O Jacob, and take hold of it:
walk in the presence of the light thereof, that thou mayest be
] Give not thine honour to another, nor the things that
are profitable unto thee to a strange nation.
] O Israel, happy are
we: for things that are pleasing to God are made known unto us.
of good cheer, my people, the memorial of Israel.
] Ye were sold to
the nations, not for [your] destruction: but because ye moved God to wrath, ye
were delivered unto the enemies.
] For ye provoked him that made you
by sacrificing unto devils, and not to God.
] Ye have forgotten the
everlasting God, that brought you up; and ye have grieved Jerusalem, that nursed
] For when she saw the wrath of God coming upon you, she said,
Hearken, O ye that dwell about Sion: God hath brought upon me great
] For I saw the captivity of my sons and daughters, which
the Everlasting brought upon them.
] With joy did I nourish them;
but sent them away with weeping and mourning.
] Let no man rejoice
over me, a widow, and forsaken of many, who for the sins of my children am left
desolate; because they departed from the law of God.
] They knew
not his statutes, nor walked in the ways of his commandments, nor trod in the
paths of discipline in his righteousness.
] Let them that dwell
about Sion come, and remember ye the captivity of my sons and daughters, which
the Everlasting hath brought upon them.
] For he hath brought a
nation upon them from far, a shameless nation, and of a strange language, who
neither reverenced old man, nor pitied child.
] These have carried
away the dear beloved children of the widow, and left her that was alone
desolate without daughters.
] But what can I help
] For he that brought these plagues upon you will deliver you
from the hands of your enemies.
] Go your way, O my children, go
your way: for I am left desolate.
] I have put off the clothing of
peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer: I will cry unto the
Everlasting in my days.
] Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto
the Lord, and he will deliver you from the power and hand of the
] For my hope is in the Everlasting, that he will save
you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall
soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour.
] For I sent
you out with mourning and weeping: but God will give you to me again with joy
and gladness for ever.
] Like as now the neighbours of Sion have
seen your captivity: so shall they see shortly your salvation from our God which
shall come upon you with great glory, and brightness of the
] My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come
upon you from God: for thine enemy hath persecuted thee; but shortly thou shalt
see his destruction, and shalt tread upon his neck.
] My delicate
ones have gone rough ways, and were taken away as a flock caught of the
] Be of good comfort, O my children, and cry unto God: for
ye shall be remembered of him that brought these things upon you.
For as it was your mind to go astray from God: so, being returned, seek him ten
] For he that hath brought these plagues upon you shall
bring you everlasting joy with your salvation.
] Take a good heart,
O Jerusalem: for he that gave thee that name will comfort thee.
Miserable are they that afflicted thee, and rejoiced at thy fall.
Miserable are the cities which thy children served: miserable is she that
received thy sons.
] For as she rejoiced at thy ruin, and was glad
of thy fall: so shall she be grieved for her own desolation.
I will take away the rejoicing of her great multitude, and her pride shall be
turned into mourning.
] For fire shall come upon her from the
Everlasting, long to endure; and she shall be inhabited of devils for a great
] O Jerusalem, look about thee toward the east, and behold
the joy that cometh unto thee from God.
] Lo, thy sons come, whom
thou sentest away, they come gathered together from the east to the west by the
word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the glory of God.
] Put off, O Jerusalem, the garment of mourning and
affliction, and put on the comeliness of the glory that cometh from God for
] Cast about thee a double garment of the righteousness which
cometh from God; and set a diadem on thine head of the glory of the
] For God will shew thy brightness unto every country
] For thy name shall be called of God for ever The
peace of righteousness, and The glory of God's worship.
] Arise, O
Jerusalem, and stand on high, and look about toward the east, and behold thy
children gathered from the west unto the east by the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing in the remembrance of God.
] For they departed from thee
on foot, and were led away of their enemies: but God bringeth them unto thee
exalted with glory, as children of the kingdom.
] For God hath
appointed that every high hill, and banks of long continuance, should be cast
down, and valleys filled up, to make even the ground, that Israel may go safely
in the glory of God,
] Moreover even the woods and every
sweetsmelling tree shall overshadow Israel by the commandment of
] For God shall lead Israel with joy in the light of his glory
with the mercy and righteousness that cometh from him.