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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 604 B.C. Jeremiah 36.1-10. Baruch Reads Jeremiah’s Words in the Temple

December 604 B.C. Jeremiah 36.1-10.  Baruch Reads Jeremiah’s Words in the Temple.


1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

36 Baruch writeth as Jeremiah inditeth, the book of the curses against Judah and Israel. 9 He is sent with the book unto the people, and readeth it before them all. 14 He is called before the rulers, and readeth it before them also. 23 The king casteth it in the fire. 28 There is another written at the commandment of the Lord.

And in the fourth [a]year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

Take thee a roll or book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken to thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day that I spake unto thee, even [b]from the days of Josiah unto this day.

It may be that the house of Judah will hear of all the evil, which I determined to do unto them, that they may return every man from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sins.

Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah, and Baruch wrote [c]at the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Lord, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll or book.

And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am [d]shut up, and cannot go into the House of the Lord.

Therefore go thou, and read the roll wherein thou hast written at my mouth the words of the Lord, in the audience of the people in the Lord’s house upon the [e]fasting day: also thou shalt read them in the hearing of all Judah, that come out of their cities.

It may be that they will [f]pray before the Lord, and everyone return from his evil way, for great is the anger and the wrath that the Lord hath declared against this people.

So Baruch the son of Neriah did according unto all, that Jeremiah the Prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the Lord in the Lord’s house.

¶ And in the fifth [g]year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah King of Judah, in the ninth month, they proclaimed a fast before the Lord to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.

10 Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the Secretary, in the higher court at the entry of the [h]new gate of the Lord’s house in the hearing of all the people.


  1. Jeremiah 36:2 Which were twenty and three years, as Jer. 25:3, counting from the thirteenth year of Josiah’s reign.
  2. Jeremiah 36:4 As he did indite.
  3. Jeremiah 36:5 Meaning, in prison, through the malice of the Priests.
  4. Jeremiah 36:6 Which was proclaimed for fear of the Babylonians, as their custom was when they feared war, or any great plague of God.
  5. Jeremiah 36:7 He showeth that fasting without prayer and repentance, availeth nothing, but is mere hypocrisy.
  6. Jeremiah 36:9 The fast was then proclaimed, and Baruch read this rule, which was a little before that Jerusalem was first taken, and then Jehoiakim, and Daniel and his companions were led away captives.
  7. Jeremiah 36:10 Which is the East gate of the Temple.

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