Jeremiah

CHAPTER 45

A Message to Baruch.* 1The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch, son of Neriah, when he wrote on a scroll words from Jeremiah’s own mouth in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah:a 2Thus says the LORD, God of Israel, to you, Baruch. 3You said, “Woe is me! the LORD has added grief to my pain.b I have worn myself out with groaning; rest eludes me.” 4You must say this to him. Thus says the LORD: What I have built, I am tearing down; what I have planted, I am uprooting: all this land.c 5And you, do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them! I am bringing evil on all flesh—oracle of the LORD—but I will grant you your life as spoils of war, wherever you may go.d

* [45:15] At the conclusion of his narrative, Baruch appends a message Jeremiah had given him when he first wrote down Jeremiah’s words (cf. 36:4). The future revealed by the prophet overwhelmed Baruch; now he learns his own safety is assured, even though the Lord will destroy Judah.

a. [45:1] Jer 36:4, 18, 32.

b. [45:3] Lam 1:3; 5:5.

c. [45:4] Jer 18:7; Is 5:56.

d. [45:5] Jer 25:2629.

VIII. ORACLES AGAINST THE NATIONS*

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