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A Message for Baruch

45 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch, the son of Neriah, at his writing these words on a scroll from the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, the king of Judah, saying,[a] “Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch: ‘You said, “Woe please to me, for Yahweh has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary in my groaning and I do not find rest.”’ Thus you will say to him: ‘Thus says Yahweh, “Look, what I have built I am about to tear down, and what I have planted I am about to pluck up, it is all the land. And you, do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek great things,[b] for look, I am about to bring disaster upon all flesh,” declares[c] Yahweh, “but to you I will give your life as booty in all the places where you may go.”’”


  1. Jeremiah 45:1 Literally “to say”
  2. Jeremiah 45:5 Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
  3. Jeremiah 45:5 Literally “a declaration of”