35 The Lord spoke to Jeremiah when Jehoiakim 1 son of Josiah was ruling over Judah. 2 2 “Go to the Rechabite community. 3 Invite them to come into one of the side rooms 4 of the Lord’s temple and offer them some wine to drink.” 3 So I went and got Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah the grandson of Habazziniah, his brothers, all his sons, and all the rest of the Rechabite community. 4 I took them to the Lord’s temple. I took them into the room where the disciples of the prophet Hanan son of Igdaliah stayed. 5 That room was next to the one where the temple officers stayed and above the room where Maaseiah son of Shallum, one of the doorkeepers 6 of the temple, stayed. 5 Then I set cups and pitchers full of wine in front of the members of the Rechabite community and said to them, “Have some wine.” 7 6 But they answered, “We do not drink wine because our ancestor Jonadab son of Rechab commanded us not to. He told us, ‘You and your children must never drink wine. 7 Do not build houses. Do not plant crops. Do not plant a vineyard or own one. 8 Live in tents all your lives. If you do these things you will 9 live a long time in the land that you wander about on.’ 10 8 We and our wives and our sons and daughters have obeyed everything our ancestor Jonadab commanded us. We have never drunk wine. 11 9 We have not built any houses to live in. We do not own any vineyards, fields, or crops. 10 We have lived in tents. We have obeyed our ancestor Jonadab and done exactly as he commanded us. 12 11 But when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded the land we said, ‘Let’s get up and go to Jerusalem 13 to get away from the Babylonian 14 and Aramean armies.’ That is why we are staying here in Jerusalem.”
12 Then the Lord spoke to Jeremiah. 13 The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 15 told him, “Go and speak to the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. Tell them, 16 ‘I, the Lord, say: 17 “You must learn a lesson from this 18 about obeying what I say! 19 14 Jonadab son of Rechab ordered his descendants not to drink wine. His orders have been carried out. 20 To this day his descendants have drunk no wine because they have obeyed what their ancestor commanded them. But I 21 have spoken to you over and over again, 22 but you have not obeyed me! 15 I sent all my servants the prophets to warn you over and over again. They said, “Every one of you, stop doing the evil things you have been doing and do what is right. 23 Do not pay allegiance to other gods 24 and worship them. Then you can continue to live in this land that I gave to you and your ancestors.” But you did not pay any attention or listen to me. 16 Yes, 25 the descendants of Jonadab son of Rechab have carried out the orders that their ancestor gave them. But you people 26 have not obeyed me! 17 So I, the Lord, the God who rules over all, the God of Israel, say: 27 “I will soon bring on Judah and all the citizens of Jerusalem all the disaster that I threatened to bring on them. I will do this because I spoke to them but they did not listen. I called out to them but they did not answer.”’”
18 Then Jeremiah spoke to the Rechabite community, “The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 28 says, ‘You have obeyed the orders of your ancestor Jonadab. You have followed all his instructions. You have done exactly as he commanded you.’ 19 So the Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, ‘Jonadab son of Rechab will never lack a male descendant to serve me.’” 29
36 The Lord spoke to Jeremiah in the fourth year 1 that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was ruling over Judah. 2 2 “Get a scroll. 3 Write on it everything I have told you to say 4 about Israel, Judah, and all the other nations since I began to speak to you in the reign of Josiah until now. 5 3 Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about all the disaster I intend to bring on them, they will all stop doing the evil things they have been doing. 6 If they do, I will forgive their sins and the wicked things they have done.” 7
4 So Jeremiah summoned Baruch son of Neriah. Then Jeremiah dictated to Baruch everything the Lord had told him to say and Baruch wrote it all down in a scroll. 8 5 Then Jeremiah told Baruch, “I am no longer allowed to go 9 into the Lord’s temple. 6 So you go there the next time all the people of Judah come in from their towns to fast 10 in the Lord’s temple. Read out loud where all of them can hear you what I told you the Lord said, which you wrote in the scroll. 11 7 Perhaps then they will ask the Lord for mercy and will all stop doing the evil things they have been doing. 12 For the Lord has threatened to bring great anger and wrath against these people.” 13
8 So Baruch son of Neriah did exactly what the prophet Jeremiah had told him to do. He read what the Lord had said from the scroll in the temple of the Lord. 14 9 All the people living in Jerusalem 15 and all the people who came into Jerusalem from the towns of Judah came to observe a fast before the Lord. The fast took place in the ninth month of the fifth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was ruling over Judah. 16 10 At that time Baruch went into the temple of the Lord. He stood in the entrance of the room of Gemariah the son of Shaphan who had been the royal secretary. 17 That room was in the upper court 18 near the entrance of the New Gate. 19 There, where all the people could hear him, he read from the scroll what Jeremiah had said. 20
11 Micaiah, who was the son of Gemariah and the grandson of Shaphan, heard Baruch read from the scroll everything the Lord had said. 21 12 He went down to the chamber of the royal secretary in the king’s palace and found all the court officials in session there. Elishama 22 the royal secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor, 23 Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials were seated there. 13 Micaiah told them everything he had heard Baruch read from the scroll in the hearing of the people. 24 14 All the officials sent Jehudi, who was the son of Nethaniah and the grandson of Cushi, to Baruch. They ordered him to tell Baruch, “Come here and bring with you 25 the scroll you read in the hearing of the people.” 26 So Baruch son of Neriah went to them, carrying the scroll in his hand. 27 15 They said to him, “Please sit down and read it to us.” So Baruch sat down and read it to them. 28 16 When they had heard it all, 29 they expressed their alarm to one another. 30 Then they said to Baruch, “We must certainly give the king a report about everything you have read!” 31 17 Then they asked Baruch, “How did you come to write all these words? Do they actually come from Jeremiah’s mouth?” 32 18 Baruch answered, “Yes, they came from his own mouth. He dictated all these words to me and I wrote them down in ink on this scroll.” 33 19 Then the officials said to Baruch, “You and Jeremiah must go and hide. You must not let anyone know where you are.” 34
20 The officials put the scroll in the room of Elishama, the royal secretary, for safekeeping. 35 Then they went to the court and reported everything 36 to the king. 37 21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll. He went and got it from the room of Elishama, the royal secretary. Then he himself 38 read it to the king and all the officials who were standing around him. 22 Since it was the ninth month of the year, the king was sitting in his winter quarters. 39 A fire was burning in the firepot in front of him. 40 23 As soon as Jehudi had read three or four columns 41 of the scroll, the king 42 would cut them off with a penknife 43 and throw them on the fire in the firepot. He kept doing so until the whole scroll was burned up in the fire. 44 24 Neither he nor any of his attendants showed any alarm when they heard all that had been read. Nor did they tear their clothes to show any grief or sorrow. 45 25 The king did not even listen to Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah, who had urged him not to burn the scroll. 46 26 He also ordered Jerahmeel, who was one of the royal princes, 47 Seraiah son of Azriel, and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest the scribe Baruch and the prophet Jeremiah. However, the Lord hid them.
27 The Lord spoke to Jeremiah after Jehoiakim had burned the scroll containing what Jeremiah had spoken and Baruch had written down. 48 28 “Get another 49 scroll and write on it everything 50 that was written on the original scroll 51 that King Jehoiakim of Judah burned. 29 Tell King Jehoiakim of Judah, ‘The Lord says, “You burned the scroll. You asked 52 Jeremiah, ‘How dare you write in this scroll that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land and wipe out all the people and animals on it?’” 53 30 So the Lord says concerning King Jehoiakim of Judah, “None of his line will occupy the throne of David. 54 His dead body will be thrown out to be exposed to scorching heat by day and frost by night. 55 31 I will punish him and his descendants and the officials who serve him for the wicked things they have done. 56 I will bring on them, the citizens of Jerusalem, 57 and the people of Judah all the disaster that I threatened to do to them. I will punish them because I threatened them but they still paid no heed.”’” 58 32 Then Jeremiah got another scroll and gave it to the scribe Baruch son of Neriah. As Jeremiah dictated, Baruch wrote on this scroll everything that had been on the scroll that King Jehoiakim of Judah burned in the fire. They also added on this scroll several other messages of the same kind. 59
37 Zedekiah son of Josiah succeeded Jeconiah 1 son of Jehoiakim as king. He was elevated to the throne of the land of Judah by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. 2 2 Neither he nor the officials who served him nor the people of Judah paid any attention to what the Lord said through the prophet Jeremiah. 3
3 King Zedekiah sent 4 Jehucal 5 son of Shelemiah and the priest Zephaniah 6 son of Maaseiah to the prophet Jeremiah. He told them to say, “Please pray to the Lord our God on our behalf.” 4 (Now Jeremiah had not yet been put in prison. 7 So he was still free to come and go among the people as he pleased. 8 5 At that time the Babylonian forces 9 had temporarily given up their siege against Jerusalem. 10 They had had it under siege, but withdrew when they heard that the army of Pharaoh had set out from Egypt. 11 ) 6 The Lord gave the prophet Jeremiah a message for them. He told him to tell them, 12 7 “The Lord God of Israel says, ‘Give a message to the king of Judah who sent you to ask me to help him. 13 Tell him, “The army of Pharaoh that was on its way to help you will go back home to Egypt. 14 8 Then the Babylonian forces 15 will return. They will attack the city and will capture it and burn it down. 9 Moreover, I, the Lord, warn you not to deceive yourselves into thinking that the Babylonian forces 16 will go away and leave you alone. For they will not go away. 17 10 For even if you were to defeat all the Babylonian forces 18 fighting against you so badly that only wounded men were left lying in their tents, they would get up and burn this city down.”’” 19
11 The following events also occurred 20 while the Babylonian forces 21 had temporarily withdrawn from Jerusalem 22 because the army of Pharaoh was coming. 12 Jeremiah started to leave Jerusalem to go to the territory of Benjamin. He wanted to make sure he got his share of the property that was being divided up among his family there. 23 13 But he only got as far as the Benjamin Gate. 24 There an officer in charge of the guards named Irijah, 25 who was the son of Shelemiah and the grandson of Hananiah, stopped him. He seized Jeremiah and said, 26 “You are deserting to the Babylonians!” 27 14 Jeremiah answered, “That’s a lie! I am not deserting to the Babylonians.” 28 But Irijah would not listen to him. Irijah put Jeremiah under arrest and took him to the officials. 15 The officials were very angry 29 at Jeremiah. They had him flogged and put in prison in the house of Jonathan, the royal secretary, which they had converted into a place for confining prisoners. 30
16 So 31 Jeremiah was put in prison in a cell in the dungeon in Jonathan’s house. 32 He 33 was kept there for a long time. 17 Then King Zedekiah had him brought to the palace. There he questioned him privately and asked him, 34 “Is there any message from the Lord?” Jeremiah answered, “Yes, there is.” Then he announced, 35 “You will be handed over to the king of Babylon.” 36 18 Then Jeremiah asked King Zedekiah, “What crime have I committed against you, or the officials who serve you, or the people of Judah? What have I done to make you people throw me into prison? 37 19 Where now are the prophets who prophesied to you that 38 the king of Babylon would not attack you or this land? 20 But now please listen, your royal Majesty, 39 and grant my plea for mercy. 40 Do not send me back to the house of Jonathan, the royal secretary. If you do, I will die there.” 41 21 Then King Zedekiah ordered that Jeremiah be committed to the courtyard of the guardhouse. He also ordered that a loaf of bread 42 be given to him every day from the baker’s street until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah was kept 43 in the courtyard of the guardhouse.