1 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,
2 In the fifth year, and in the seventh day of the month, what
time as the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burnt it with fire.
3 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,
4 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.
5 Whereupon they wept, fasted, and prayed before the Lord.
6 They made also a collection of money according to every man's
7 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,
8 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
9 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.
10 And 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;
11 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:
12 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.
13 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.
14 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
15 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 of
16 And to our kings, and to our princes, and to our priests, and
to our prophets, and to our fathers:
17 For we have sinned before the Lord,
18 And disobeyed him, and have not hearkened unto the voice of
the Lord our God, to walk in the commandments that he gave us
19 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 voice.
20 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.
21 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:
22 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.
1 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 Juda,
2 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;
3 That a man should eat the flesh of his own son, and the flesh
of his own daughter.
4 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
5 Thus we were cast down, and not exalted, because we have
sinned against the Lord our God, and have not been obedient unto
6 To the Lord our God appertaineth righteousness but unto us and
to our fathers open shame, as appeareth this day.
7 For all these plagues are come upon us, which the Lord hath
pronounced against us
8 Yet have we not prayed before the Lord, that we might turn
every one from the imaginations of his wicked heart.
9 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 us.
10 Yet we have not hearkened unto his voice, to walk in the
commandments of the Lord, that he hath set before us.
11 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:
12 O Lord our God, we have sinned, we have done ungodly, we have
dealt unrighteously in all thine ordinances.
13 Let thy wrath turn from us for we are but a few left among
the heathen, where thou hast scattered us.
14 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:
15 That all the earth may know that thou art the Lord our God,
because Israel and his posterity is called by thy name.
16 O Lord, look down from thine holy house, and consider us bow
down thine ear, O Lord, to hear us.
17 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:
18 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.
19 Therefore we do not make our humble supplication before thee,
O Lord our God, for the righteousness of our fathers, and of our
20 For thou hast sent out thy wrath and indignation upon us, as
thou hast spoken by thy servants the prophets, saying,
21 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
22 But if ye will not hear the voice of the Lord, to serve the
king of Babylon,
23 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.
24 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
25 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 by pestilence.
26 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.
27 O Lord our God, thou hast dealt with us after all thy
goodness, and according to all that great mercy of thine,
28 As thou spakest by thy servant Moses in the day when thou
didst command him to write the law before the children of
29 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 scatter them.
30 For I knew that they would not hear me, because it is a
stiffnecked people but in the land of their captivities they
shall remember themselves.
31 And shall know that I am the Lord their God for I will give
them an heart, and ears to hear:
32 And they shall praise me in the land of their captivity, and
think upon my name,
33 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.
34 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.
35 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 given them.
1 O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, the soul in anguish the
troubled spirit, crieth unto thee.
2 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy; for thou art merciful and have
pity upon us, because we have sinned before thee.
3 For thou endurest for ever, and we perish utterly.
4 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.
5 Remember not the iniquities of our forefathers but think upon
thy power and thy name now at this time.
6 For thou art the Lord our God, and thee, O Lord, will we
7 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.
8 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.
9 Hear, Israel, the commandments of life give ear to understand
10 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,
11 That thou art counted with them that go down into the grave?
12 Thou hast forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
13 For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou shouldest
have dwelled in peace for ever.
14 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 peace.
15 Who hath found out her place? or who hath come into her
16 Where are the princes of the heathen become, and such as
ruled the beasts upon the earth;
17 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?
18 For they that wrought in silver, and were so careful, and
whose works are unsearchable,
19 They are vanished and gone down to the grave, and others are
come up in their steads.
20 Young men have seen light, and dwelt upon the earth but the
way of knowledge have they not known,
21 Nor understood the paths thereof, nor laid hold of it their
children were far off from that way.
22 It hath not been heard of in Chanaan, neither hath it been
seen in Theman.
23 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 paths.
24 O Israel, how great is the house of God! and how large is the
place of his possession!
25 Great, and hath none end; high, and unmeasurable.
26 There were the giants famous from the beginning, that were of
so great stature, and so expert in war.
27 Those did not the Lord choose, neither gave he the way of
knowledge unto them:
28 But they were destroyed, because they had no wisdom, and
perished through their own foolishness.
29 Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her
down from the clouds?
30 Who hath gone over the sea, and found her, and will bring her
for pure gold?
31 No man knoweth her way, nor thinketh of her path.
32 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:
33 He that sendeth forth light, and it goeth, calleth it again,
and it obeyeth him with fear.
34 The 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 them.
35 This is our God, and there shall none other be accounted of
in comparison of him
36 He hath found out all the way of knowledge, and hath given it
unto Jacob his servant, and to Israel his beloved.
37 Afterward did he shew himself upon earth, and conversed with
1 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.
2 Turn thee, O Jacob, and take hold of it walk in the presence
of the light thereof, that thou mayest be illuminated.
3 Give not thine honour to another, nor the things that are
profitable unto thee to a strange nation.
4 O Israel, happy are we for things that are pleasing to God are
made known unto us.
5 Be of good cheer, my people, the memorial of Israel.
6 Ye were sold to the nations, not for [your] destruction but
because ye moved God to wrath, ye were delivered unto the
7 For ye provoked him that made you by sacrificing unto devils,
and not to God.
8 Ye have forgotten the everlasting God, that brought you up;
and ye have grieved Jerusalem, that nursed you.
9 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
10 For I saw the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the
Everlasting brought upon them.
11 With joy did I nourish them; but sent them away with weeping
12 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.
13 They knew not his statutes, nor walked in the ways of his
commandments, nor trod in the paths of discipline in his
14 Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember ye the
captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting hath
brought upon them.
15 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.
16 These have carried away the dear beloved children of the
widow, and left her that was alone desolate without daughters.
17 But what can I help you?
18 For he that brought these plagues upon you will deliver you
from the hands of your enemies.
19 Go your way, O my children, go your way for I am left
20 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
21 Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto the Lord, and he
will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.
22 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.
23 For I sent you out with mourning and weeping but God will
give you to me again with joy and gladness for ever.
24 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
25 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.
26 My delicate ones have gone rough ways, and were taken away as
a flock caught of the enemies.
27 Be of good comfort, O my children, and cry unto God for ye
shall be remembered of him that brought these things upon you.
28 For as it was your mind to go astray from God so, being
returned, seek him ten times more.
29 For he that hath brought these plagues upon you shall bring
you everlasting joy with your salvation.
30 Take a good heart, O Jerusalem for he that gave thee that
name will comfort thee.
31 Miserable are they that afflicted thee, and rejoiced at thy
32 Miserable are the cities which thy children served miserable
is she that received thy sons.
33 For as she rejoiced at thy ruin, and was glad of thy fall so
shall she be grieved for her own desolation.
34 For I will take away the rejoicing of her great multitude,
and her pride shall be turned into mourning.
35 For fire shall come upon her from the Everlasting, long to
endure; and she shall be inhabited of devils for a great time.
36 O Jerusalem, look about thee toward the east, and behold the
joy that cometh unto thee from God.
37 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.
1 Put off, O Jerusalem, the garment of mourning and affliction,
and put on the comeliness of the glory that cometh from God for
2 Cast about thee a double garment of the righteousness which
cometh from God; and set a diadem on thine head of the glory of
3 For God will shew thy brightness unto every country under
4 For thy name shall be called of God for ever The peace of
righteousness, and The glory of God's worship.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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,
8 Moreover even the woods and every sweetsmelling tree shall
overshadow Israel by the commandment of God.
9 For God shall lead Israel with joy in the light of his glory
with the mercy and righteousness that cometh from him.
Epistle of Jeremiah
A copy of an epistle, which Jeremy sent unto them which were to
be led captives into Babylon by the king of the Babylonians, to
certify them, as it was commanded him of God.
1 Because of the sins which ye have committed before God, ye
shall be led away captives into Babylon by Nabuchodonosor king
of the Babylonians.
2 So when ye be come unto Babylon, ye shall remain there many
years, and for a long season, namely, seven generations and
after that I will bring you away peaceably from thence.
3 Now shall ye see in Babylon gods of silver, and of gold, and
of wood, borne upon shoulders, which cause the nations to fear.
4 Beware therefore that ye in no wise be like to strangers,
neither be ye and of them, when ye see the multitude before them
and behind them, worshipping them.
5 But say ye in your hearts, O Lord, we must worship thee.
6 For mine angel is with you, and I myself caring for your
7 As for their tongue, it is polished by the workman, and they
themselves are gilded and laid over with silver; yet are they
but false, and cannot speak.
8 And taking gold, as it were for a virgin that loveth to go
gay, they make crowns for the heads of their gods.
9 Sometimes also the priests convey from their gods gold and
silver, and bestow it upon themselves.
10 Yea, they will give thereof to the common harlots, and deck
them as men with garments, [being] gods of silver, and gods of
gold, and wood.
11 Yet cannot these gods save themselves from rust and moth,
though they be covered with purple raiment.
12 They wipe their faces because of the dust of the temple, when
there is much upon them.
13 And he that cannot put to death one that offendeth him
holdeth a sceptre, as though he were a judge of the country.
14 He hath also in his right hand a dagger and an ax but cannot
deliver himself from war and thieves.
15 Whereby they are known not to be gods therefore fear them
16 For like as a vessel that a man useth is nothing worth when
it is broken; even so it is with their gods when they be set up
in the temple, their eyes be full of dust through the feet of
them that come in.
17 And as the doors are made sure on every side upon him that
offendeth the king, as being committed to suffer death even so
the priests make fast their temples with doors, with locks, and
bars, lest their gods be spoiled with robbers.
18 They light them candles, yea, more than for themselves,
whereof they cannot see one.
19 They are as one of the beams of the temple, yet they say
their hearts are gnawed upon by things creeping out of the
earth; and when they eat them and their clothes, they feel it
20 Their faces are blacked through the smoke that cometh out of
21 Upon their bodies and heads sit bats, swallows, and birds,
and the cats also.
22 By this ye may know that they are no gods therefore fear them
23 Notwithstanding the gold that is about them to make them
beautiful, except they wipe off the rust, they will not shine
for neither when they were molten did they feel it.
24 The things wherein there is no breath are bought for a most
25 They are borne upon shoulders, having no feet whereby they
declare unto men that they be nothing worth.
26 They also that serve them are ashamed for if they fall to the
ground at any time, they cannot rise up again of themselves
neither, if one set them upright, can they move of themselves
neither, if they be bowed down, can they make themselves
straight but they set gifts before them as unto dead men.
27 As for the things that are sacrificed unto them, their
priests sell and abuse; in like manner their wives lay up part
thereof in salt; but unto the poor and impotent they give
nothing of it.
28 Menstruous women and women in childbed eat their sacrifices
by these things ye may know that they are no gods fear them not.
29 For how can they be called gods? because women set meat
before the gods of silver, gold, and wood.
30 And the priests sit in their temples, having their clothes
rent, and their heads and beards shaven, and nothing upon their
31 They roar and cry before their gods, as men do at the feast
when one is dead.
32 The priests also take off their garments, and clothe their
wives and children.
33 Whether it be evil that one doeth unto them, or good, they
are not able to recompense it they can neither set up a king,
nor put him down.
34 In like manner, they can neither give riches nor money though
a man make a vow unto them, and keep it not, they will not
35 They can save no man from death, neither deliver the weak
from the mighty.
36 They cannot restore a blind man to his sight, nor help any
man in his distress.
37 They can shew no mercy to the widow, nor do good to the
38 Their gods of wood, and which are overlaid with gold and
silver, are like the stones that be hewn out of the mountain
they that worship them shall be confounded.
39 How should a man then think and say that they are gods, when
even the Chaldeans themselves dishonour them?
40 Who if they shall see one dumb that cannot speak, they bring
him, and intreat Bel that he may speak, as though he were able
41 Yet they cannot understand this themselves, and leave them
for they have no knowledge.
42 The women also with cords about them, sitting in the ways,
burn bran for perfume but if any of them, drawn by some that
passeth by, lie with him, she reproacheth her fellow, that she
was not thought as worthy as herself, nor her cord broken.
43 Whatsoever is done among them is false how may it then be
thought or said that they are gods?
44 They are made of carpenters and goldsmiths they can be
nothing else than the workmen will have them to be.
45 And they themselves that made them can never continue long;
how should then the things that are made of them be gods?
46 For they left lies and reproaches to them that come after.
47 For when there cometh any war or plague upon them, the
priests consult with themselves, where they may be hidden with
48 How then cannot men perceive that they be no gods, which can
neither save themselves from war, nor from plague?
49 For seeing they be but of wood, and overlaid with silver and
gold, it shall be known hereafter that they are false:
50 And it shall manifestly appear to all nations and kings that
they are no gods, but the works of men's hands, and that there
is no work of God in them.
51 Who then may not know that they are no gods?
52 For neither can they set up a king in the land, nor give rain
53 Neither can they judge their own cause, nor redress a wrong,
being unable for they are as crows between heaven and earth.
54 Whereupon when fire falleth upon the house of gods of wood,
or laid over with gold or silver, their priests will flee away,
and escape; but they themselves shall be burned asunder like
55 Moreover they cannot withstand any king or enemies how can it
then be thought or said that they be gods?
56 Neither are those gods of wood, and laid over with silver or
gold, able to escape either from thieves or robbers.
57 Whose gold, and silver, and garments wherewith they are
clothed, they that are strong take, and go away withal neither
are they able to help themselves.
58 Therefore it is better to be a king that sheweth his power,
or else a profitable vessel in an house, which the owner shall
have use of, than such false gods; or to be a door in an house,
to keep such things therein, than such false gods. or a pillar
of wood in a a palace, than such false gods.
59 For sun, moon, and stars, being bright and sent to do their
offices, are obedient.
60 In like manner the lightning when it breaketh forth is easy
to be seen; and after the same manner the wind bloweth in every
61 And when God commandeth the clouds to go over the whole
world, they do as they are bidden.
62 And the fire sent from above to consume hills and woods doeth
as it is commanded but these are like unto them neither in shew
63 Wherefore it is neither to be supposed nor said that they are
gods, seeing, they are able neither to judge causes, nor to do
good unto men.
64 Knowing therefore that they are no gods, fear them not,
65 For they can neither curse nor bless kings:
66 Neither can they shew signs in the heavens among the heathen,
nor shine as the sun, nor give light as the moon.
67 The beasts are better than they for they can get under a
cover and help themselves.
68 It is then by no means manifest unto us that they are gods
therefore fear them not.
69 For as a scarecrow in a garden of cucumbers keepeth nothing
so are their gods of wood, and laid over with silver and gold.
70 And likewise their gods of wood, and laid over with silver
and gold, are like to a white thorn in an orchard, that every
bird sitteth upon; as also to a dead body, that is east into the
71 And ye shall know them to be no gods by the bright purple
that rotteth upon them and they themselves afterward shall be
eaten, and shall be a reproach in the country.
72 Better therefore is the just man that hath none idols for he
shall be far from reproach.