1 These are the words of the book which Baruch the son of Neraiah, son
of Mahseiah, son of Zedekiah, son of Hasadiah, son of Hilkiah, wrote in Babylon,
2 in the fifth year, on the seventh day of the month, at the time when
the Chaldeans took Jerusalem and burned it with fire.
3 And Baruch read the words of this book in the hearing of Jeconiah the
son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and in the hearing of all the people who came
to hear the book,
4 and in the hearing of the mighty men and the princes, and in the hearing
of the elders, and in the hearing of all the people, small and great, all who
dwelt in Babylon by the river Sud.
5 Then they wept, and fasted, and prayed before the Lord;
6 and they collected money, each giving what he could;
7 and they sent it to Jerusalem to Jehoiakim the high priest, the son
of Hilkiah, son of Shallum, and to the priests, and to all the people who were
present with him in Jerusalem.
8 At the same time, on the tenth day of Sivan, Baruch took the vessels
of the house of the Lord, which had been carried away from the temple, to return
them to the land of Judah -- the silver vessels which Zedekiah the son of Josiah,
king of Judah, had made,
9 after Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away from Jerusalem
Jeconiah and the princes and the prisoners and the mighty men and the people of
the land, and brought them to Babylon.
10 And they said: "Herewith we send you money; so buy with the money
burnt offerings and sin offerings and incense, and prepare a cereal offering,
and offer them upon the altar of the Lord our God;
11 and pray for the life of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and for the
life of Belshazzar his son, that their days on earth may be like the days of heaven.
12 And the Lord will give us strength, and he will give light to our
eyes, and we shall live under the protection of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,
and under the protection of Belshazzar his son, and we shall serve them many days
and find favor in their sight.
13 And pray for us to the Lord our God, for we have sinned against the
Lord our God, and to this day the anger of the Lord and his wrath have not turned
away from us.
14 And you shall read this book which we are sending you, to make your
confession in the house of the Lord on the days of the feasts and at appointed
15 "And you shall say: `Righteousness belongs to the Lord our God, but
confusion of face, as at this day, to us, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants
16 and to our kings and our princes and our priests and our prophets
and our fathers,
17 because we have sinned before the Lord,
18 and have disobeyed him, and have not heeded the voice of the Lord
our God, to walk in the statutes of the Lord which he set before us.
19 From the day when the Lord brought our fathers out of the land of
Egypt until today, we have been disobedient to the Lord our God, and we have been
negligent, in not heeding his voice.
20 So to this day there have clung to us the calamities and the curse
which the Lord declared through Moses his servant at the time when he brought
our fathers out of the land of Egypt to give to us a land flowing with milk and
21 We did not heed the voice of the Lord our God in all the words of
the prophets whom he sent to us, but we each followed the intent of his own wicked
heart by serving other gods and doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord our
1 "`So the Lord confirmed his word, which
he spoke against us, and against our judges who judged Israel, and against our
kings and against our princes and against the men of Israel and Judah.
2 Under the whole heaven there has not been done the like of what he
has done in Jerusalem, in accordance with what is written in the law of Moses,
3 that we should eat, one the flesh of his son and another the flesh
of his daughter.
4 And he gave them into subjection to all the kingdoms around us, to
be a reproach and a desolation among all the surrounding peoples, where the Lord
has scattered them.
5 They were brought low and not raised up, because we sinned against
the Lord our God, in not heeding his voice.
6 "`Righteousness belongs to the Lord our God, but confusion of face
to us and our fathers, as at this day.
7 All those calamities with which the Lord threatened us have come upon
8 Yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord by turning away, each
of us, from the thoughts of his wicked heart.
9 And the Lord has kept the calamities ready, and the Lord has brought
them upon us, for the Lord is righteous in all his works which he has commanded
us to do.
10 Yet we have not obeyed his voice, to walk in the statutes of the Lord
which he set before us.
11 "`And now, O Lord God of Israel, who didst bring thy people out of
the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and with signs and wonders and with great
power and outstretched arm, and hast made thee a name, as at this day,
12 we have sinned, we have been ungodly, we have done wrong, O Lord our
God, against all thy ordinances.
13 Let thy anger turn away from us, for we are left, few in number, among
the nations where thou hast scattered us.
14 Hear, O Lord, our prayer and our supplication, and for thy own sake
deliver us, and grant us favor in the sight of those who have carried us into
15 that all the earth may know that thou art the Lord our God, for Israel
and his descendants are called by thy name.
16 O Lord, look down from thy holy habitation, and consider us. Incline
thy ear, O Lord, and hear;
17 open thy eyes, O Lord, and see; for the dead who are in Hades, whose
spirit has been taken from their bodies, will not ascribe glory or justice to
18 but the person that is greatly distressed, that goes about bent over
and feeble, and the eyes that are failing, and the person that hungers, will ascribe
to thee glory and righteousness, O Lord.
19 For it is not because of any righteous deeds of our fathers or our
kings that we bring before thee our prayer for mercy, O Lord our God.
20 For thou hast sent thy anger and thy wrath upon us, as thou didst
declare by thy servants the prophets, saying:
21 "Thus says the Lord: Bend your shoulders and serve the king of Babylon,
and you will remain in the land which I gave to your fathers.
22 But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord and will not serve
the king of Babylon,
23 I will make to cease from the cities of Judah and from the region
about Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the
bridegroom and the voice of the bride, and the whole land will be a desolation
24 "`But we did not obey thy voice, to serve the king of Babylon; and
thou hast confirmed thy words, which thou didst speak by thy servants the prophets,
that the bones of our kings and the bones of our fathers would be brought out
of their graves;
25 and behold, they have been cast out to the heat of day and the frost
of night. They perished in great misery, by famine and sword and pestilence.
26 And the house which is called by thy name thou hast made as it is
today, because of the wickedness of the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
27 "`Yet thou hast dealt with us, O Lord our God, in all thy kindness
and in all thy great compassion,
28 as thou didst speak by thy servant Moses on the day when thou didst
command him to write thy law in the presence of the people of Israel, saying,
29 "If you will not obey my voice, this very great multitude will surely
turn into a small number among the nations, where I will scatter them.
30 For I know that they will not obey me, for they are a stiff-necked
people. But in the land of their exile they will come to themselves,
31 and they will know that I am the Lord their God. I will give them
a heart that obeys and ears that hear;
32 and they will praise me in the land of their exile, and will remember
33 and will turn from their stubbornness and their wicked deeds; for
they will remember the ways of their fathers, who sinned before the Lord.
34 I will bring them again into the land which I swore to give to their
fathers, to Abraham and to Isaac and to Jacob, and they will rule over it; and
I will increase them, and they will not be diminished.
35 I will make an everlasting covenant with them to be their God and
they shall be my people; and I will never again remove my people Israel from the
land which I have given them."
1 "`O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, the soul in anguish and the wearied
spirit cry out to thee.
2 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned before thee.
3 For thou art enthroned for ever, and we are perishing for ever.
4 O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, hear now the prayer of the dead of
Israel and of the sons of those who sinned before thee, who did not heed the voice
of the Lord their God, so that calamities have clung to us.
5 Remember not the iniquities of our fathers, but in this crisis remember
thy power and thy name.
6 For thou art the Lord our God, and thee, O Lord, will we praise.
7 For thou hast put the fear of thee in our hearts in order that we should
call upon thy name; and we will praise thee in our exile, for we have put away
from our hearts all the iniquity of our fathers who sinned before thee.
8 Behold, we are today in our exile where thou hast scattered us, to
be reproached and cursed and punished for all the iniquities of our fathers who
forsook the Lord our God.'"
9 Hear the commandments of life, O Israel; give ear, and learn wisdom!
10 Why is it, O Israel, why is it that you are in the land of your enemies,
that you are growing old in a foreign country, that you are defiled with the dead,
11 that you are counted among those in Hades?
12 You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
13 If you had walked in the way of God, you would be dwelling in peace
14 Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there
is understanding, that you may at the same time discern where there is length
of days, and life, where there is light for the eyes, and peace.
15 Who has found her place? And who has entered her storehouses?
16 Where are the princes of the nations, and those who rule over the
beasts on earth;
17 those who have sport with the birds of the air, and who hoard up silver
and gold, in which men trust, and there is no end to their getting;
18 those who scheme to get silver, and are anxious, whose labors are
19 They have vanished and gone down to Hades, and others have arisen
in their place.
20 Young men have seen the light of day, and have dwelt upon the earth;
but they have not learned the way to knowledge, nor understood her paths, nor
laid hold of her.
21 Their sons have strayed far from her way.
22 She has not been heard of in Canaan, nor seen in Teman;
23 the sons of Hagar, who seek for understanding on the earth, the merchants
of Merran and Teman, the story-tellers and the seekers for understanding, have
not learned the way to wisdom, nor given thought to her paths.
24 O Israel, how great is the house of God! And how vast the territory
that he possesses!
25 It is great and has no bounds; it is high and immeasurable.
26 The giants were born there, who were famous of old, great in stature,
expert in war.
27 God did not choose them, nor give them the way to knowledge;
28 so they perished because they had no wisdom, they perished through
29 Who has gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from
30 Who has gone over the sea, and found her, and will buy her for pure
31 No one knows the way to her, or is concerned about the path to her.
32 But he who knows all things knows her, he found her by his understanding.
He who prepared the earth for all time filled it with four-footed creatures;
33 he who sends forth the light, and it goes, called it, and it obeyed
him in fear;
34 the stars shone in their watches, and were glad; he called them, and
they said, "Here we are!" They shone with gladness for him who made them.
35 This is our God; no other can be compared to him!
36 He found the whole way to knowledge, and gave her to Jacob his servant
and to Israel whom he loved.
37 Afterward she appeared upon earth and lived among men.
1 She is the book of the commandments of God, and the law that endures
for ever. All who hold her fast will live, and those who forsake her will die.
2 Turn, O Jacob, and take her; walk toward the shining of her light.
3 Do not give your glory to another, or your advantages to an alien people.
4 Happy are we, O Israel, for we know what is pleasing to God.
5 Take courage, my people, O memorial of Israel!
6 It was not for destruction that you were sold to the nations, but you
were handed over to your enemies because you angered God.
7 For you provoked him who made you, by sacrificing to demons and not
8 You forgot the everlasting God, who brought you up, and you grieved
Jerusalem, who reared you.
9 For she saw the wrath that came upon you from God, and she said: "Hearken,
you neighbors of Zion, God has brought great sorrow upon me;
10 for I have seen the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the
Everlasting brought upon them.
11 With joy I nurtured them, but I sent them away with weeping and sorrow.
12 Let no one rejoice over me, a widow and bereaved of many; I was left
desolate because of the sins of my children, because they turned away from the
law of God.
13 They had no regard for his statutes; they did not walk in the ways
of God's commandments, nor tread the paths of discipline in his righteousness.
14 Let the neighbors of Zion come; remember the capture of my sons and
daughters, which the Everlasting brought upon them.
15 For he brought against them a nation from afar, a shameless nation,
of a strange language, who had no respect for an old man, and had no pity for
16 They led away the widow's beloved sons, and bereaved the lonely woman
of her daughters.
17 "But I, how can I help you?
18 For he who brought these calamities upon you will deliver you from
the hand of your enemies.
19 Go, my children, go; for I have been left desolate.
20 I have taken off the robe of peace and put on the sackcloth of my
supplication; I will cry to the Everlasting all my days.
21 "Take courage, my children, cry to God, and he will deliver you from
the power and hand of the enemy.
22 For I have put my hope in the Everlasting to save you, and joy has
come to me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which soon will come to you
from your everlasting Savior.
23 For I sent you out with sorrow and weeping, but God will give you
back to me with joy and gladness for ever.
24 For as the neighbors of Zion have now seen your capture, so they soon
will see your salvation by God, which will come to you with great glory and with
the splendor of the Everlasting.
25 My children, endure with patience the wrath that has come upon you
from God. Your enemy has overtaken you, but you will soon see their destruction
and will tread upon their necks.
26 My tender sons have traveled rough roads; they were taken away like
a flock carried off by the enemy.
27 "Take courage, my children, and cry to God, for you will be remembered
by him who brought this upon you.
28 For just as you purposed to go astray from God, return with tenfold
zeal to seek him.
29 For he who brought these calamities upon you will bring you everlasting
joy with your salvation."
30 Take courage, O Jerusalem, for he who named you will comfort you.
31 Wretched will be those who afflicted you and rejoiced at your fall.
32 Wretched will be the cities which your children served as slaves;
wretched will be the city which received your sons.
33 For just as she rejoiced at your fall and was glad for your ruin,
so she will be grieved at her own desolation.
34 And I will take away her pride in her great population, and her insolence
will be turned to grief.
35 For fire will come upon her from the Everlasting for many days, and
for a long time she will be inhabited by demons.
36 Look toward the east, O Jerusalem, and see the joy that is coming
to you from God!
37 Behold, your sons are coming, whom you sent away; they are coming,
gathered from east and west, at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the glory
1 Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and
put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God.
2 Put on the robe of the righteousness from God; put on your head the
diadem of the glory of the Everlasting.
3 For God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.
4 For your name will for ever be called by God, "Peace of righteousness
and glory of godliness."
5 Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height and look toward the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east, at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that God has remembered them.
6 For they went forth from you on foot, led away by their enemies; but
God will bring them back to you, carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
7 For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills
be made low and the valleys filled up, to make level ground, so that Israel may
walk safely in the glory of God.
8 The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at God's command.
9 For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with
the mercy and righteousness that come from him.