Jehoiakim Burns Jeremiah’s Scroll
36:1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of
Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word
came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
36:2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the
words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and
against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I
spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this
36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the
evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return
every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their
iniquity and their sin.
36:4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and
Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the
LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.
36:5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I
cannot go into the house of the LORD:
36:6 Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou
hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the
ears of the people in the LORD's house upon the fasting day:
and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that
come out of their cities.
36:7 It may be they will present their supplication before
the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for
great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath
pronounced against this people.
36:8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that
Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the
words of the LORD in the LORD's house.
36:9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the
son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they
proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in
Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities
of Judah unto Jerusalem.
36:10 Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in
the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of
Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the
new gate of the LORD's house, in the ears of all the people.
36:11 When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan,
had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD,
36:12 Then he went down into the king's house, into the
scribe's chamber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, even
Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and
Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan,
and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes.
36:13 Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that
he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the
36:14 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of
Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto
Baruch, saying, Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou
hast read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the
son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them.
36:15 And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in
our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears.
36:16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the
words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto
Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words.
36:17 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst
thou write all these words at his mouth?
36:18 Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these
words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in
36:19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee,
thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be.
36:20 And they went in to the king into the court, but they
laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and
told all the words in the ears of the king.
36:21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he
took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi
read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the
princes which stood beside the king.
36:22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth
month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before
36:23 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three
or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it
into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was
consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
36:24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments,
neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all
36:25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had
made intercession to the king that he would not burn the
roll: but he would not hear them.
36:26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech,
and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of
Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet:
but the LORD hid them.
36:27 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after
that the king had burned the roll, and the words which
Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
36:28 Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the
former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim
the king of Judah hath burned.
36:29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus
saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast
thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall
certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to
cease from thence man and beast?
36:30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of
Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David:
and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat,
and in the night to the frost.
36:31 And I will punish him and his seed and his servants
for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the
evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened
36:32 Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to
Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from
the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which
Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there
were added besides unto them many like words.