The Lord Speaks to Baruch
1I, the prophet Jeremiah, talked to Baruch, the son of Neriah. It was in the fourth year that Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, was king of Judah. But it was after Baruch had written down on a scroll the words I was telling him to write. I said, 2"The Lord is the God of Israel. Baruch, he says to you, 3'You have said, "How terrible it is for me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain. I'm worn out from all of my groaning. I can't find any rest." ' "
4The Lord said, "Tell Baruch, 'I say, "I will destroy what I have built up. I will pull up by the roots what I have planted. I will do it all through the earth. 5So should you long for great things for yourself? Do not long for them. I will bring trouble on everyone," announces the Lord. "But no matter where you go, I will let you escape with your life." ' "