1In the fourth year of Judah’s King Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, Baruch was writing in a scroll the words that Jeremiah was dictating to him. Jeremiah the prophet told Baruch, Neriah’s son: 2This is what the LORD the God of Israel proclaims about you, Baruch: 3You have said, "I can’t take it anymore! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain. I’m worn out from groaning and can find no rest." 4This is what you should say to him: "The LORD proclaims: I’m breaking down everything I have built up. I’m digging up that which I have planted—the entire land. 5You seek great things for yourself, but don’t bother. I’m bringing disaster on all humanity, declares the LORD, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life."