A Message to Baruch.
#At the conclusion of his narrative, Baruch appends a message Jeremiah had given him when he first wrote down Jeremiah’s words (cf. 36:4). The future revealed by the prophet overwhelmed Baruch; now he learns his own safety is assured, even though the Lord will destroy Judah. 1The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch, son of Neriah, when he wrote on a scroll words from Jeremiah’s own mouth in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah:#a. [45:1] Jer 36:4, 18, 32. 2Thus says the Lord, God of Israel, to you, Baruch. 3You said, “Woe is me! the Lord has added grief to my pain.#b. [45:3] Lam 1:3; 5:5. I have worn myself out with groaning; rest eludes me.” 4You must say this to him. Thus says the Lord: What I have built, I am tearing down; what I have planted, I am uprooting: all this land.#c. [45:4] Jer 18:7; Is 5:5–6. 5And you, do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them! I am bringing evil on all flesh—oracle of the Lord—but I will grant you your life as spoils of war, wherever you may go.#d. [45:5] Jer 25:26–29.