But just suppose you continue to say, ‘The message of the Lord is burdensome.’ Here is what the Lord says will happen: ‘I sent word to you that you must not say, “The Lord’s message is burdensome.” But you used the words “The Lord’s message is burdensome” anyway.
“I, the Lord, also solemnly assert: ‘King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, and the people who remain in Jerusalem 1 or who have gone to live in Egypt are like those bad figs. I consider them to be just like those bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten. 2
Jeremiah had just barely finished saying all the Lord had commanded him to say to all the people. All at once some 1 of the priests, the prophets, and the people grabbed him and shouted, “You deserve to die! 2
The Lord says, “I will not reject all the descendants of Israel because of all that they have done. 1 That could only happen if the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth below could all be explored,” 2 says the Lord. 3
Just as surely as I have done this, so surely will I never reject the descendants of Jacob. Nor will I ever refuse to choose one of my servant David’s descendants to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Indeed, 1 I will restore them 2 and show mercy to them.”
I will punish those people who have violated their covenant with me. I will make them like the calf they cut in two and passed between its pieces. 1 I will do so because they did not keep the terms of the covenant they made in my presence. 2
I took them to the Lord’s temple. I took them into the room where the disciples of the prophet Hanan son of Igdaliah stayed. 1 That room was next to the one where the temple officers stayed and above the room where Maaseiah son of Shallum, one of the doorkeepers 2 of the temple, stayed.
At that time Baruch went into the temple of the Lord. He stood in the entrance of the room of Gemariah the son of Shaphan who had been the royal secretary. 1 That room was in the upper court 2 near the entrance of the New Gate. 3 There, where all the people could hear him, he read from the scroll what Jeremiah had said. 4
The officials may hear that I have talked with you. They may come to you and say, ‘Tell us what you said to the king and what the king said to you. 1 Do not hide anything from us. If you do, we will kill you.’ 2
All the officials did indeed come and question Jeremiah. 1 He told them exactly what the king had instructed him to say. 2 They stopped questioning him any further because no one had actually heard their conversation. 3
Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, took an oath so as to give them and their troops some assurance of safety. 1 “Do not be afraid to submit to the Babylonians. 2 Settle down in the land and submit to the king of Babylon. Then things will go well for you.
‘If you will just stay 1 in this land, I will build you up. I will not tear you down. I will firmly plant you. 2 I will not uproot you. For I am filled with sorrow because of the disaster that I have brought on you.
Finally the Lord could no longer endure your wicked deeds and the disgusting things you did. That is why your land has become the desolate, uninhabited ruin that it is today. That is why it has become a proverbial example used in curses. 1
I will weep for the grapevines of Sibmah just like the town of Jazer weeps over them. 1 Their branches once spread as far as the Dead Sea. 2 They reached as far as the town of Jazer. 3 The destroyer will ravage her fig, date, 4 and grape crops.
For the Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, ‘Fair Babylon 1 will be like a threshing floor which has been trampled flat for harvest. The time for her to be cut down and harvested will come very soon.’ 2
כ (Kaf) All her people groaned as they searched for a morsel of bread. 1 They exchanged 2 their valuables 3 for 4 just enough food to stay alive. 5 “Look, O Lord! Consider 6 that I have become worthless!”