Zephaniah the priest read that letter to the prophet Jeremiah. 1
Micaiah, who was the son of Gemariah and the grandson of Shaphan, heard Baruch read from the scroll everything the Lord had said. 1
He brought the letter to king of Israel. It read: “This is a letter of introduction for my servant Naaman, 1 whom I have sent to be cured of his skin disease.”
Hilkiah the high priest informed Shaphan the scribe, “I found the law scroll in the Lord’s temple.” Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan and he read it.
To you this entire prophetic revelation 1 is like words in a sealed scroll. When they hand it to one who can read 2 and say, “Read this,” he responds, “I can’t, because it is sealed.”
He went down to the chamber of the royal secretary in the king’s palace and found all the court officials in session there. Elishama 1 the royal secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor, 2 Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials were seated there.
Then Jeremiah got another scroll and gave it to the scribe Baruch son of Neriah. As Jeremiah dictated, Baruch wrote on this scroll everything that had been on the scroll that King Jehoiakim of Judah burned in the fire. They also added on this scroll several other messages of the same kind. 1
“You have with you the sons of your master, chariots and horses, a fortified city, and weapons. So when this letter arrives, 1
When they received the letter, they seized the king’s sons and executed all seventy of them. 1 They put their heads in baskets and sent them to him in Jezreel.
They summoned the king, so Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went out to meet them.
He sent Eliakim the palace supervisor, Shebna the scribe, and the leading priests, 1 clothed in sackcloth, with this message to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz:
In the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s reign, the king sent the scribe Shaphan son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, to the Lord’s temple with these orders: 1
Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll.” Shaphan read it out loud before the king.
Hilkiah informed Shaphan the scribe, “I found the law scroll in the Lord’s temple.” Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan.
What follows 1 is a copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priestly scribe. 2 Ezra was 3 a scribe in matters pertaining to the commandments of the Lord and his statutes over Israel:
Ezra opened the book in plain view 1 of all the people, for he was elevated above all the people. When he opened the book, 2 all the people stood up.
On the second day of the month the family leaders 1 met with 2 Ezra the scribe, together with all the people, the priests, and the Levites, to consider the words of the law.
Or when they hand the scroll to one who can’t read 1 and say, “Read this,” he says, “I can’t read.” 2
Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went out to meet him.
Baruch answered, “Yes, they came from his own mouth. He dictated all these words to me and I wrote them down in ink on this scroll.” 1