And these are the words of the book, which Baruch the son of Nerias, the son of Maasias, the son
of Sedecias, the son of Asadias, the son of Chelcias, wrote in Babylon,
 In the fifth year, and in the
seventh day of the month, what time as the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burnt it with fire.
Baruch did read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joachim king of Juda,
and in the ears of all the people that came to hear the book,
 And in the hearing of the nobles, and of
the king's sons, and in the hearing of the elders, and of all the people, from the lowest unto the highest,
even of all them that dwelt at Babylon by the river Sud.
 Whereupon they wept, fasted, and prayed
before the Lord.
 They made also a collection of money according to every man's power:
 And they
sent it to Jerusalem unto Joachim the high priest, the son of Chelcias, son of Salom, and to the priests,
and to all the people which were found with him at Jerusalem,
 At the same time when he received
the vessels of the house of the Lord, that were carried out of the temple, to return them into the land of
Juda, the tenth day of the month Sivan, namely, silver vessels, which Sedecias the son of Josias king
of Jada had made,
 After that Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had carried away Jechonias, and the
princes, and the captives, and the mighty men, and the people of the land, from Jerusalem, and brought
them unto Babylon.
 And they said, Behold, we have sent you money to buy you burnt offerings, and
sin offerings, and incense, and prepare ye manna, and offer upon the altar of the Lord our God;
And pray for the life of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and for the life of Balthasar his son, that their
days may be upon earth as the days of heaven:
 And the Lord will give us strength, and lighten our
eyes, and we shall live under the shadow of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and under the shadow
of Balthasar his son, and we shall serve them many days, and find favour in their sight.
 Pray for us
also unto the Lord our God, for we have sinned against the Lord our God; and unto this day the fury of
the Lord and his wrath is not turned from us.
 And ye shall read this book which we have sent unto
you, to make confession in the house of the Lord, upon the feasts and solemn days.
 And ye shall
say, To the Lord our God belongeth righteousness, but unto us the confusion of faces, as it is come to
pass this day, unto them of Juda, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
 And to our kings, and to our
princes, and to our priests, and to our prophets, and to our fathers:
 For we have sinned before the
 And disobeyed him, and have not hearkened unto the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in the
commandments that he gave us openly:
 Since the day that the Lord brought our forefathers out of
the land of Egypt, unto this present day, we have been disobedient unto the Lord our God, and we have
been negligent in not hearing his voice.
 Wherefore the evils cleaved unto us, and the curse, which
the Lord appointed by Moses his servant at the time that he brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt,
to give us a land that floweth with milk and honey, like as it is to see this day.
 Nevertheless we have
not hearkened unto the voice of the Lord our God, according unto all the words of the prophets, whom
he sent unto us:
 But every man followed the imagination of his own wicked heart, to serve strange
gods, and to do evil in the sight of the Lord our God.
 Therefore the Lord hath made good his word, which he pronounced against us, and against our judges
that judged Israel, and against our kings, and against our princes, and against the men of Israel and
 To bring upon us great plagues, such as never happened under the whole heaven, as it came
to pass in Jerusalem, according to the things that were written in the law of Moses;
 That a man should
eat the flesh of his own son, and the flesh of his own daughter.
 Moreover he hath delivered them to
be in subjection to all the kingdoms that are round about us, to be as a reproach and desolation among
all the people round about, where the Lord hath scattered them.
 Thus we were cast down, and not
exalted, because we have sinned against the Lord our God, and have not been obedient unto his voice.
To the Lord our God appertaineth righteousness: but unto us and to our fathers open shame, as appeareth
 For all these plagues are come upon us, which the Lord hath pronounced against us
have we not prayed before the Lord, that we might turn every one from the imaginations of his wicked
 Wherefore the Lord watched over us for evil, and the Lord hath brought it upon us: for the Lord
is righteous in all his works which he hath commanded us.
 Yet we have not hearkened unto his
voice, to walk in the commandments of the Lord, that he hath set before us.
 And now, O Lord God