Encouraging Message to Baruch. 1 This is the message that the prophet Jeremiah addressed to Baruch, the son of Neriah, when Baruch inscribed these words on a scroll at Jeremiah’s dictation in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim of Judah, the son of Josiah:
2 Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you, Baruch: 3 You said, “Woe is me, for the Lord has added further grief to my pain. I am exhausted from groaning, and I can find no respite.”
4 Say this to him, “Thus says the Lord: I intend to tear down what I have built, and to uproot what I have planted throughout the entire land. 5 Should you therefore seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them, for I intend to inflict evil upon all mankind, says the Lord. However, I will allow you to escape with your life wherever you may go.”
- Jeremiah 45:1 The faithful secretary concludes his memoirs by citing a short oracle addressed to him personally.