1 And in the fourth [a]year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
2 Take thee a roll or book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken to thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day that I spake unto thee, even [b]from the days of Josiah unto this day.
3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear of all the evil, which I determined to do unto them, that they may return every man from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sins.
4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah, and Baruch wrote [c]at the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Lord, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll or book.
5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am [d]shut up, and cannot go into the House of the Lord.
6 Therefore go thou, and read the roll wherein thou hast written at my mouth the words of the Lord, in the audience of the people in the Lord’s house upon the [e]fasting day: also thou shalt read them in the hearing of all Judah, that come out of their cities.
7 It may be that they will [f]pray before the Lord, and everyone return from his evil way, for great is the anger and the wrath that the Lord hath declared against this people.