Baruch reads the Scriptures to the exiles in Babylon. They fast and pray. They confess their sins.
The Book of Baruch is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
VERSE 1. These are the words of the book, which Baruch the son of Nerias, the son of Maaseas, the son of Sedekias, the son of Asadias, the son of Helkias, wrote in Babylon,
Baruch the son of Nerias. He is the secretary and friend of Jeremiah.
wrote in Babylon. Baruch wrote this book while he was exiled in Babylon.
VERSE 2. in the fifth year, and in the seventh day of the month, what time as the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burned it with fire.
VERSE 3. And Baruch did read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joakim king of Judah, and in the hearing of all the people that came to hear the book,
people that came to hear the book. Faith comes by hearing:
Amos 8:11. Behold, the days come,” says the Lord GOD, “that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the LORD’s words.
Proverbs 28:9. He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.
Baruch 1:3. And Baruch did read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joakim king of Judah, and in the hearing of all the people that came to hear the book,
Romans 10:17. So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
VERSE 4. and in the hearing of the mighty men, and of the kings’ sons, and in the hearing of the elders, and in the hearing of all the people, from the least to the greatest, even of all those who lived at Babylon by the river Sud.
in the hearing of all the people. This is a great event. All the exiles are listening to the Scriptures being read.
This action might have been inspired by Ezra when he read the Scriptures from a raised pulpit to the nation:
Nehemiah 8:18. Also day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read in the scroll of the Torah of God. They kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according to the ordinance.
fasted, and prayed. Fasting is a natural human impulse. And it is a wonderful companion during our special times of prayer to God.
When people fast and pray, they often have experiences of great clarity. They can see what they need to do with their life.
a collection of money. They took up a collection to send back to Jerusalem.
VERSE 7. and they sent it to Jerusalem to Joakim the high priest, the son of Helkias, the son of Salom, and to the priests, and to all the people which were found with him at Jerusalem,
VERSE 8. at the same time when he took the vessels of the house of the Lord, that had been carried out of the temple, to return them into the land of Judah, the tenth day of the month Sivan, namely, silver vessels, which Sedekias the son of Josias king of Judah had made,
VERSE 9. after 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 to Babylon.
VERSE 10. And they said, Behold, we have sent you money; buy you therefore with the money burnt offerings, and sin offerings, and incense, and prepare an oblation, and offer upon the altar of the Lord our God;
VERSE 11. and pray for the life of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and for the life of Baltasar his son, that their days may be † as the days of heaven above the earth:
pray for the life of Nabuchodonosor. The Jewish people in Babylon pray for Nebuchadnezzar. Even though he is the enemy, even though he annihilated the Temple, even though he burned Jerusalem to the ground … they pray in a positive way for him, for his life, for his family, and for a lengthy lifespan for him.
Jesus Christ commands that we pray for our enemies. And Paul commands us Christians to pray for our secular leaders.
VERSE 12. 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 Baltasar his son, and we shall serve them many days, and find favor in their sight.
VERSE 13. Pray for us also to the Lord our God, for we have sinned against the Lord our God; and to this day the wrath of the Lord and his indignation is not turned from us.
we have sinned against the Lord our God. To sin is to violate God’s will for us. It harms our relationship with God. We all have missed the mark and sinned. Here are the verses we’ve found »
VERSE 14. And you shall read this book which we have sent to you, to make confession in the house of the Lord, upon the day of the feast and on the days of the solemn assembly.
you shall read this book:
Joshua 1:8. This scroll of the Torah shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.
VERSE 15. And you shall say, To the Lord our God belongs righteousness, but to us confusion of face, as at this day, to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
VERSE 16. and to our kings, and to our princes, and to our priests, and to our prophets, and to our fathers:
VERSE 17. for that we have sinned before the Lord,
VERSE 18. and disobeyed him, and have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in the commandments of the Lord that he has set before us:
VERSE 19. since the day that the Lord brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to this present day, we have been disobedient to the Lord our God, and we have dealt unadvisedly in not listening to his voice.
VERSE 20. Wherefore the plagues clave to us, and the curse, which the Lord commanded Moses his servant to pronounce in the day that he brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to give us a land that flows with milk and honey, as at this day.
VERSE 21. Nevertheless we didn’t listen to the voice of the Lord our God, according to all the words of the prophets, whom he sent to us:
VERSE 22. but we walked every man in the imagination of his own wicked heart, to serve strange gods, and to do that which is evil in the sight of the Lord our God.
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