Foreword

         The Lord made men and gave him his life, but who understands what he  factually received? Thus the Lord brings him to behold the other side of  the fence, what life is without God, or to have Him for an enemy, and so man will acknowledge Him and His gifts.  

BARUCH   TO INDEX

 The letter of

     Chapter 1

     Foreword.

1. These are the words which Baruch the son of Nerias, son of Masssias, son of Sedecias, son of Asadias, son of Chelcias, had written in a book in Babylon in the fifth year on the seventh day of the month at the time when the Chaldeans had taken Jerusalem and burned it with fire.

2. (years later then) Baruch read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias, the son of Joachim king of Judah, and in the ears of all the people that came to hear it, the nobles, the king's sons, and the elders of the people form the lowest to the highest of all that dwelt at Babylon by the river Sud.

3. And they wept and fasted before the Lord, and made a collection of money according to every man's ability, to sent to Jerusalem to Jochim the high priest who was the son of Chelcias, son of Salom, and to all the priests and people which were at Jerusalem.

4. This was at the time when Baruch received the vessels of the house of the Lord which were carried out of the temple, to return them to the land of Judah on the tenth day of the month of Sivan.

5. These were the silver vessels which Zedekiah, son of Josiah king of Judah had caused to make, and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away together with Jechonias and the princes, and the captives, the mighty men, the people of the land, from Jerusalem to Babylon.

6. And they said; Behold, we are sending you money so you may purchase burnt offerings, and sin offerings, incense and food offerings, and offer them on the altar of the Lord our God.

7. And pray for the life of Nebuchadnezzar, and for that of Balthasar his son, that their days on the earth may be as the days of heaven, so that the Lord will give us strength and good days to live under the shadow of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and under that of Baltasar his son, and we shall serve them long and find favor in their sight.

8. Pray for us to the Lord our God, for we have sinned against the Lord our God, and to this day His fury and wrath is not turned from us.

9. And read this book which we have sent to you to make confessions in the house of the Lord on the feast days and solemn days.

       Israel acknowledges guilt.

10.  And you shall say; "To the Lord belongs righteousness, but to us confusion even as it has come to pass this very day to those of Judah and Jerusalem, and its kings and princes, and to the priests and prophets as well as to our fathers.

11.  For we have sinned before the Lord disobeying Him, we did not listen to His voice to walk in the commandments that He openly gave us since the day that He brought our forefathers out of the land of Egypt.

12. To this present day we have been disobedient to the Lord our God, being negligent in not hearing His voice.

13. Therefore do these evils cleave to us, the curse which the Lord appointed by Moses His servant at the time that He brought our fathers out of Egypt to give us a land flowing with milk and honey.

14.  Nor did we listen to the voice of our God according to all the words of the prophets whom He sent to us, but every man followed the imaginations of his own wicked heart to serve strange gods performing evil in the sight of the Lord God.

 

     Chapter 2

      Godís  righteous  judgment.

1. Therefore the Lord kept His word which He spoke to us and to our judges and our kings and princes who ruled us, and to all the men of Israel and Judah.

2. To bring great plagues on us, for the things that happened in Jerusalem, which has not happened under all of heaven even as it was written in the law of Moses, that a man would eat the flesh of his own son and daughter.

3. Wherefore He delivered them to be subjected to all the kingdoms around them for a reproach and desolation.

4. And we were cast down, and not exalted, because we sinned against the Lord our God, in not being obedient to His voice.

5. To the Lord our God belongs righteousness, while to us and our fathers belongs open shame, even as it is this day.

6. For all these plagues which the Lord pronounced against us have come upon us, and yet have we not prayed before the Lord that each of us might turn from the imaginations of our wicked heart.

7. Therefore did the Lord watch over us for evil, and brought this on us, for the Lord is righteous in all His works which He has commanded us.

8. But we did not listen to His voice to walk in His commandments that He had set before us. of repentance.

     Prayer of repentance

9. And now O Lord God of Israel which brought Thy people out of the land of Egypt with great might, and high authority, through signs and wonders making Thyself a name even as it is this day.

10. We O Lord our God have sinned, we have done ungodly, dealing unrighteously in all Thy ordinances, Let now Thy wrath turn from us, for we are but few left among the heathen where Thou has scattered us.

11. Hear our prayers O Lord and our petition, and deliver us for Thy own sake, give us favor in the sight of them which have led us away, that all the earth may know that Thou art the Lord our God, because Israel and its posterity is called by Thy name.

12. O Lord look down from Thy holy house and consider us, bow down Thy ear Lord to hear us, open Thy eyes and behold.

13. For the dead in the graves, whose souls are taken from their bodies cannot praise Thy glory and righteousness.

14. But the soul that greatly sorrows, bowed down and weak, and the eyes that fail and the hungry soul will give Thee praise and righteousness.

15. We O Lord do not place our supplication before Thee for our righteousness or for that of our fathers or of our kings, but for Thy mercy, according to Thy wrath and indignation upon us.

16. For Thou did speak by Thy servants the prophets saying Thus says the Lord; sow down your shoulders, and serve the king of Babylon,

17. And if you will not hear the voice of the Lord to serve the king of Babylon I will remove from the cities of Judah and from Jerusalem the voice of gladness and joy, and that of the bridegroom and bride, and the whole land shall be desolate of its inhabitants.

18. But we would not listen to Thy voice to serve the king of Babylon, therefore did Thou keep Thy word, so that the bones of our kings and those of our fathers would be taken from their places.

19. And they are cast out to the heat of the day and to the frost of the night, and the house which is called by Thy name Thou has laid waste, as it is this day, for the wickedness of the house of Israel and that of Judah.

20.  O Lord our God, Thou has dealt with us according to Thy goodness, and with great mercy, even as Thou spoke by Moses on the day when Thou commanded him to write Thy law before the children of Israel saying;

21. If you will not hear My voice, then this multitude shall surely be made into a small number among the nations where I will scatter them.

22.  For I knew that they would not hear Me for it is a stiff-necked people, but in the land of their captivity they will repent themselves, and acknowledge that I am their God.

23.  For I will give them a heart and ears to hear, and they shall praise Me in the land of their captivity, and think on My name and return from their stiff neck and wicked deeds.

24.  For they will remember the way of their fathers which sinned before the Lord, and I will bring them again into the land which with an oath I promised to their fathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob, and they shall be lords of it.

25. And I will increase them and they shall not be diminished, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them to be their God, and they will be My people, and I will no more drive My people Israel out of the land which I have given them. 

 

      Chapter 3 

1. Lord Almighty, God of Israel, in the anguish of our souls, and in our troubled spirits we cry to Thee.

2. Hear O Lord and have mercy, for Thou art merciful, and have pity on us for we have sinned before Thee, for again O Lord Thou endures forever, but we perish for all ages.

3. O Lord Almighty God of Israel, hear now the prayer of Thy children who are in the jaws of death, who have sinned before Thee not listening to Thee for which reason these plagues are on us.

4.  Remember not the iniquities of our forefathers, but think on Thy name, for art not Thou the Lord our God? Therefore we will praise Thee.

5. And for this reason Thou has put fear in our hearts to the intent that we should call on Thy name and praise Thee in our captivity.

6.  For we have called to mind all the iniquities of our fathers that sinned before Thee, behold, we are as yet this day in our captivity where Thou has scattered us for a reproach and a curse according to all the iniquities of our fathers which departed from Thee our God.

      Wisdom the key to life.

7. Hear Israel the commandments of life, give ear to understand wisdom. How is it O Israel that you languish in the land of your enemy, that you are in a strange country defiling yourselves among the dead, that you are counted those that are down in the grave?

8. You forsook the fountain of wisdom, for if you had walked in the way of God - you would have lived in peace forever.

9.  Learn therefore now the right wisdom that you may come to acknowledge who He is that grants long life goods and joy, and peace. Who knows where she lives? Who has come into her treasure chambers?

10. Where are the princes of the nations that ruled over the wild beasts, who played with the birds of heaven, who gathered silver and gold on which men put their trust, and never had enough?

11. They were anxious how to gather gold and silver, all of which is for nothing, they perished going into the kingdom of death, and others took their places.

12. The descendants living on the earth saw the light, but they knew not the way on which knowledge may be found, nor did they understand the paths thereof, but despised it, and also their children became lost.

13. Nothing was heard of her in Canaan, nor has it been seen in Teman, the children of Hagar search after earthly wisdom, and while the merchants of Merah and Teman think to have understanding - they know not the way of understanding, nor have they found wisdom.

14.  O how glorious is the house of the Lord O Israel, and how wide and large is the place of his possession, she has no end, she is immeasurable.

15. In earlier times there were giants, famous warriors, but the Lord did not choose them, nor did He give them the way of knowledge, instead they were destroyed for they had no wisdom, perishing in their foolishness.

16.  Who has gone up to heaven to take her, or brought her down from the clouds? Who has gone over the sea and finding her brought her for costly gold?

17.  No man knows her way on which she may be found, but he who knows all things knows her, and has found her out with His understanding.

18.  He who prepared the earth forever and filled her with four footed beasts, He that sends forth the light, and when He calls to it - it returns, it obeys Him.

19.  The stars shine in their order and rejoice, and when He calls them to appear they answer; Here we are, and with joy provide light for the will of Him who made them, this is our God, and there shall be no other to be compared to Him. 

20. He has founded the wisdom, and given her to Jacob His servant, and to Israel His beloved, and afterwards she appeared on the earth, and lived with you. 

 

     Chapter 4

      Jerusalem laments her children.

1. This is the book of the commandments of God, of the law that endures forever, all who keep it shall come to life, but such as leave it shall die.

2. Turn yourself O Jacob and take hold of it, walk by the light that enlightens your way, give not your honor to another, nor your treasure to a strange nation.

3. O blessed are we Israel, for the things pleasing to God are made known to us, be of good cheer my people, you have remained because the Lord has thought on you.

4. You were sold to the nations not for destruction but because you angered Him, because you provoked Him by offering to devils instead of to Him.

5. You have forgotten the everlasting God who created you, and you grieved Jerusalem who nursed you.

6. For she saw the wrath of God coming for you saying; Listen you who dwell in Zion, God has brought great mourning on me for I beheld the captivity of my sons and daughters which the everlasting One brought on them.

7. I nourished them with joy, but with weeping and sorrow saw them leave, no-one rejoiced over me, a widow forsaken of many.

8. I am left desolate for the sins of my children, for they departed from the law of God, they knew not His statutes, nor walked in the way of His commandments, nor trod in the paths of His discipline, in His righteousness.

9. Come you that live around Zion, and remember the captivity of my sons and daughters which the Everlasting One brought on them.

10.  For He has brought on them a nation from afar, a shameless nation of a strange language, who respect not the old nor pity children.

11.  They have carried away the dearly beloved children of the widow, and left her that was alone desolate as without daughters.

12. But how can I help you? He that has brought these plagues on you will deliver you from the hands of your enemies, go you children, go your way, for I am left desolate.

13. I have removed my joyous clothing, and put on sackcloth, and I will call to the Everlasting One forever.

       Consolation to the exiled.

14. Be of good cheer my children, cry to the Lord and He will deliver you from the power of the hand of the enemy.

15.  For my hope is in the Everlasting that He will save you, and joy came to me from the Holy One because of the mercy which shall soon come to you from Him our-Savior.

16.  For I sent you out with mourning and weeping, but God will give you to me again with joy and gladness forever.

17.  And just as now the neighbors of Zion have seen your captivity, so shall they shortly see your salvation from our God who shall come on you with great glory, and with the brightness of the Everlasting.

18.  Suffer the wrath that has come on you from God patiently my children, for your enemies persecuted you, but shortly you shall see his destruction, and you shall tread on his neck.

19.  My delicate ones had to walk on sharp roads, they were led away as a flock stolen by the enemy.

20.  But be of good comfort my children, cry to God, for you shall be remembered of Him who brought these things on you.

21.  For like as it was in your mind to stray from God, so return now and seek Him ten times more.

22.  For He who brought these plagues on you shall again bring you everlasting joy with your salvation.

23. Take a good heart O Jerusalem, for He that gave you that name will comfort you, miserable shall those be that afflicted you and who rejoiced at your fall.

24. Miserable are the cities which your children served, she who kept your sons captive.

25. For like as she rejoiced at your ruin, and was glad in your fall, so she shall be grieved for her desolation.

26.  For I will take away the rejoicing of her great multitude, and her pride shall be turned into weeping.

27.  For fire shall come on her from the Everlasting long to endure, and she shall be inhabited of devils for a great time.

28. O Jerusalem look around towards the east, and behold the joy that comes to you from God, look your sons are coming, those who were led away, they come together from the east and from the west by the word of the Holy One rejoicing in the glory of God.

 

      Chapter 5 

      Rejoicing in redemption.

1. Remove O Jerusalem the garment of your mourning and put on the beauty of the glory that comes from God forever.

2. Put around you a double garment of the righteousness which comes from God, and set a Diadem on your head of the glory of the Everlasting.

3. For God will show your brightness to every nation under heaven, for your name shall be called of God forever, the peace of righteousness, and the reward of Godliness.

4.Arise O Jerusalem, stand on high, look towards the east and behold your children gathered from the west unto the east by the word of the Holy One rejoicing in the remembrance of God.

5.  For they departed from you on foot, and were led away by their enemies, but God brings them to you exalted with glory as children of the kingdom.

6.  For God will cast down every high hill, and every sandbank, and fill up every valley so that Israel may go safely in the glory of the Lord.

7.  Moreover even the woods and every sweet smelling tree shall overshadow Israel by the command of God.

8.  For God shall lead Israel with joy in the light of His glory and with the mercy and righteousness that comes of Him.