45 * The word that the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Baruc the son of Nerijah when he was writing these words down from Jeremiah’s dictation in the year four of Jehojakim the son of Josiah as king of Judah: 2 “Says Israel’s God Jehovah of you, Baruc, 3 You have been saying ‘Woe is me, because Jehovah has added grief to my misery! I have hard work groaning and find no rest!’ 4 * You shall say to him ‘Says Jehovah, Here am I myself demolishing what I built and uprooting what I planted, 5 and are you to seek great things for yourself? do not do so; for here I am bringing calamity upon all mortals, quoth Jehovah. But I will give you your life for a booty at all the places you are to go to.’”
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