Jeremiah’s friend and secretary Baruch was saddened about the coming judgment of the nation. The LORD God gives Jeremiah a message to encourage Baruch.
VERSE 1. The message that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying,
Baruch the son of Neriah. Baruch was the friend and secretary of Jeremiah.
when he wrote these words in a book. This refers to when Baruch wrote down the words of Jeremiah 36:1-7.
the fourth year of Jehoiakim. That is, 605-604 BC.
VERSE 2. “The LORD, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch:
VERSE 3. ‘You said, “Woe is me now! For the LORD has added sorrow to my pain! I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.” ’
added sorrow to my pain. Baruch was saddened because of the distressing nature of the message.
VERSE 4. “You shall tell him, the LORD says: ‘Behold, that which I have built, I will break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up; and this in the whole land.
the LORD says. The LORD God gives Jeremiah a message especially for to Baruch. It was probably meant to lift him out of his discouragement.
that which I have built, I will break down. The LORD God is intentionally tearing it down.
VERSE 5. Do you seek great things for yourself? Don’t seek them; for, behold, I will bring evil on all flesh,’ says the LORD; ‘but I will let you escape with your life wherever you go.’ ”
seek great things for yourself. Baruch was discouraged because the upcoming judgment clashed with his own personal aspirations of greatness. He was to let go of those aspirations.
I will let you escape with your life. In the mayhem that will come, Baruch will not be killed. Baruch should be thankful that he escaped with his life.
wherever you go. Baruch was free to go wherever he wanted.
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