Baruch

Chapter 1

1 And these are the words of the book, which Baruch the son of Ner’yahu¹, the son of Ma’aseyahu², the son of Tsidqiyahu³, the son of Chasadyahu4, the son of Chilqiyahu5, wrote in Babylon,
2 In the fifth year, and in the seventh day of the month, what time as the Chaldeans took Yerushalayim, and burnt it with fire.
3 And Baruch did read the words of this book in the hearing of Yechonyahu the son of Yehoyakim king of Yehudah, and in the ears of all the people that came to hear the book,
4 And in the hearing of the nobles, and of the king’s sons, and in the hearing of the elders, and of all the people, from the lowest unto the highest, even of all them that dwelt at Bavel (Babylon) by the river Sud.
5 Whereupon they wept, fasted, and prayed before Elohim.
6 They made also a collection of money according to every man’s power:
7 And they sent it to Yerushalayim unto Yehoyakim the high priest, the son of Chilqiyahu, son of Shalom, and to the priests, and to all the people which were found with him at Yerushalayim,
8 At the same time when he received the vessels of the house of Elohim, that were carried out of the temple, to return them into the land of Yehudah, the tenth day of the month Sivan6, namely, silver vessels, which Tsidqiyahu the son of Yoshiyahu king of Yehudah had made,
9 After that Nebuchadnetztzar king of Babylon had carried away Yechonyahu, and the princes, and the captives, and the mighty men, and the people of the land, from Yerushalayim, and brought them unto Bavel.
10 And they said, Behold, we have sent you money to buy you burnt offerings, and sin offerings, and incense and offer upon the altar of Yahweh our Elohim;
11 And pray for the life of Nebuchadnetstsar king of Babylon, and for the life of Belshatszar his son, that their days may be upon earth as the days of heaven:
12 And Elohim will give us strength, and lighten our eyes, and we shall live under the shadow of Nebuchadnetztzar king of Babylon, and under the shadow of Belshatszar his son, and we shall serve them many days, and find favor in their sight.
13 Pray for us also unto Yahweh our Elohim, for we have sinned against Yahweh our Elohim; and unto this day the fury of Elohim and his wrath is not turned from us.
14 And you shall read this book which we have sent unto you, to make confession in the house of Elohim, upon the feasts and moedim.
15 And you shall say, To Yahweh our Elohim belongs all righteousness, but unto us the confusion of faces, as it is come to pass this day, unto them of Yehudah, and to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim,
16 And to our kings, and to our princes, and to our priests, and to our prophets, and to our fathers:
17 For we have sinned before Elohim,
18 And disobeyed him, and have not hearkened unto the voice of Yahweh our Elohim, to walk in the commandments that he gave us openly:
19 Since the day that Elohim brought our forefathers out of the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt), unto this present day, we have been disobedient unto Yahweh our Elohim, and we have been negligent in not hearing his voice.
20 Wherefore the evils cleaved unto us, and the curse, which Elohim appointed by Mosheh his servant at the time that he brought our fathers out of the land of Mitsrayim, to give us a land that flows with milk and honey, like as it is to see this day.
21 Nevertheless we have not hearkened unto the voice of Yahweh our Elohim, according unto all the words of the prophets, whom he sent unto us:
22 But every man followed the imagination of his own wicked heart, to serve strange elohim, and to do evil in the sight of Yahweh our Elohim.
*1) in Hebrew means “the lamp of Yahweh”   2) in Hebrew means “the works/acts of Yahweh”   3)in the latin vulgate listed as Sedecias, which is a Hellenized version of the name Zedekiah     4)in Hebrew means  “Yahweh is kind”      5)in Hebrew means “my portion is Yahweh”  6) Sivan is the second month of the Biblical Hebrew Calendar

 

Chapter 2

1 Therefore Elohim hath made good his word, which he pronounced against us, and against our judges that judged Yisra’el, and against our kings, and against our princes, and against the men of Yisra’el and Yehudah,
2 To bring upon us great plagues, such as never happened under the whole heaven, as it came to pass in Yerushalayim, according to the things that were written in the law of Mosheh;
3 That a man should eat the flesh of his own son, and the flesh of his own daughter.
4 Moreover he has delivered them to be in subjection to all the kingdoms that are round about us, to be as a reproach and desolation among all the people round about, where Elohim has scattered them.
5 Thus we were cast down, and not exalted, because we have sinned against Yahweh our Elohim, and have not been obedient unto his voice.
6 To Yahweh our Elohim appertains righteousness: but unto us and to our fathers open shame, as appears this day.
7 For all these plagues are come upon us, which Elohim has pronounced against us
8 Yet have we not prayed before Elohim, that we might turn every one from the imaginations of his wicked heart.
9 Wherefore Elohim watched over us for evil, and Elohim has brought it upon us: for Elohim is righteous in all his works which he has commanded us.
10 Yet we have not hearkened unto his voice, to walk in the commandments of Yahweh, that he has set before us.
11 And now, O Master Yahweh of Yisra’el, that has brought your people out of the land of Mitsrayim with a mighty hand, and high arm, and with signs, and with wonders, and with great power, and has gotten a name for Himself, as appears this day:
12 O Yahweh our Elohim, we have sinned, we have done unrighteous, we have dealt unrighteously in all of your ordinances.
13 Let your wrath turn from us: for we are but a few left among the heathen, where thou hast scattered us.
14 Hear our prayers, O Elohim, and our petitions, and deliver us for you own sake, and give us favor in the sight of them which have led us away:
15 That all the earth may know that you are Yahweh our Elohim, because Yisra’el and his posterity is called by Your name.
16 O Elohim, look down from your set-apart house, and consider us: bow down you ear, O Elohim, to hear us.
17 Open your eyes, and behold; for the dead that are in the graves, whose souls are taken from their bodies, will give unto Elohim neither praise nor righteousness:
18 But the soul that is greatly vexed, which goes stooping and feeble, and the eyes that fail, and the hungry soul, will give thee praise and righteousness, O Elohim.
19 Therefore we do not make our humble plea before you, O Yahweh our Elohim, for the righteousness of our fathers, and of our kings.
20 For you have sent out your wrath and indignation upon us, as you have spoken by your servants the prophets, saying,
21 Thus says the Master Yahweh, Bow down your shoulders to serve the king of Bavel: so shall you remain in the land that I gave unto your fathers.
22 But if you will not hear the voice of Elohim, to serve the king of Babylon,
23 I will cause to cease out of the cites of Yehudah, and from without Yerushalayim, the voice of mirth, and the voice of joy, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: and the whole land shall be desolate of inhabitants.
24 But we would not hearken unto your voice, to serve the king of Bavel: therefore have you made good the words that you spoke by your servants the prophets, namely, that the bones of our kings, and the bones of our fathers, should be taken out of their place.
25 And, lo, they are cast out to the heat of the day, and to the frost of the night, and they died in great miseries by famine, by sword, and by pestilence.
26 And the house which is called by your name have you laid waste, as it is to be seen this day, for the wickedness of the house of Yisra’el and the house of Yehudah.
27 O Yahweh our Elohim, you have dealt with us after all your goodness, and according to all of your compassion and loving-kindness,
28 As you spoke by your servant Mosheh in the day when you commanded him to write the law before the children of Yisra’el, saying,
29 If you will not hear my voice, surely this very great multitude shall be turned into a small number among the nations, where I will scatter them.
30 For I knew that they would not hear me, because it is a stiff-necked people: but in the land of their captivities they shall remember themselves.
31 And shall know that I am Yahweh your Elohim: for I will give them an heart, and ears to hear:
32 And they shall praise me in the land of their captivity¹, and think upon my name,
33 And return from their stiff neck, and from their wicked deeds: for they shall remember the way of their fathers, which sinned before Elohim.
35 And I will bring them again into the land which I promised² with an oath unto their fathers, Avraham, Yitschaq, and Ya’aqov, and they shall be masters of it: and I will increase them, and they shall not be diminished.
35 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them to be their Elohim, and they shall be my people³: and I will no more drive my people of Yisra’el out of the land that I have given them.
*1) Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah)  30:10; 46:27     2) Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 12:15; 16:15; 23:3; 24:6; 32:37       3) Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 7:23

 

Chapter 3

1 O Yahweh Almighty, Elohim of Yisra’el, the soul in anguish the troubled spirit, cries unto you.
2 Hear, O Elohim, and have compassion; for you are compassionate: and have pity upon us, because we have sinned before you.
3 For you endure forever, and we perish utterly.
4 O Master Yahweh, Elohim of Yisra’el, hear now the prayers of the dead Yisra’elites, and of their children, which have sinned before you, and not hearkened unto the voice of You their Elohim: for the which cause these plagues cleave unto us.
5 Remember not the iniquities of our forefathers: but think upon your power and your name now at this time.
6 For you are Yahweh our Elohim, and you, O Elohim, will we praise.
7 And for this cause you have put your fear in our hearts, to the intent that we should call upon your name, and praise you in our captivity: for we have called to mind all the iniquity of our forefathers, that sinned before you.
8 Behold, we are yet this day in our captivity, where you have scattered us, for a reproach and a curse, and to be subject to payments, according to all the iniquities of our fathers, which departed from Yahweh our Elohim.
9 Hear, Yisra’el, the commandments of life: give ear to understand wisdom.
10 How did it happen Yisra’el, that you are in your enemies’ land, that you are waxen old in a strange country, that you are defiled with the dead,
11 That you are counted with them that go down into the grave?
12 You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
13 For if you had walked in the way of Elohim, you should have dwelled in shalom forever.
14 Learn where is wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding; that you may know also where is length of days, and life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace.
15 Who has found out her place? or who has come into her treasures?
16 Where are the princes of the heathen become, and such as ruled the beasts upon the earth;
17 They that had their pastime with the fowls of the air, and they that hoarded up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and made no end of their getting?
18 For they that wrought in silver, and were so careful, and whose works are unsearchable,
19 They are vanished and gone down to the grave, and others are come up in their steads.
20 Young men have seen light, and dwelt upon the earth: but the way of knowledge have they not known,
21 Nor understood the paths thereof, nor laid hold of it: their children were far off from that way.
22 It hath not been heard of in Kena’an, neither hath it been seen in Teyman.
23 The Agarenes that seek wisdom upon earth, the merchants of Meran and of Teyman, the authors of fables, and searchers out of understanding; none of these have known the way of wisdom, or remember her paths.
24 O Yisra’el, how great is the house of Elohim! and how large is the place of his possession!
25 Great, and has no end; high, and unmeasurable.
26 There were the giants famous from the beginning, that were of so great stature, and so expert in war.
27 Those did not Elohim choose, neither gave he the way of knowledge unto them:
28 But they were destroyed, because they had no wisdom, and perished through their own foolishness.
29 Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds?¹
30 Who hath gone over the sea, and found her, and will bring her for pure gold?
31 No man knows her way, nor thinks of her path.
31 But he that knows all things knows her, and has found her out with his understanding: he that prepared the earth for evermore has filled it with four-footed beasts:
33 He that sends forth light, and it goes, calls it again, and it obeys him with fear.
34 The stars shined in their watches, and rejoiced: when he calls them, they say, Here we are; and so with cheerfulness they show light unto him that made them.
35 This is our Elohim, and there shall none other be accounted of in comparison of him.²
36 He has found out all the way of knowledge, and hath given it unto Ya’aqov his servant, and to Yisra’el his beloved.
37 Afterward did he showed himself upon earth, and conversed with men.
*1) Devarim (Deuteronomy) 3:11-14      2) Shemot (Exodus) 20:2-3

 

Chapter 4

1 This is the book of the commandments of Elohim, and the Torah that endures forever: all they that guard it shall come to life; but such as leave it shall die.
2 Turn, O Ya’aqov, and take hold of it: walk in the presence of the light, that you may be illuminated.
3 Give not your honor to another, nor the things that are profitable unto you to a strange nation.
4 O Yisra’el, blessed are we: for things that are pleasing to Elohim are made known unto us.
5 Be of good spirits, my people, the memorial of Yisra’el.
6 You were sold to the nations, not for your destruction: but because you moved Elohim to wrath, you were delivered unto the enemies.
7 For you provoked him that made you by sacrificing unto devils¹, and not to Elohim.
8 You have forgotten the everlasting Yahweh, that brought you up; and you have grieved Yerushalayim, that nursed you.
9 For when she saw the wrath of Elohim coming upon you, she said, Hearken, O you that dwell about Tsiyon: Yahweh has brought upon me great mourning;
10 For I saw the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting brought upon them.
11 With joy did I nourish them; but sent them away with weeping and mourning.
12 Let no man rejoice over me, a widow, and forsaken of many, who for the sins of my children am left desolate; because they departed from the Torah of Yahweh.
13 They knew not his statutes, nor walked in the ways of his commandments, nor walked in the paths of discipline in his righteousness.
14 Let them that dwell about Tsiyon come, and remember the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting hath brought upon them.
15 For he has brought a nation upon them from far, a shameless nation, and of a strange language, who neither reverenced old man, nor pitied child.
16 These have carried away the dear beloved children of the widow, and left her that was alone desolate without daughters.
17 But what can I help you?
18 For he that brought these plagues upon you will deliver you from the hands of your enemies.
19 Go your way, O my children, go your way: for I am left desolate.
20 I have put off the clothing of shalom, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer: I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days.
21 Be of good spirit, O my children, cry unto Elohim, and he will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.
22 For my hope is in the Everlasting, that he will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Kodesh One, because of the mercy which shall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Yeshua².
23 For I sent you out with mourning and weeping: but Yahweh will give you to me again with joy and gladness for ever.
24 Like as now the nations surrounding Tsiyon have seen your captivity: so shall they see shortly your salvation from our Elohim which shall come upon you with great esteem, and brightness of the Everlasting.
25 My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come upon you from Elohim: for you enemy has persecuted you; but shortly you shall see his destruction, and shalt tread upon his neck.
26 My delicate ones have gone rough ways, and were taken away as a flock caught of the enemies.
27 Be of comfort, O my children, and cry unto Yahweh: for you shall be remembered of him that brought these things upon you.
28 For as it was your mind to go astray from Yahweh: so, being returned, seek him ten times more.
29 For he that has brought these plagues upon you shall bring you everlasting joy with your salvation.
30 Take heart, O Yerushalayim: for he that gave you that name will comfort yourself.
31 Miserable are they that afflicted you and rejoiced at your fall.
32 Miserable are the cities which your children served: miserable is she that received your sons.
33 For as she rejoiced at your ruin and was glad of your fall: so shall she be grieved for her own desolation.
34 For I will take away the rejoicing of her great multitude, and her pride shall be turned into mourning.
35 For fire shall come upon her from the Everlasting, long to endure; and she shall be inhabited of devils for a great time.
36 O Yerushalayim, look about thee toward the east, and behold the joy that comes unto you from Elohim.
37 Lo, your sons come, whom you sent away, they come gathered together from the east to the west by the word of the Set-apart One, rejoicing in the esteem of Yahweh.
*1) Qorintiyim Aleph (1 Corinthians) 10:20-22   2) Yeshua in Hebrew means “salvation, savior, deliverance,” is also a name for the Messiah

 

Chapter 5

1 Put off, O Yerushalayim, the garment of mourning and affliction¹, and put on the comeliness of the esteem that comes from Yahweh forever.
2 Clothe yourself with the garment of righteousness which comes from Yahweh; and set a veil on your head, a symbol of the esteem of the Everlasting.
3 For Elohim will show your brightness unto every nation under the heavens.
4 For your name shall be called of Yahweh forever “The shalom of righteousness”, and the esteemed whom worship Yahweh .
5 Arise, O Yerushalayim, and stand on high, and look about toward the east, and behold your children gathered from the west unto the east by the word of the Set-Apart (Holy) One, rejoicing in the remembrance of Elohim.
6 For they departed from you on foot, and were led away of their enemies: but Elohim brings them unto you exalted with honor, as children of the kingdom.
7 For Elohim hath appointed that every high hill, and banks of long continuance, should be cast down, and valleys filled up, to make even the ground, that Yisra’el may go safely in the esteem of Elohim,
8 Moreover even the woods and every sweet-smelling tree shall overshadow Yisra’el by the commandment of Yahweh.
9 For Yahweh shall lead Yisra’el with joy in the light of his esteem with the loving-kindness and righteousness that comes from him.
*1) the garment of mourning and affliction usually refers to sackcloth, where is the garment of righteousness is a pure white robe.