36:1 And it came to pass in the fourth a year of Jehoiakim the
son of Josiah king of Judah, [that] this word came to
Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
(a) )Read Geneva "Jer 25:1")
36:2 Take thee a scroll of a book, and write in it all the words
that I have spoken to thee against Israel, and against
Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to
thee, b from the days of Josiah, even to this day.
(b) Which were twenty and three years, as in (Jer 25:3)
counting from the thirteenth year of Josiah's reign.
36:4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch
wrote c from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the
LORD, which he had spoken to him, upon a roll of a book.
(c) As he indicted.
36:5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I [am] d shut up;
I cannot go into the house of the LORD:
(d) Meaning, in prison through the malice of the priests.
36:6 Therefore go thou, and read in the scroll, which thou hast
written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of
the people in the LORD'S house upon the e day of fasting:
and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that
come out of their cities.
(e) Which was proclaimed for fear of the Babylonians, as
their custom was when they feared war, or any great
plague of God.
36:7 It may be they will f present their supplication before
the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for
great [is] the anger and the fury that the LORD hath
pronounced against this people.
(f) He shows that fasting without prayer and repentance
does nothing but is mere hypocrisy.
36:9 And it came to pass in the fifth g year of Jehoiakim the
son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, [that]
they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in
Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities
of Judah to Jerusalem.
(g) The fast was then proclaimed and Baruch read this rule
which was a little before Jerusalem was first taken,
and then Jehoiakim and Daniel and his companions were
led away captive.
36:10 Then Baruch read in the book the words of Jeremiah in the
house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of
Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entrance
of the h new gate of the LORD'S house, in the ears of
all the people.
(h) Which is the East gate of the temple.
36:16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words,
they were i afraid both one and another, and said to
Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words.
(i) The godly were afraid, seeing God so offended, and the
wicked were astonished for the horror of the
36:19 Then said the princes to Baruch, Go, k hide thyself,
thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye are.
(k) They who were godly among the princes gave this
counsel by whose means it is like that Jeremiah was
delivered for they knew the rage of the king and of
the wicked to be such that they could not escape
without danger of their lives.
36:22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the l ninth
month: and [there was a fire] on the hearth burning before
(l) Which contained part of November and part of December.
36:24 Yet they were not afraid, nor tore m their garments,
[neither] the king, nor any of his servants that heard all
(m) Showing that the wicked instead of repenting when they
hear God's judgments, grow into further malice against
him and his word.
36:26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and
Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of
Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the
prophet: but the LORD n hid them.
(n) Thus we see the continual care that God has over his
to preserve them from the rage of the wicked.
36:28 Take thee again o another scroll, and write in it all
the former words that were in the first scroll, which
Jehoiakim king of Judah hath burned.
(o) Though the wicked think to have abolished the word of
God when they have burnt the book of it, yet this
declares that God will not only raise it up again but
also increase it in greater abundance to their
condemnation as in (Jer 36:32).
36:29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith
the LORD; Thou hast burned this scroll, saying, p Why
hast thou written in it, saying, The king of Babylon shall
certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to
cease from there man and beast?
(p) These are Jehoiakim's words.
36:30 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim king of
Judah; He shall have q none to sit upon the throne of
David: and his r dead body shall be cast out in the day
to the heat, and in the night to the frost.
(q) Though Jehoiachin his son succeeded him, yet because
he reigned but three months, it was esteemed as no
(r) )Read Geneva "Jer 22:19")