Baruch and the Jews in Babylon
1These are the words of the book which Baruch the son of Nera'iah, son of Mahse'iah, son of Zedeki'ah, son of Hasadi'ah, son of Hilki'ah, wrote in Babylon, 2in the fifth year, on the seventh day of the month, at the time when the Chalde'ans took Jerusalem and burned it with fire. 3And Baruch read the words of this book in the hearing of Jeconi'ah the son of Jehoi'akim, king of Judah, and in the hearing of all the people who came to hear the book, 4and in the hearing of the mighty men and the princes, and in the hearing of the elders, and in the hearing of all the people, small and great, all who dwelt in Babylon by the river Sud.
5Then they wept, and fasted, and prayed before the Lord; 6and they collected money, each giving what he could; 7and they sent it to Jerusalem to Jehoi'akim the high priest,a the son of Hilki'ah, son of Shallum, and to the priests, and to all the people who were present with him in Jerusalem. 8At the same time, on the tenth day of Sivan, Baruchb took the vessels of the house of the Lord, which had been carried away from the temple, to return them to the land of Judah-the silver vessels which Zedeki'ah the son of Josi'ah, king of Judah, had made, 9after Nebuchadnez'zar king of Babylon had carried away from Jerusalem Jeconi'ah and the princes and the prisoners and the mighty men and the people of the land, and brought them to Babylon.
A Letter to Jerusalem
10And they said: "Herewith we send you money; so buy with the money burnt offerings and sin offerings and incense, and prepare a cereal offering, and offer them upon the altar of the Lord our God; 11and pray for the life of Nebuchadnez'zar king of Babylon, and for the life of Belshaz'zar his son, that their days on earth may be like the days of heaven. 12And the Lord will give us strength, and he will give light to our eyes, and we shall live under the protectionc of Nebuchadnez'zar king of Babylon, and under the protectiond of Belshaz'zar his son, and we shall serve them many days and find favor in their sight. 13And pray for us to the Lord our God, for we have sinned against the Lord our God, and to this day the anger of the Lord and his wrath have not turned away from us. 14And you shall read this book which we are sending you, to make your confession in the house of the Lord on the days of the feasts and at appointed seasons.
Confession of Sins
15"And you shall say: 'Righteousness belongs to the Lord our God, but confusion of face, as at this day, to us, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, 16and to our kings and our princes and our priests and our prophets and our fathers, 17because we have sinned before the Lord, 18and have disobeyed him, and have not heeded the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in the statutes of the Lord which he set before us. 19From the day when the Lord brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt until today, we have been disobedient to the Lord our God, and we have been negligent, in not heeding his voice. 20So to this day there have clung to us the calamities and the curse which the Lord declared through Moses his servant at the time when he brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt to give to us a land flowing with milk and honey. 21We did not heed the voice of the Lord our God in all the words of the prophets whom he sent to us, but we each followed the intent of his own wicked heart by serving other gods and doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord our God.