1 THE word which the prophet Jeremiah addressed to Baruch son of Neriah when Baruch wrote these words in a scroll at Jeremiah's dictation in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah: 2These are the words of the LORD the God of Israel concerning you, Baruch: 3You said, ‘Woe is me, for the LORD has added grief to my trials. I have worn myself out with my labours and have had no respite.’ 4This is what you shall say to Baruch: These are the words of the LORD: What I have built, I demolish; what I have planted, I uproot. So it will be with the whole earth. 5You seek great things for yourself; leave off seeking them. I am about to bring disaster on all mankind, says the LORD, but wherever you go I shall let you escape with your life.