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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter II

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1And Jeremiah rent his clothes and put dust upon his head; and he went in to the sanctuary of God. 2And when Baruch saw him with dust sprinkled on his head and his clothes rent, he cried out aloud, saying, Father Jeremiah, What is the matter with you? 1 Lit. ‘What is it to you?’. 3What sin have the people committed now? (And he said this because, whenever the people sinned, Jeremiah would sprinkle dust on his head and pray for the people, that their sin might be forgiven. 4 That is why Baruch asked him, saying, Father, what is the matter with you? 1 Lit. ‘What is it to you?’. ) 5And Jeremiah said to him, See that you too rend your clothes, but rather let us rend our hearts; and let us not draw water for the drinking-troughs, but rather let us weep and fill them with tears, for the Lord will have no mercy on this people. 6And Baruch said, Father Jeremiah, what has happened? 7And Jeremiah said, God is delivering the city into the hands of the king of the Chaldaeans, to take the people captive to Babylon. 8And when Baruch heard this, he too rent his clothes and said, Father Jeremiah, who has told you this? 9And Jeremiah said to him, Stay with me here a little longer, until midnight, 2 Lit. ‘until the sixth hour of the night’. and you will learn that what I have told you is true. 10So they remained by the altar weeping.

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1 Lit. ‘What is it to you?’.

2 Lit. ‘until the sixth hour of the night’.

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