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

Chapter III

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1And when midnight came 1 Lit. ‘And when the hour of the night came’. Jeremiah and Baruch went up together onto the city walls in accordance with the Lord's instructions to Jeremiah. 2And behold, a trumpet-blast sounded, and angels came forth from heaven with torches in their hands; and they stood on the city walls. 3And when Jeremiah and Baruch saw them, they wept, saying, Now we know indeed that what we were told is true. 4And Jeremiah pleaded with the angels, saying, Do not destroy the city yet, I beg you, before I have had an opportunity to say something to the Lord. And the Lord said to the angels, Do not destroy the city before I have spoken with Jeremiah, my chosen one. And Jeremiah said, Lord, I pray thee, bid me speak before thee. And the Lord said, Speak, Jeremiah, my chosen one. And 5,6Jeremiah said, Behold, Lord, now we know that thou art delivering thy city into the hands of its enemies, and they will carry off the people to Babylon. 7What should we do with the sacred things in thy temple and the vessels used in thy service? What wouldest thou have us do with them? 8And the Lord said to him, Take them and consign them to the earth, 2 So ab: c Eth. add ‘and to the altar’. Cp. verse 14. saying, Listen, Oearth, to the voice of him who created you in the abundance of the waters, who sealed you with seven seals in seven periods of time, and who will afterwards receive your beauty: guard the vessels of the service till the coming of the Beloved One. 9And Jeremiah said, I beseech thee, Lord, show me too what I should do about Abimelech the Ethiopian, for he has done many kindnesses to the people, and to thy servant Jeremiah (for it was he who hoisted me up out of the muddy pit), and I would not wish him to see the city's destruction and desolation, and be distressed about it. 10And the Lord said to Jeremiah, Send him to the vineyard of Agrippa by the mountain road; and I will shelter him there until I bring the people back to the city. 11And the Lord also said to Jeremiah, Go with your people to Babylon, and stay with them and preach to them, 3 Lit. ‘stay with them evangelizing them’. Cp. v. 21. until I bring them back to the city. 12But leave Baruch here until I speak to him. 13And when he had said this, he left Jeremiah and went up into heaven. 14And Jeremiah and Baruch went into the sanctuary and consigned the vessels of the service to the earth, 4 So ab Eth.: c adds ‘and to the altar’. Cp. verse 8. as the Lord had instructed them, and the earth swallowed them instantly; and the two of them sat down and wept. 15And in the morning early, Jeremiah sent Abimelech away, saying, Take your basket and go to Agrippa's farm by the mountain road: fetch a few figs, and give them to those of the people who are ill: on you be joy from the Lord, and may his glory rest upon your head. 16And Abimelech went off and did as he had been told.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘And when the hour of the night came’.

2 So ab: c Eth. add ‘and to the altar’. Cp. verse 14.

3 Lit. ‘stay with them evangelizing them’. Cp. v. 21.

4 So ab Eth.: c adds ‘and to the altar’. Cp. verse 8.

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