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

Chapter IV

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1And in the morning early, behold, the army of the Chaldaeans surrounded the city; and the great angel blew the trumpet, saying, Enter the city, army of the Chaldaeans, for behold, the gate has been opened for you. 2So the king entered with his host and took all the people captive. 3And Jeremiah took the keys of the temple, and went outside the city and threw them up in the face of the sun, saying, I tell you, sun, take the keys of God's temple, and guard them until the day when the Lord tells you what to do with them; 4because we have proved unworthy guardians of them and faithless stewards. 5 And while Jeremiah was still weeping for the people, he and they were dragged off to Babylon. 6But Baruch put dust on his head, and sat down and uttered this lament, saying,

Why is Jerusalem desolated? Because of the sins of the beloved people She is delivered into the enemies' hands, Because of our sins and the sins of the people. 7 But let not the lawless ones boast and say, We have been able to take God's city by our own strength. You have indeed prevailed against her; But it was because of our sins that we were delivered up. 8 And our God will have pity on us, And he will restore us to our city: But as for you, you will not endure. 1 Lit. ‘you will not have life’. 9 Blessed are our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, For they departed from this world And did not see the destruction of this city.

10And when he had said this, he went out weeping and saying, O Jerusalem, I leave you, mourning for you. 11And he remained, sitting on a tomb, while the angels came and told him in detail about everything.

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1 Lit. ‘you will not have life’.

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