1And after this, I, Baruch, was standing on mount Zion, and 2lo, a voice came from on high and said to me, Stand up, Baruch, and hear the word of the mighty God. 3Because you have been dismayed at what has happened to Zion you shall be kept safe and preserved until the consummation of the times. 4And you shall serve as witness, so that if ever those prosperous cities say, Why has the mighty God brought this retribution on us?, 5you can say to them (you and those like you who have seen this evil), 〈This is the evil〉 and retribution which has come on you and on your people in its appointed time, so that the nations may be thoroughly chastened. 6,7And they will be waiting for the end of it. 1 Lit. ‘they will be expecting’. And if they say at that time, When will the end of it be?, 8you shall say to them,
You who have drunk the wine that has been strained, Drink also of its dregs, This is the judgement of the Exalted One, Who has no favourites. 9 For this very reason he once had no mercy on his own sons, But afflicted them as if they were his enemies, Because they sinned: 10 Thus were they chastened then, That they might be sanctified. 11 But now, you peoples and nations, you are guilty, Because you have always trodden down the earth, And treated the creation shamefully; For I have always showered my gifts upon you, And you have always been ungrateful for them.
1 Lit. ‘they will be expecting’.