1And I, Baruch, went and came to my people; and I called my eldest son and Gedaliah, my friend, 1 Text ‘the Gedaliahs, my friends’. and seven of the elders of the people, and I said to them,2
Behold, I go to my fathers, And tread the way 2 Lit. ‘According to the way’. of all the earth. 3 Do not forsake the way of the law, But guard and guide the people that are left, Lest they forsake the commandments of the Mighty One. 4 For you can see that he whom we serve is just, And that our creator has no favourites. 5 Look at what has befallen Zion, And what has happened to Jerusalem. 6 For the judgement of the Mighty One will be made known thereby, And his ways, which though unfathomable, are right. 7 For if you endure and persevere in the fear of him, And do not forget his law, The times will change for your good, And you will see the consolation of Zion. 8 Because whatever is now, is nothing, But what is to be will be very great. 9 For everything corruptible will pass away, And everything mortal will disappear: No memory of it will endure, For it is defiled with evils. 10 What makes good progress now will end in vanity, And what prospers now will shortly fall And be reduced to dust. 11 What is to be will become the object of desire, And on what is to come will we set our hopes, For it is a time that does not pass away. 12 The age 3 Lit. ‘hour’. is coming, which abides for ever, And the new world which does not turn to corruption Those who own its sway: 4 Lit. ‘those who walk in its beginning’. See n.3 to chap. xxxix. It has no pity for those on the road to torment, And leads not to perdition those who live in it. 13 For these are they who will inherit the time that has been spoken of, And theirs is the inheritance of the time that has been promised. 14 These are they who have won for themselves treasuries of wisdom, And with whom are found stores of understanding, And have not turned their backs on mercy, And have held fast to the truth of the law. 15 To them will be given the world to come; But the dwelling-place of the rest (and there are many of them) Will be in the abyss of fire.