Baruch 1

1 {\cf2 And these are the woordes of the booke, which Baruch the sonne of Nerias, the sonne of Maasias, the sonne of Sedecias, the sonne of Asadias, the sonne of Helcias wrote in at Babylon,}

2 {\cf2 In the fifth yeere, and in the seuenth day of the moneth, what time as the Chaldeans tooke Ierusalem, and burnt it with fire.}

3 {\cf2 And Baruch did reade the woordes of this booke, that Iechonias the sonne of Ioacim king of Iuda might heare, and al the people that were come to heare the booke,}

4 {\cf2 And in the audience of the gouernour, & of the Kings sonnes, and before the Elders, and before the whole people, fro the lowest vnto the hiest, before all them that dwelt at Babylon by the riuer Sud.}

5 {\cf2 Which when they heard it, wept, fasted and made praiers before the Lord.}

6 {\cf2 They made a collection also of money, according to euery mans power,}

7 {\cf2 And sent it to Ierusalem vnto Ioacim ye sonne of Helcias the sonne of Salom priest, and vnto the other priests, and to all the people which were with him at Ierusalem,}

8 {\cf2 When hee had receiued the vessels of the Temple of the Lorde, that were taken away out of the Temple, to bring them againe into the lande of Iuda, the tenth day of the moneth Sinan, to wit, siluer vessels, which Sedecias the sonne of Iosias King of Iuda had made,}

9 {\cf2 After that Nabuchodonosor King of Babylon had led away Iechonias from Ierusalem, & his princes, and his nobles, prisoners, and the people, and caried them to Babylon.}

10 {\cf2 And they saide, Beholde, we haue sent you money, wherewith yee shall bye burnt offerings for sinne, and incense, and prepare a meat offering, and offer vpon the altar of the Lord our God,}

11 {\cf2 And praie for the life of Nabuchodonosor King of Babylon, and for the life of Baltasar his sonne, that their daies may be vpon earth, as the daies of heauen,}

12 {\cf2 And that God woulde giue vs strength and lighten our eyes, that we may liue vnder the shadowe of Nabuchodonosor King of Babylon, and vnder ye shadowe of Baltasar his sonne, that we may long do them seruice, & finde fauour in their sight.}

13 {\cf2 Pray for vs also vnto the Lord our God (for we haue sinned against the Lord our God, and vnto this day the furie of the Lorde and his wrath is not turned from vs.)}

14 {\cf2 And reade this booke (which we haue sent to you to be rehearsed in the Temple of the Lord) vpon the feast daies, and at time conuenient.}

15 {\cf2 Thus shall ye say, To the Lord our God belongeth righteousnesse, but vnto vs the confusion of our faces, as it is come to passe this day vnto them of Iuda, and to the inhabitants of Ierusalem,}

16 {\cf2 And to our Kings, and to our Princes, and to our Priestes, & to our Prophets, and to our fathers,}

17 {\cf2 Because we haue sinned before the Lorde our God,}

18 {\cf2 And haue not obeied him, neither hearkened vnto the voice of the Lorde our God, to walke in the commandements that he gaue vs openly.}

19 {\cf2 From the day that the Lord brought our fathers out of the lande of Egypt, euen vnto this day, we haue bene disobedient vnto the Lord our God, and we haue bene negligent to heare his voice.}

20 {\cf2 Wherefore these plagues are come vpon vs, and the curse which the Lorde appointed by Moyses his seruaunt at the time that hee brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to giue vs a land that floweth with milke and hony, as appeareth this day.}

21 {\cf2 Neuerthelesse, we haue not hearkened vnto the voice of the Lord our God, according to all the words of the Prophets, whome he sent vnto vs.}

22 {\cf2 But euery one of vs followed ye wicked imagination of his owne heart, to serue strange gods, and to doe euill in the sight of the Lord our God.}