11 When Micaiah son of Gemariah son of Shaphan heard all the words of the Lord from the scroll, 12he went down to the kings house, into the secretarys chamber; and all the officials were sitting there: Elishama the secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the officials. 13And Micaiah told them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the scroll in the hearing of the people. 14Then all the officials sent Jehudi son of Nethaniah son of Shelemiah son of Cushi to say to Baruch, Bring the scroll that you read in the hearing of the people, and come. So Baruch son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand and came to them. 15And they said to him, Sit down and read it to us. So Baruch read it to them. 16When they heard all the words, they turned to one another in alarm, and said to Baruch, We certainly must report all these words to the king. 17Then they questioned Baruch, Tell us now, how did you write all these words? Was it at his dictation? 18Baruch answered them, He dictated all these words to me, and I wrote them with ink on the scroll. 19Then the officials said to Baruch, Go and hide, you and Jeremiah, and let no one know where you are.
20 Leaving the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the secretary, they went to the court of the king; and they reported all the words to the king. 21Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the secretary; and Jehudi read it to the king and all the officials who stood beside the king. 22Now the king was sitting in his winter apartment (it was the ninth month), and there was a fire burning in the brazier before him. 23As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king* would cut them off with a penknife and throw them into the fire in the brazier, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier. 24Yet neither the king, nor any of his servants who heard all these words, was alarmed, nor did they tear their garments. 25Even when Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. 26And the king commanded Jerahmeel the kings son and Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest the secretary Baruch and the prophet Jeremiah. But the Lord hid them.
2 Make room in your hearts* for us; we have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. 3I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. 4I often boast about you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with consolation; I am overjoyed in all our affliction.
5 For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted in every waydisputes without and fears within. 6But God, who consoles the downcast, consoled us by the arrival of Titus, 7and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was consoled about you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. 8For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it (though I did regret it, for I see that I grieved you with that letter, though only briefly). 9Now I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance; for you felt a godly grief, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. 10For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death. 11For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves guiltless in the matter. 12So although I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong, nor on account of the one who was wronged, but in order that your zeal for us might be made known to you before God.
89 O Lord, your word is everlasting;
it ever stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness also remains from one generation to another;
you have established the earth and it abides.
91 So also your judgements stand firm this day,
for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my delight,
I should have perished in my trouble.
93 I will never forget your commandments,
for by them you have given me life.
94 I am yours, O save me!
For I have sought your commandments.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me,
but I will meditate on your testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection,
but your commandment knows no bounds.
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