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Jeremiah Forty Five

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Jeremiah 45:1 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spake unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,

Baruch. Baruch was Jeremiah's friend and secretary, the scribe who actually wrote down the words of the prophet's spoken messages.

Jeremiah 45:2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch;

Jeremiah 45:3 Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.

Jeremiah 45:4 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.

Jeremiah 45:5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

seek them not. Baruch had been a young man of good birth and great promise, but left that behind in order to serve the Lord by assisting Jeremiah in his God-called ministry. As a result, not only did the Lord spare his life when all the others who had fled into Egypt were losing theirs but his name has been known and honored by God's people in every generation since. And, of course, there is far more. Jesus said: “There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting” (Luke 18:29, 30).