The Second Book of Baruch (1)

Baruch and JeremiahThe Second Book of Baruch

 
Yerusalem will be destroyed

1:1 And it happened in the twenty-fifth year of YeconiYah (Jeconiah), the king of Yahudah, that the Word of YAHWEH came to Baruch, the son of Neriah,

1:2 And said to him: Have you seen all that this people are doing to ME, the evil things which the two tribes which remained have done more than the ten tribes which were carried away into captivity?

1:3 For the former tribes were forced by their kings to sin, but these two have themselves forced and compelled their kings to sin.

1:4 Behold, therefore, I shall bring evil upon this city and its inhabitants. And it will be taken away from before MY presence for a time. And I shall scatter this people among the nations that they may be beneficial to the nations.

1:5 And MY people will be chastened, and the time will come that they will look for that which can make their times prosperous.

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2:1 This, then, I have said to you that you may say to YermeYah (Jeremiah) and all those who are like you that you may retire from this city. For your works are for this city like a firm pillar and your prayers like a strong wall.

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3:1 And I said:

3:2 O YAHWEH, Sovereign Master, have I therefore come into the world to see the evil things of my mother?

3:3 No, Sovereign Master. If I have found free unmerited favor and pardon in YOUR eyes, take away my ruach first that I may go to my fathers and I may not see the destruction of my mother.

3:4 For from two sides I am hard pressed: I cannot resist YOU, but my soul also cannot behold the evil of my mother. But one thing I shall say in YOUR presence, O YAHWEH: Now, what will happen after these things?

3:5 For if YOU destroy YOUR city and deliver up YOUR country to those who hate us, how will the name of Yisrael be remembered again?

3:6 Or how shall we speak again about YOUR splendid deeds? Or to whom again will that which is in YOUR Torah be explained?

3:7 Or will the universe return to its nature and the world go back to its original silence?

3:8 And will the multitude of the souls be taken away and will not the nature of man be mentioned again?

3:9 And where is all that which YOU said to Mosheh about us?

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The New Yerusalem

4:1 And YAHWEH said to me: This city will be delivered up for a time, And the people will be chastened for a time, And the world will not be forgotten.

4:2 Or do you think that this is the city of which I said: On the palms of MY hands I have carved you?

4:3 It is not this building that is in your midst now; it is that which will be revealed, with ME, that was already prepared from the moment that I decided to create Paradise. And I showed it to Adam before he sinned. But when he transgressed the commandment, it was taken away from him – as also Paradise.

4:4 After these things I showed it to MY servant Abraham in the night between the portions of the victims.

4:5 And again I showed it also to Mosheh on Mount Sinai when I showed him the likeness of the tabernacle and all its vessels.

4:6 Behold, now it is preserved with ME – as also Kingdom Paradise.

4:7 Now go away and do as I command you.

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Preparation made by the malakim before the enemies arrive

5:1 And I answered and said: So then I shall be guilty in Zion, that YOUR haters will come to this place and pollute YOUR sanctuary, and carry off YOUR heritage into captivity, and rule over them whom YOU love. And then they will go away again to the land of their idols, and boast before them. And what have YOU done to YOUR great NAME?

5:2 And YAHWEH said to me: MY NAME and MY splendor shall last unto eternity. MY judgment, however, shall assert its rights in its own time.

5:3 And you shall see with your eyes that the enemy shall not destroy Zion and burn Yerusalem, but that they shall serve the Judge for a time.

5:4 You, however, go away and do all which I have said to you.

5:5 And I went away and took with me YermeYah and Adu and SeraiYah and Jabish and GedaliYah and all the nobles of the people. And I brought them to the valley of Kidron and told them all which had been said to me.

5:6 And they raised their voices and they all lamented.

5:7 And we sat there and fasted until the evening.

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6:1 Now it happened on the following day that, behold, an army of the Chaldeans surrounded the city. And in the evening I, Baruch, left the people, went outside, and set myself by an oak.

6:2 And I was grieving over Zion and sighed because of the captivity which had come upon the people.

6:3 And behold, suddenly a strong ruach lifted me and carried me above the wall of Yerusalem.

6:4 And I saw, and behold, there were standing four malakim at the four comers of the city, each of them with a burning torch in his hands.

6:5 And another malak came down from heaven and said to them, “Hold your torches and do not light them before I say it to you.

6:6 Because I was sent first to speak a Word to the earth and then to deposit in it what YAHWEH, the Most High, has commanded me.”

6:7 And I saw that he descended in the Kodesh of HaKodesh and that he took from there the veil, the kodesh ephod, the mercy seat, the two tables, the kodesh raiment of the kohenim, the altar of incense, the forty-eight precious stones with which the kohenim were clothed, and all the kodesh vessels of the tabernacle.

6:8 And he said to the earth with a loud voice: Earth, earth, earth, hear the Word of the ALMIGHTY YAHWEH, and receive the things which I commit to you, and guard them until the last times, so that you may restore them when you are ordered, so that strangers may not get possession of them.

6:9 For the time has arrived when Yerusalem will also be delivered up for a time, until the moment that it will be said that it will be restored forever.

6:10 And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up.

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7:1 And after these things I heard this malak saying to the malakim who held the torches:

7:2 Now destroy the walls and overthrow them to their foundations so that the enemies do not boast and say, “We have overthrown the wall of Zion and we have burnt down the place of the ALMIGHTY YAHWEH.” And they restored me to the place where I once stood.

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The Enemies Enter the City

8:1 Now the malakim did as he had commanded them; and when they had broken up the comers of the wall, a voice was heard from the midst of the Great Tabernacle after the wall had fallen, saying:

8:2 Enter, enemies, and come, adversaries, because he who guarded the house has left it.

8:3 And I, Baruch, went away.

8:4 And it happened after these things that the army of the Chaldeans entered and seized the house and all that is around it.

8:5 And they carried away the people into captivity and killed some of them. And they put King ZedekiYah in irons and sent him to the king of Babylon.

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9:1 And I, Baruch, came with YermeYah, whose heart was found to be pure from sins, and who was not captured during the seizure of the city;

9:2 And we rent our garments, and wept and mourned, and fasted for seven days.

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Baruch’s lamentation

10:1 And it happened after seven days that the Word of YAHWEH came to me and said to me:

10:2 Tell YermeYah to go away in order to support the captives unto Babylon.

10:3 You, however, stay here in the desolation of Zion and I shall show you after these days what will happen at the end of days.

10:4 And I spoke to YermeYah as YAHWEH commanded me.

10:5 He, then, went away with the people, but I, Baruch, came back and sat in front of the doors of the Great Tabernacle, and I raised the following lamentation over Zion and said:

10:6 Blessed is he who was not born, or he who was born and died.

10:7 But we, the living, woe to us, because we have seen those afflictions of Zion, and that which has befallen Yerusalem.

10:8 I shall call the Sirens from the sea, and you, Lilin, come from the desert, and you, demons and dragons from the woods. Awake and gird up your loins to mourn, and raise lamentations with me, and mourn with me.

10:9 You, farmers, sow not again. And you, O earth, why do you give the fruit of your harvest? Keep within you the sweetness of your sustenance.

10:10 And you, vine, why do you still give your wine? For an offering will not be given again from you in Zion, and the firstfruits will not again be offered.

10:11 And you, heaven, keep your dew within you, and do not open the treasuries of rain.

10:12 And you, sun, keep the light of your rays within you. And you, moon, extinguish the multitude of your light. For why should the light rise again, where the light of Zion is darkened?

10:13 And you, bridegrooms, do not enter, and do not let the brides adorn themselves.

10:14 And you, wives, do not pray to bear children, for the barren will rejoice more. And those who have no children will be glad, and those who have children will be sad.

10:15 For why do they bear in pains only to bury in grief?

10:16 Or why should men have children again? Or why should the generation of their kind be named again, where this mother is lonely, and her children have been carried away in captivity?

10:17 Henceforth, do not speak anymore of beauty, and do not talk about comeliness.

10:18 You, kohenim, take the keys of the sanctuary, and cast them to the highest heaven, and give them to YAHWEH and say, “Guard YOUR house YOURSELF, because, behold, we have been found to be false stewards.”

10:19 And you, virgins who spin fine linen, and silk with gold of Ophir, make haste and take all things, and cast them into the fire, so that it may carry them to HIM who made them. And the flame sends them to HIM who created them, so that the enemies do not take possession of them.

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11:1 Now this I, Baruch, say to you, O Babylon: If you had lived in happiness and Zion in its splendor, it would have been a great sorrow to us that you had been equal to Zion.

11:2 But now, behold, the grief is infinite and the lamentation is unmeasurable, because, behold, you are happy and Zion has been destroyed.

11:3 Who will judge over these things? Or to whom shall we complain about that which has befallen us?

11:4 O YAHWEH, how have YOU borne it? Our fathers went to rest without grief and, behold, the righteous sleep at rest in the earth.

11:5 For they did not know this anguish nor did they hear that which has befallen us.

11:6 Would that you had ears, O earth and would that you had a heart, O dust, so that you might go and announce in the realm of death and say to the dead,

11:7 “You are more happy than we who live.”

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12:1 But I shall say as I think and I shall speak to you, O land, that which is happy.

12:2 The afternoon will not always burn nor will the rays of the sun always give light.

12:3 Do not think and do not expect that you will always have happiness and joy, and do not raise yourself too much and do not oppress.

12:4 For surely wrath will arise against you in its own time, because long-suffering is now held back, as it were, by reins.

12:5 And having said these things, I fasted for seven days.

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The nations will be judged

13:1 And after these things, it happened that I, Baruch, was standing on Mount Zion and, behold, a voice came from the high heavens, saying to me:

13:2 Stand upon your feet, Baruch, and hear the Word of the ALMIGHTY YAHWEH.

13:3 Because you have been astonished at that which has befallen Zion, you will surely be preserved until the end of times to be for a testimony.

13:4 This means that if these happy cities will ever say, “Why has the ALMIGHTY YAHWEH brought upon us this retribution?”,

13:5 You and those who are like you, those who have seen this evil and retribution coming over you and your nation in their own time, may say to them that the nations will be thoroughly punished.”

13:6 And this they may expect.

13:7 And when they say in that time, “When?”, you will say to them:

13:8 You who have drunk the clarified wine, you now drink its dregs, for the judgment of YAHWEH the Most High is impartial.

13:9 Therefore, HE did not spare HIS own sons first, but HE afflicted them as HIS enemies because they sinned.

13:10 Therefore, they were once punished, that they might be forgiven.

13:11 But now, you nations and tribes, you are guilty, because you have trodden the earth all this time, and because you have used creation unrighteously.

13:12 For I have always benefited you, and you have always denied the beneficence.

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What is the profit of being righteous?

14:1 And I answered and said: Behold, YOU have shown me the course of times, and that which will happen after these things.

14:2 And YOU have told me that the retribution of that which has been spoken by YOU will come upon the nations. And now, I know there are many who have sinned and who have lived in happiness and who have left the world, but there will be few nations left in those times to which those Words can be spoken which YOU said.

14:3 For what is the advantage (of this), or what evil worse than that which we have seen befall us can we expect to see?

14:4 But I will continue to speak before YOU.

14:5 What have they profited who have knowledge before YOU, and who did not walk in vanity like the rest of the nations, and who did not say to the dead: “Give life to us,” but always feared YOU and did not leave YOUR ways?

14:6 And, behold, they have been diligent and, nevertheless, YOU had no mercy on Zion on their account.

14:7 And if there are others who did evil, Zion should have been forgiven on account of the works of those who did moraly right works and should not have been overwhelmed because of the works of those who acted unrighteously.

14:8 O YAHWEH, Sovereign Master, who can understand YOUR judgment? Or who can explore the depth of YOUR way?

14:9 Or who can discern the majesty of YOUR path? Or who can discern YOUR incomprehensible counsel? Or who of those who are born has ever discovered the beginning and the end of YOUR Wisdom?

14:10 For we all have been made like breath.

14:11 For as breath ascends without human control and vanishes, so it is with the nature of men, who do not go away according to their own will, and who do not know what will happen to them in the end.

14:12 For the righteous justly have excellent hope for the end and go away from this habitation without fear because they possess with YOU a store of moraly right works which is preserved in treasuries.

14:13 Therefore, they leave this world without fear and are confident of the world which YOU have promised to them with an expectation full of joy.

14:14 But woe to those of us who have also now been treated shamefully and who await evils at that time.

14:15 But YOU know exactly what YOU have made of YOUR servants, for we are not able to understand that which is excellent like YOU, YAHWEH our Creator.

14:16 I shall continue to speak before YOUR presence, O YAHWEH, Sovereign Master.

14:17 When in the beginning the world did not exist with its inhabitants, YOU devised and spoke by means of YOUR Word and at the same time the works of YOUR creation stood before YOU.

14:18 And YOU said that YOU would make a man for this world as a guardian over YOUR works that it should be known that he was not created for the world, but the world for him.

14:19 And now, I see that the world which was made for us, behold, it remains; but we, for whom it was made, depart.

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15:1 And YAHWEH answered and said to me: You are rightly astonished about man’s departure, but your judgment about the evils which befell those who sin is incorrect.

15:2 And with regard to what you say about the righteous who are taken away and the wicked ones who are happy,

15:3 And with regard to what you say that man does not know your judgment,

15:4 For this reason, now, listen and I shall speak to you; pay attention and I shall let MY Words be heard.

15:5 It is true that man would not have understood MY judgment if he had not received the Torah and if he were not instructed with understanding.

15:6 But now, because he trespassed, having understanding, he will be punished because he has understanding.

15:7 And with regard to the righteous ones, those whom you said the world has come on their account, yes, also that which is coming is on their account.

15:8 For this world is to them a struggle and an effort with much trouble. And that accordingly which will come, a crown with great splendor.

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16:1 And I answered and said: O YAHWEH, Sovereign Master, behold, the present years are few and evil, and who can inherit that which is unmeasurable in this short time?

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17:1 And YAHWEH answered and said to me: With the Most High no account is taken of much time and of few years.

17:2 For what did it profit Adam that he lived nine hundred and thirty years and transgressed that which he was commanded?

17:3 Therefore, the multitude of time that he lived did not profit him, but it brought death and cut off the years of those who were born from him.

17:4 Or what did it harm Mosheh that he lived only one hundred and twenty years and, because he subjected himself to HIM who created him, he brought the Torah to the descendants of Yacob and he lighted a lamp to the generation of Yisrael?

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18:1 And I answered and said: He who lighted took from the light, and there are few who imitated him.

18:2 But many whom he illuminated took from the darkness of Adam and did not rejoice in the light of the lamp.

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19:1 And HE answered and said to me: Therefore he appointed a covenant for them at that time and said, “Behold, I appoint for you Life and death,” and HE called heaven and earth as a witness against them.

19:2 For he knew that his time was short, but that heaven and earth will stay forever.

19:3 They, however, sinned and trespassed after his death, although they knew that they had the Torah to reprove them and that Light in which nothing could err, apart from the spheres, which witnessed, and ME. And I judge everything that exists.

19:4 You, however, should not think about this in your heart and you should not be afflicted because of the things which have been.

19:5 For now the end of times is at stake whether it be property, happiness, or shame; and not its beginning.

19:6 For when a man is happy in his youth and is treated badly in his old age, he forgets all happiness he possessed.

19:7 And further, when a man is badly treated in his youth but will be happy in the end, he does not remember his unhappiness anymore.

19:8 And further, listen: Even if everyone had been happy continually since the day death was decreed against those who trespassed, but was destroyed in the end, everything would have been in vain.

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20:1 Therefore, behold, the days will come and the times will hasten, more than the former, and the periods will hasten more than those which are gone, and the years will pass more quickly than the present ones.

20:2 Therefore, I now took away Zion to visit the world in its own time more speedily.

20:3 Now, however, remember everything which I commanded you and seal it in the interior of your mind.

20:4 And then I shall show you MY strong judgment and MY unexplorable ways.

20:5 Therefore, go away and sanctify yourself for seven days and do not eat bread and do not drink water and do not speak to anybody.

20:6 And after this time come to this place, and I shall reveal MYSELF to you, and I shall speak to you true things, and I shall command you with regard to the course of times, for they will come and will not tarry.

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Prayer of Baruch, the Son of Neriah

21:1 I went from there and sat in the valley of Kidron in a cave of the earth and sanctified myself there and ate no bread, but I was not hungry; I drank no water, but I was not thirsty. And I stayed there until the seventh day as YAHWEH had commanded me.

21:2 And after this I came to the place where HE had spoken with me.

21:3 And it happened at sunset that my soul received many thoughts, and I began to speak in the presence of YAHWEH the Mighty One, and said:

21:4 O hear me, YOU who created the earth, the one who fixed the firmament by the Word and fastened the height of heaven by the Ruach, the one who in the beginning of the world called that which did not yet exist and they obeyed YOU.

21:5 YOU who gave commandments to the air with YOUR sign and have seen the things which are to come as well as those which have passed.

21:6 YOU who reign with great thoughts over the powers which stand before YOU, and who rules with indignation the countless kodesh beings, who are flame and fire, whom YOU created from the beginning, those who stand around YOUR throne.

21:7 For YOU alone (all) this exists so that YOU may create at once all that YOU want.

21:8 YOU are the one who causes the rain to fall on earth with a specific number of raindrops. YOU alone know the end of times before it has arrived. Hear my prayer.

21:9 For only YOU can sustain those who exist, those who have gone and those who will come, those who sin and those who have proved themselves to be righteous, since YOU are the Living One, the Inscrutable One.

21:10 For YOU are the only Living One, the Immortal One and the Inscrutable One, and YOU know the number of men.

21:11 And while many have sinned once, many others have proved themselves to be righteous.

21:12 YOU know where YOU have preserved the end of those who have sinned or the fulfillment of those who have proved themselves to be righteous.

21:13 For if only this life exists which everyone possesses here, nothing could be more bitter than this.

21:14 For of what help is strength which changes into weakness, or food in abundance which changes into famine, or beauty which changes into ugliness?

21:15 For the nature of men is always changeable.

21:16 For as we were once, we are no longer, and as we are now, we shall not remain in the future.

21:17 For if an end of all things had not been prepared, their beginning would have been senseless.

21:18 But let me know all that which comes from YOU, and regarding that which I ask YOU, enlighten me.

21:19 How long will corruption remain, and until when will the time of mortals be happy, and until when will those who pass away be polluted by the great wickedness in this world?

21:20 Therefore, command mercifully and confirm all that YOU have said that YOU would do so that YOUR Power will be recognized by those who believe that YOUR long-suffering means weakness.

21:21 And now show it to them, those who do not know, but who have seen that which has befallen us and our city, up to now, that it is in agreement with the long-suffering of YOUR Power, because YOU called us a beloved people on account of YOUR NAME.

21:22 From now, therefore, everything is in a state of dying.

21:23 Therefore, reprove the malak of death, and let YOUR splendor appear, and let the greatness of YOUR beauty be known, and let the realm of death be sealed so that it may not receive the dead from this time, and let the treasuries of the souls restore those who are enclosed in them.

21:24 For as many years have passed as those which passed since the days of Abraham, Yitschaq, and Yacob and all those who were like them, who sleep in the earth-those on whose account YOU have said YOU have created the world.

21:25 And now, show YOUR splendor soon and do not postpone that which was promised by YOU.

21:26 And it happened that when I had ended the words of this prayer, I became very weak.

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22:1 And afterward it happened that, behold, the heaven was opened, and I saw and strength was given to me, and a Voice was heard from on high which said to me:

22:2 Baruch, Baruch, why are you disturbed?

22:3 Who starts on a journey and does not complete it? Or who will be comforted making a sea voyage unless he can reach a harbor?

22:4 Or he who promises to give a present to somebody; is it not a theft, unless it is fulfilled?

22:5 Or he who sows the earth; does he not lose everything unless he reaps its harvest in its own time?

22:6 Or he who plants a vineyard; does the planter expect to receive fruit from it, unless it grows until its appointed time?

22:7 Or a woman who has conceived; does she not surely kill the child when she bears untimely?

22:8 Or he who builds a house, can it be called a house, unless it is provided with a roof and is finished? Tell this to ME first.

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23:1 And I answered and said: No, YAHWEH, the Sovereign Master.

23:2 And HE answered and said to me: Why, then, are you disturbed about that which you do not know, and why are you restless about that of which you do not possess any knowledge?

23:3 For as you have not forgotten men who exist and who have passed away, I remember those who will come.

23:4 For when Adam sinned and death was decreed against those who were to be born, the multitude of those who would be born was numbered. And for that number a place was prepared where the living ones might live and where the dead might be preserved.

23:5 No creature will live again unless the number that has been appointed is completed. For MY Ruach creates the living, and the realm of death receives the dead.

23:6 And further, it is given to you to hear that which will come after these times.

23:7 For truly, MY yashuah (salvation) which comes has drawn near and is not as far away as before.

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24:1 For behold, the days are coming, and the scrolls will be opened in which are written the sins of all those who have sinned, and moreover, also the treasuries in which are brought together the righteousness of all those who have proven themselves to be righteous.

24:2 And it will happen at that time that you shall see, and many with you, the long-suffering of YAHWEH the Most High, which lasts from generation to generation, who has been long-suffering toward all who are born, both those who sinned and those who proved themselves to be righteous.

24:3 And I answered and said: But, behold, O YAHWEH, a man does not know the number of things which pass away nor those which come.

24:4 For behold, I also know what has befallen me; but that which will happen with our enemies, I do not know, or when YOU will command YOUR works.

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25:1 And YAHWEH answered and said to me: You also will be preserved until that time, namely until that sign which YAHWEH the Most High will bring about before the inhabitants of the earth at the end of days.

25:2 This then will be the sign:

25:3 When horror seizes the inhabitants of earth, and they fall into many tribulations and further, they fall into great torments.

25:4 And it will happen that they will say in their thoughts because of their great tribulations, “YAHWEH the Mighty One does not anymore remember the earth”; It will happen when they lose hope, that the time will awake.

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The apocalypse of the twelve calamities and the coming of the Messiah

26:1 And I answered and said: That tribulation which will be will it last a long time; and that distress, will it embrace many years?

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27:1 And YAHWEH answered and said to me: That time will be divided into twelve parts, and each part has been preserved for that for which it was appointed.

27:2 In the first part: the beginning of commotions.

27:3 In the second part: the slaughtering of the great.

27:4 In the third part: the fall of many into death.

27:5 In the fourth part: the drawing of the sword.

27:6 In the fifth part: famine and the withholding of rain.

27:7 In the sixth part: earthquakes and terrors.

27:8 In the eighth part: a multitude of ghosts and the appearances of demons.

27:9 In the ninth part: the fall of fire.

27:10 In the tenth part: rape and much violence.

27:11 In the eleventh part: injustice and unchastity.

27:12 In the twelfth part: disorder and a mixture of all that has been before.

27:13 These parts of that time will be preserved and will be mixed, one with another, and they will minister to each other.

27:14 For some of these parts will withhold a part of themselves and take from others and will accomplish that which belongs to them and to others; hence, those who live on earth in those days will not understand that it is the end of times.

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28:1 But everyone who will understand will be wise at that time.

28:2 For the measure and the calculation of that time will be two parts: weeks of seven weeks.

28:3 And I answered and said: It is excellent that man should come so far and see, but it is better that he should not come so far lest he fall.

28:4 But I shall also say this:

28:5 Will he who is incorruptible despise those who are corruptible, and will he despise what happens with those who are corruptible so that he might only look to those who are not corruptible?

28:6 But when, YAHWEH, these things will surely come of which YOU spoke to me before, let me also know this, if I have found free unmerited favor and pardon in YOUR eyes:

28:7 Is it in one place or in one part of the earth that these things will come or will they be noticed by the whole earth?

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29:7 And YAHWEH answered and said to me: That which will happen at that time bears upon the whole earth. Therefore, all who live will notice it.

29:2 For at that time I shall only protect those found in this land at that time.

29:3 And it will happen that when all that which should come to pass in these parts has been accomplished, the Anointed One will begin to be revealed.

29:4 And Behemoth will reveal itself from its place, and Leviathan will come from the sea, the two great monsters which I created on the fifth day of creation and which I shall have kept until that time. And they will be nourishment for all who are left.

29:5 The earth will also yield fruits ten thousand fold. And on one vine will be one thousand branches, and one branch will produce one thousand clusters, and one cluster will produce one thousand grapes, and one grape will produce a cor of wine.

29:6 And those who are hungry will enjoy themselves and they will, moreover, see marvels every day.

29:7 For winds will go out in front of ME every morning to bring the fragrance of aromatic fruits and clouds at the end of the day to distill the dew of health.

29:8 And it will happen at that time that the treasury of manna will come down again from on high, and they will eat of it in those years because these are they who will have arrived at the consummation of time.

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30:1 And it will happen after these things when the time of the appearance of the Anointed One has been fulfilled and He returns with splendor, that then all who sleep in hope of Him will rise.

30:2 And it will happen at that time that those treasuries will be opened in which the number of the souls of the righteous were kept, and they will go out and the multitudes of the souls will appear together, in One assemblage, of one mind. And the first ones will enjoy themselves and the last ones will not be sad.

30:3 For they know that the time has come of which it is said that it is the end of times.

30:4 But the souls of the wicked will the more waste away when they shall see all these things.

30:5 For they know that their torment has come and that their perditions have arrived.

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Baruch speaks to the people

31:1 And it happened after these things, that I went to the people and said to them: Assemble to me all our elders and I shall speak words to you.

31:2 I And they all assembled in the valley of the Kidron.

31:3 And I began to speak and said to them: Hear, O Yisrael, and I shall speak to you, and you, O seed of Yacob, pay attention, and I shall teach you.

31:4 Do not forget Zion but remember the distress of Yerusalem.

31:5 For, behold, the days are coming, that all that has been will be taken away to be destroyed, and it will become as though it had not been.

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32:1 You, however, if you prepare your minds to sow into them the fruits of the Torah, YAHWEH shall protect you in the time in which YAHWEH the Mighty One shall shake the entire creation.

32:2 For after a short time, the building of Zion will be shaken in order that it will be rebuilt.

32:3 That building will not remain; but it will again be uprooted after some time and will remain desolate for a time.

32:4 And after that it is necessary that it will be renewed in splendor and that it will be perfected into eternity.

32:5 We should not, therefore, be so sad regarding the evil which has come now, but much more (distressed) regarding that which is in the future.

32:6 For greater than the two evils will be the trial when YAHWEH the Mighty One will renew HIS creation.

32:7 And now, do not draw near to me for some days and do not call upon me until I shall come to you.

32:8 And it happened after having said all these words to them that I, Baruch, went my way. And when the people saw that I went away, they raised their voices and lamented and said:

32:9 Where are you going from us, Baruch, and do you leave us as a father who leaves his children as orphans and goes away from them?

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33:1 These are the commands which your friend YermeYah, the prophet, gave to you. And he said to you,

33:2 “Look to this people during the time I am absent, while I help the rest of our brothers in Babylon, against whom has been declared the sentence that they should be carried away into captivity.”

33:3 And now, if you abandon us too, it would have been better for all of us that we shall die first, and that then you should abandon us.

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34:1 And I answered and said to the people: Heaven forbid that I should abandon you or that I should go away from you. But I shall go to the Kodesh of Ha Kodeshim to ask from YAHWEH the Mighty One on behalf of you and Zion so that I may receive in some ways more Light, and after that I shall return to you.

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The apocalypse of the forest, the vine, the fountain, and the cedar

35:1 And I, Baruch, went to the Kodesh place and sat on the ruins and wept and said:

35:2 O that my eyes were springs, and my eyelids, that they were a fountain of tears.

35:3 For how shall I be sad over Zion, and lament over Yerusalem?

35:4 For at the place where now I am prostrate, the high kohenim used to offer Kodesh sacrifices, and placed thereon incense of fragrant spices.

35:5 Now, however, that of which we are proud has become dust, and that which our soul desired is ashes.

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36:1 And when I had said this, I fell asleep at that place and saw a vision in the night.

36:2 And behold there was a forest with trees that was planted on the plain and surrounded by high mountains and rugged rocks. And the forest occupied much space.

36:3 And behold, over against it a vine arose, and from under it a fountain (ran) peacefully.

36:4 And that fountain came to the forest and changed into great waves, and those waves submerged the forest and suddenly uprooted the entire forest and overthrew all the mountains which surrounded it.

36:5 And the height of the forest became low, and that top of the mountains became low. And that fountain became so strong that it left nothing of the great forest except one cedar.

36:6 When it had also cast that one down, it destroyed the entire forest and uprooted it so that nothing was left of it, and its place was not even known anymore. Then that vine arrived with the fountain in shalom and in great tranquillity and arrived at a place which was not far away from the cedar, and they brought to him that cedar which had been cast down.

36:7 And I saw, and behold, that vine opened its mouth and spoke and said to the cedar, “Are you not that cedar which remained of the forest of wickedness? Because of you, wickedness remained and has been done during all these years, but never goodness.

36:8 And you possessed power over that which did not belong to you; you did not even show compassion to that which did belong to you. And you extended your power over those who were living far from you, and you keep those who are close to you in the nets of your wickedness, and you uplift your soul always like one who could not be uprooted.

36:9 But now your time has hastened and your hour has come.

36:10 Therefore O cedar, follow the forest which has departed before you and become ashes with it, and let your earth be mixed together.

36:11 And now, sleep in distress and rest in pain until your last time comes in which you will return to be tormented even more.”

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37:1 And after these things I saw that the cedar was burning and the vine growing, while it and all around it became a valley full of unfading flowers. And I awoke and arose.

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Interpretation of the apocalypse

38:1 And I prayed and said: O YAHWEH, the Sovereign Master, YOU are the ONE who has always enlightened those who conduct themselves with understanding.

38:2 YOUR Torah is Life, and YOUR wisdom is the right way.

38:3 Now, show me the explanation of this vision.

38:4 For YOU know that my soul has always been associated with YOUR Torah, and that I did not depart from YOUR wisdom from my earliest days.

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39:1 And YAHWEH answered and said to me: Baruch, this is the explanation of the vision which you have seen.

39:2 As you have seen the great forest surrounded by high and rocky mountains, this is the world:

39:3 Behold, the days will come when this kingdom that destroyed Zion once will be destroyed and that it will be subjected to that which will come after it.

39:4 This again will also be destroyed after some time. And another, a third, will rise and also that will possess power in its own time and will be destroyed.

39:5 After that a fourth kingdom arises whose power is harsher and more evil than those which were before it, and it will reign a multitude of times like the trees on the plain, and it will rule the times and exalt itself more than the cedars of Lebanon.

39:6 And the Truth will hide itself in this and all who are polluted with unrighteousness will flee to it like the evil beasts flee and creep into the forest.

39:7 And it will happen when the time of its fulfillment is approaching in which it will fall, that at that time the dominion of MY Anointed One which is like the fountain and the vine, will be revealed. And when it has revealed itself, it will uproot the multitude of its host.

39:8 And that which you have seen, namely the tall cedar, which remained of that forest, and with regard to the words which the vine said to it which you heard, this is the meaning.

*****

40:1 The last ruler who is left alive at that time will be bound, whereas the entire host will be destroyed. And they will carry Him on Mount Zion, and MY Anointed One will convict him of all his wicked deeds and will assemble and set before him all the works of his hosts.

40:2 And after these things He will kill him and protect the rest of MY people who will be found in the place that I have chosen.

40:3 And His dominion will last forever until the world of corruption has ended and until the times which have been mentioned before have been fulfilled.

40:4 This is your vision, and this is its explanation.

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About the apostates and the believers

41:1 And I answered and said: For whom and for how many will these things be? Or who will be worthy to live in that time?

41:2 I shall now say before YOU everything that I think, and I shall ask YOU about the things of which I meditate.

41:3 For behold, I see many of YOUR people who separated themselves from YOUR statutes and who have cast away from them the yoke of YOUR Torah.

41:4 Further, I have seen others who left behind their vanity and who have fled under YOUR wings.

41:5 What will, therefore, happen with those? Or how will that last time receive them?

41:6 Their time will surely not be weighed exactly, and they will certainly not be judged as the scale indicates?

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42:1 And YAHWEH answered and said to me:

42:2 Also these things I shall show you. As for what you said: “To whom and to how many will these things be?” The tov that was mentioned before will be to those who have believed, and the opposite of these things will be to those who have despised.

42:3 And as for that which you said with regard to those who have drawn near and to those who have withdrawn, this is the explanation.

42:4 As for those who have first subjected themselves and have withdrawn later and who mingled themselves with the seed of the mingled nations, their first time will be considered as mountains.

42:5 And those who first did not know Life and who later knew it exactly and who mingled with the seed of the people who have separated themselves, their first time will be considered as mountains.

42:6 And times will inherit times, and periods periods, and they will receive from one another. And then, with a view to the end, all will be compared according to the length of times and the hours of periods.

42:7 For corruption will take away those who belong to it, and Life those who belong to it.

42:8 And dust will be called, and told, “Give back that which does not belong to you and raise up all that you have kept until its own time.”

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43:1 You, however, Baruch, strengthen your heart with a view to that which has been said to you, and understand that which has been revealed to you because you have many consolations which will last forever.

43:2 For you will go away from this place and leave the regions which are now before your eyes. And you shall forget that which is corruptible and not again remember that which is among the mortal ones.

43:3 Go away, therefore, and command your people and come to this place and afterward fast seven days. And then I shall come to you and speak with you.

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Baruch speaks to the people

44:1 And I, Baruch, went from there and came to my people and called my first-born son and the Gedaliahs, my friends, and seven of the elders of the people and said to them:

44:2 Behold, I go to my fathers in accordance with the way of the whole earth.

44:3 You, however, do not withdraw from the way of the Torah, but guard and admonish the people who are left lest they withdraw from the commandments of YAHWEH the Mighty One.

44:4 For you see that HE whom we serve is righteous and that our Creator is impartial.

44:5 And see what has befallen Zion and what happened to Yerusalem,

44:6 that the judgment of YAHWEH the Mighty One will be made known, as well as HIS ways which are inscrutable and right.

44:7 For when you endure and persevere in HIS fear and do not forget HIS Torah, the time again will take a turn for the better for you. And they will participate in the consolation of Zion.

44:8 For that which is now is nothing. But that which is in the future will be very great.

44:9 For everything will pass away which is corruptible, and everything that dies will go away, and all present time will be forgotten, and there will be no remembrance of the present time which is polluted by evils.

44:10 For he who runs now runs in vain and he who is happy will fall quickly and be humiliated.

44:11 For that which will be in the future, that is what one will look for, and that which comes later, that is what we shall hope for. For there is a time that does not pass away.

44:12 And that period is coming which will remain forever; and there is the new world which does not carry back to corruption those who enter into its beginning, and which has no mercy on those who come into torment or those who are living in it, and it does not carry to perdition.

44:13 For those are the ones who will inherit this time of which it is spoken, and to these is the heritage of the promised time.

44:14 These are they who prepared for themselves treasures of wisdom. And stores of insight are found with them. And they have not withdrawn from mercy and they have preserved the Truth of the Torah.

44:15 For the coming world will be given to these, but the habitation of the many others will be in the fire.

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45:1 You, therefore, admonish the people as much as you can. For this is our work.

45:2 For, when you instruct them, you will make them alive.

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46:1 And my son and the elders of the people said to me: Did YAHWEH the Mighty One humiliate us to such an extent that HE will take you away from us quickly?

46:2 And shall we truly be in darkness, and will there be no Light anymore for that people who are left?

46:3 For where shall we again investigate the Torah, or who will distinguish between death and Life for us?

46:4 And I said to them: I cannot resist the throne of YAHWEH the Mighty One. But Yisrael will not be in want of a wise man, nor the tribe of Yacob, a son of the Torah.

46:5 But only prepare your heart so that you obey the Torah, and be subject to those who are wise and understanding with fear. And prepare your soul that you shall not depart from them.

46:6 If you do this, those pleasant tidings will come to you of which I spoke to you earlier, and you will not fall into the torment of which I spoke to you earlier.

46:7 But with regard to the word that I shall be taken up, I did not let it be known to them at that time, not even to my son.

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47:1 And after I had left, having dismissed them, I returned from there and said to them: Behold, I go to Hebron, for to there YAHWEH the Mighty One has sent me.

47:2 And I arrived at that place where the Word was spoken to me, and I sat there and fasted seven days.

Source: http://www.yahwehsword.org/books-of-baruch

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