The Second Book of Baruch (2)

Baruch and JeremiahThe Second Book of Baruch

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Prayer of Baruch

48:1  And it happened after seven days that I prayed before YAHWEH the Mighty One and said:

48:2  O YAHWEH, YOU summon the coming of the times, and they stand before YOU. YOU cause the display of power of the worlds to pass away and they do not resist YOU. YOU arrange the course of the periods, and they obey YOU.

48:3  Only YOU know the length of the generations, and YOU do not reveal YOUR secrets to many.

48:4  YOU make known the multitude of the fire, and YOU weigh the lightness of the wind.

48:5  YOU investigate the end of the heights, and YOU scrutinize the depths of darkness.

48:6  YOU command the number which will pass away, and which will be preserved. And YOU prepare a house for those who will be.

48:7  YOU remember the beginning which YOU created, and YOU do not forget that destruction which will come.

48:8  With signs of fear and threat YOU command the flames, and they change into winds. And with the Word YOU bring to Life that which does not exist, and with great Power YOU hold that which has not yet come.

48:9  YOU instruct the creation with YOUR understanding, and YOU give wisdom to the spheres so that they minister according to their positions.

48:10  Innumerable hosts stand before YOU, and serve peacefully YOUR sign according to their positions.

48:11  Hear YOUR servant, and regard my appeal.

48:12  For we are born in a short time, and in a short time we return.

48:13  With YOU, however, the hours are like times, and the days like generations.

48:14  Be, therefore, not angry at man because he is nothing; and do not take count of our works; for what are we?

48:15  For behold, by YOUR gift we come into the world, and we do go not of our own will.

48:16  For we did not say to our parents: “Beget us,” nor have we sent to the realm of death saying: “Receive us.”

48:17  What therefore is our strength that we can bear YOUR wrath, or what are we that we can endure YOUR judgment?

48:18  Protect us in YOUR free unmerited favor and pardon, and in YOUR mercy help us.

48:19  Look at the small ones who submit to YOU, and deliver all those who come to YOU. And do not take away the hope of our people, and do not make short the times of our help.

48:20  For these are the people whom YOU have elected, and this is the nation of which YOU found no equal.

48:21  But I shall speak to YOU now, and I shall say as my heart thinks.

48:22  In YOU we have put our trust, because, behold, YOUR Torah is with us, and we know that we do not fall as long as we keep YOUR statutes.

48:23  We shall always be blessed; at least, we did not mingle with the nations. For we are all a people of the NAME; we, who received one Torah from YAHWEH the One.

48:24  And that Torah that is among us will help us, and that excellent wisdom which is in us will support us.

48:25  And when I had prayed these things I became very weak.

48:26  And HE answered and said to me: You have prayed honestly, Baruch, and all your words have been heard.

48:27  But MY judgment asks for its own, and MY Torah demands its right.

48:28  For from your words I shall answer you, and from your prayer I shall speak with you.

48:29  Because it is as follows: There is nothing that will be destroyed unless it acted wickedly, if it had been able to do something without remembering MY goodness and accepting MY long-suffering.

48:30  For this reason surely you will be taken up, as I said to you before.

48:31  And the time will come of which I spoke to you and that true is appearing which brings affliction. For it will come and pass away with enormous vehemence; and arriving in the heat of indignation, it will be turbulent.

48:32  And it will be in those days that all inhabitants of the earth will live with each other in shalom, because they do not know that MY judgment has come near.

48:33  For in that time there will not be found many wise men and there will also be not many intelligent ones, but, in addition, they who know will be silent more and more.

48:34  And there will be many tidings and not a few rumors, and the works of the phantoms will be visible, and not a few promises will be told, some idle and others affirmed.

48:35  And honor will change itself into shame, and strength will be humiliated to contempt, and the strong one will be broken down, and beauty will become contemptible.

48:36  And many will say to many in that time, “Where did the multitude of intelligence hide itself and where did the multitude of wisdom depart?”

48:37  And when one thinks about these things, jealousy will arise in those who did not think much of themselves; and passion will take hold of those who were peaceful; and many will be agitated by wrath to injure many; and they will raise armies to shed blood; and they will perish with those in the end.

48:38  And it will happen in that time that a change of times will reveal itself openly for the eyes of everyone because they polluted themselves in all those times and caused oppression, and each one walked in his own works and did not remember the Torah of YAHWEH the Mighty One.

48:39  Therefore, a fire will consume their thoughts, and with a flame the meditations of their kidneys will be examined. For the Judge will come and will not hesitate.

48:40  For each of the inhabitants of the earth knew when he acted unrighteously, and they did not know MY Torah because of their pride.

48:41  But many will surely weep at that time-more, however, because of the living ones than of the dead.

48:42  And I answered and said:  O Adam, what did you do to all who were born after you? And what will be said of the first Eve who obeyed the serpent,

48:43  so that this whole multitude is going to corruption? And countless are those whom the fire devours.

48:44  But again I shall speak before YOU.

48:45  YOU, O YAHWEH, Sovereign Master, YOU know that which is in YOUR creation,

48:46  for YOU commanded the dust one day to produce Adam; and YOU knew the number of those who are born from him and how they sinned before YOU, those who existed and who did not recognize YOU as their Creator.

48:47  And concerning all of those, their end will put them to shame, and YOUR Torah which they transgressed will repay them on YOUR day.

48:48  And HE answered and said to me: But now, let us cease talking about the wicked and inquire about the righteous.

48:49  And I will tell about their blessedness and I shall not be silent about their splendor which is kept for them.

48:50  For surely, as you endured much labor in the short time in which you live in this passing world, so you will receive great Light in that world which has no end.

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49:1  But further, I ask YOU, O YAHWEH the Mighty One; and I shall ask free unmerited and pardon from YOU who created all things.

49:2  In which shape will the living live in YOUR day? Or how will remain their splendor which will be after that?

49:3  Will they, perhaps, take again this present form, and will they put on the chained members which are in evil and by which evils are accomplished? Or will you perhaps change these things which have been in the world, as also the world itself?

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50:1  And HE answered and said to me:  Listen, Baruch, to this Word and write down in the memory of your heart all that you shall learn.

50:2  For the earth will surely give back the dead at that time; it receives them now in order to keep them, not changing anything in their form. But as it has received them so it will give them back. And as I have delivered them to it so it will raise them.

50:3  For then it will be necessary to show those who live that the dead are living again, and that those who went away have come back.

50:4  And it will be that when they have recognized each other, those who know each other at this moment, then MY judgment will be strong, and those things which have been spoken of before will come.

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51:1  And it will happen after this day which I appointed is over that both the shape of those who are found to be guilty as also the splendor of those who have proved to be righteous will be changed.

51:2  For the shape of those who now act wickedly will be made more evil than it is (now) so that they shall suffer torment.

51:3  Also, as for the honor and splendor of those who proved to be righteous on account of MY Torah, those who possessed intelligence in their life, and those who planted the root of wisdom in their heart; their honor and splendor will then be magnified by transformations, and the shape of their face will be changed into the Light of their beauty so that they may acquire and receive the undying world which is promised to them.

51:4  Therefore, especially they who will then come will be sad, because they despised MY Torah and stopped their ears lest they hear wisdom and receive intelligence.

51:5  When they, therefore, will see that those over whom they are exalted now will then be more exalted and magnified than they, then both these and those will be changed, these into the honor and splendor of malakim and those into startling visions and horrible shapes; and they will waste away even more.

51:6  For they will first see and then they will go away to be tormented.

51:7  Miracles, however, will appear at their own time to those who are saved because of their works and for whom the Torah is now a hope, and intelligence, expectation, and wisdom a trust.

51:8  For they shall see that world which is now invisible to them, and they will see a time which is now hidden to them.

51:9  And time will no longer make them older.

51:10  For they will live in the heights of that world and they will be like the malakim and be equal to the stars. And they will be changed into any shape which they wished, from beauty to loveliness, and from light to the splendor of honor.

51:11  For the extents of Kingdom Paradise will be spread out for them, and to them will be shown the beauty of the majesty of the living beings under the throne, as well as all the hosts of the malakim, those who are held by MY Word now lest they show themselves, and those who are withheld by MY command so that they may stand at their places until their coming has arrived.

51:12  And the excellence of the righteous will then be greater than that of the malakim.

51:13  For the first will receive the last, those whom they expected; and the last, those of whom they had heard that they had gone away.

51:14  For they have been saved from this world of affliction and have put down the burden of anguishes.

51:15  Because of which men lost their life and for what have those who were on the earth exchanged their soul?

51:16  For once they chose for themselves that time which cannot pass away without afflictions. And they chose for themselves that time of which the end is full of lamentations and evils. And they have denied the world that does not make those who come to it older. And they have rejected the time which causes splendor so that they are not coming to the splendor of which I spoke to you before.

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52:1  And I answered and said: How shall we forget those for whom at that time woe is preserved?

52:2  And why are we again sad for those who die? Or why do we weep for those who go into the realm of death?

52:3  The lamentations should be kept for the beginning of that coming torment; let the tears be laid down for the coming of that destruction which will then come.

52:4  But with a view of these things, I shall also speak.

52:5  And concerning the righteous ones, what will they do now?

52:6  And HE answered and said: Enjoy yourselves in the suffering which you suffer now. For why do you look for the decline of your enemies?

52:7  Prepare your souls for that which is kept for you, and make ready your souls for the reward which is preserved for you. And when HE had said this I fell asleep there.

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The apocalypse of the clouds

53:1  And I saw a vision. And behold, a cloud was coming up from the great sea. And I was looking at it, and behold, it was entirely filled with black water and there were many colors in that water. And something like great lightning appeared at its top.

53:2  And I saw that the cloud was rapidly passing in a quick run and covering the whole earth.

53:3  And it happened after this that the cloud began to pour the water that it contained upon the earth.

53:4  And I saw that the water which descended from it was not of the same likeness.

53:5  For at first, it was very black until a certain time. And then, I saw that the water became bright, but there was not much of it. And after this, I saw black water again, and after this bright again, and black again and bright again.

53:6  This, now, happened twelve times, but the black were always more than the bright.

53:7  And it happened at the end of the cloud that, behold, it poured black water and it was much darker than all the water that had been before. And fire was mingled with it. And where that water descended, it brought about devastation and destruction.

53:8  And after this I saw how the lightning which I had seen at the top of the cloud seized it and pressed it down to the earth.

53:9  That lightning shone much more, so that it lighted the whole earth and healed the regions where the last waters had descended and where it had brought about destruction.

53:10  And it occupied the whole earth and took command of it.

53:11  And after this I saw, behold, twelve rivers came from the sea and surrounded the lightning and became subject to it.

53:12  And because of my fear I awoke.

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Prayer of Baruch

54:1  And I asked YAHWEH the Mighty One and said: YOU alone, O YAHWEH, knew the heights of the world beforehand and that which will happen in the times which YOU bring about by YOUR Word. And against the works of the inhabitants of the earth YOU hasten the beginnings of the times. And the ends of the periods YOU alone know.

54:2  YOU are the one for whom nothing is hard; but YOU are, however, the one who easily accomplishes all by a sign.

54:3  YOU are the one to whom both the depths and the heights come together, and whose Word the beginnings of the periods serve.

54:4  YOU are the one who reveals to those who fear that which is prepared for them so that YOU may comfort them.

54:5  YOU show YOUR mighty works to those who do not know. YOU pull down the enclosure for those who have no experience and enlighten the darknesses, and reveal the secrets to those who are spotless, to those who subjected themselves to YOU and YOUR Torah in faith.

54:6  YOU showed this vision to YOUR servant; open to me its exposition also.

54:7  For I know that I have received the answer regarding the subjects about which I asked YOU, and that YOU gave me a revelation about that which I asked, and that YOU have let me know with what voice I should honor YOU or from which members I should cause honor and praise to go up to YOU.

54:8  For if my members should be mouths and the hairs of my head voices, even so I should not be able to honor YOU properly; and I should not be able to utter YOUR splendor or to express the excellence of YOUR beauty.

54:9  For who am I among men or what is my significance among those who are more excellent than I that I have heard all these marvelous things from YAHWEH the Most High and innumerable promises from HIM who created me?

54:10  Blessed is my mother among those who bear, and praised among women is she who bore me.

54:11  For I shall not be silent in honoring YAHWEH the Mighty One but with the voice of reverence I shall narrate HIS marvelous works.

54:12  For who is able to imitate YOUR miracles, O YAHWEH, or who understands YOUR deep thoughts of Life?

54:13  For with YOUR counsel, YOU reign over all creation which YOUR right hand has created, and YOU have established the whole fountain of Light with YOURSELF, and YOU have prepared under YOUR throne the treasures of wisdom.

54:14  And those who do not love YOUR Torah are justly perishing. And the torment of judgment will fall upon those who have not subjected themselves to YOUR Power.

54:15  For, although Adam sinned first and has brought death upon all who were not in his own time, yet each of them who has been born from him has prepared for himself the coming torment. And further, each of them has chosen for himself the coming splendor.

54:16  For truly, the one who believes will receive reward.

54:17  But now, turn yourselves to destruction, you unrighteous ones who are living now, for you will be visited suddenly, since you have once rejected the understanding of YAHWEH the Most High.

54:18  For HIS works have not taught you, nor has the artful work of HIS creation which has existed always persuaded you.

54:19  Adam is, therefore, not the cause, except only for himself, but each of us has become our own Adam.

54:20  YOU, however, O YAHWEH, explain to me what YOU have revealed to me. And inform me about that which I asked YOU.

54:21  For at the end of the world, a retribution will be demanded with regard to those who have done wickedly in accordance with their wickedness, and YOU will honor the faithful ones in accordance with their faith.

54:22  For those who are among YOUR own, YOU rule; and those who sin, YOU blot out among YOUR own.

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Interpretation of the apocalypse

55:1  And it happened that when I had finished the words of this prayer, I sat down there under a tree to rest in the shadow of its branches.

55:2  And I was surprised and astonished, and I pondered in my thoughts about the multitude of the goodness which the sinners who are on earth have rejected from them, and about the great punishment which they have despised, when they knew that they should be punished because of the sins they have committed.

55:3  And while I was pondering these and similar things, behold, Ramael, the malak who is set over true visions, was sent to me and said to me:

55:4  Why does your heart trouble you, Baruch, and why are you disturbed by your thought?

55:5  For if you are already disturbed, only hearing about the judgment, what about when you see it with your eyes openly?

55:6  And if you are already so disturbed by the expectation with which you expect the day of YAHWEH the Mighty One, what about when you arrive at its coming?

55:7  And if you are so fully terrified by the Words of the announcement of the punishment of those who have transgressed, how much more when this event itself will reveal marvelous things?

55:8  And if you have heard the names of the tov and evil things which will come at that time, and if you are grieved, what about when you will see what the Majesty will reveal, who will convince some and cause others to rejoice?

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56:1  But now, since you have asked YAHWEH the Most High to reveal to you the explanation of the vision which you have seen,

56:2  I have been sent to say to you that YAHWEH the Mighty One has let you know the course of times, namely those which have passed and those which in HIS world will come to pass, from the beginning of HIS creation until the end, (the times) which are known by deceit and by Truth.

56:3  For as you saw a great cloud which came up from the sea and went and covered the earth; this is the length of the world which YAHWEH the Mighty One has created when HE took counsel in order to create the world.

56:4  And it happened when the word had gone out from HIM, that the length of the world was standing as something small, and it was established in accordance with the abundance of the intelligence of HIM who let it go forth.

56:5  And as you first saw the black waters on the top of the cloud which first came down upon the earth; this is the transgression which Adam, the first man, committed.

56:6  For when he transgressed, untimely death came into being, mourning was mentioned, affliction was prepared, illness was created, labor accomplished, pride began to come into existence, the realm of death began to ask to be renewed with blood, the conception of children came about, the passion of the parents was produced, the loftiness of men was humiliated, and goodness vanished.

56:7  What could, therefore, have been blacker and darker than these things?

56:8  This is the beginning of the black waters which you have seen.

56:9  And from these black waters again black were born, and very dark darkness originated.

56:10  For he who was a danger to himself was also a danger to the malakim.

56:11  For they possessed freedom in that time in which they were created.

56:12  And some of them came down and mingled themselves with women.

56:13  At that time they who acted like this were tormented in chains.

56:14  But the rest of the multitude of malakim, who have no number, restrained themselves.

56:15  And those living on earth perished together through the waters of the flood.

56:16  Those are the first black waters.

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57:1  And after these you saw the bright waters; that is the fountain of Abraham and his generation, and the coming of his son, and the son of his son, and of those who are like them.

57:2  For at that time the unwritten Torah was in force among them, and the works of the commandments were accomplished at that time, and the belief in the coming judgment was brought about, and the hope of the world which will be renewed was built at that time, and the promise of the Life that will come later was planted.

57:3  Those are the bright waters which you have seen.

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58:1  And the third black waters you have seen; that is the mingling of all sins which the nations committed afterward, after the death of those righteous men, and the wickedness of the land of Egypt, in which they acted wickedly in the oppression with which they oppressed their sons.

58:2  But also these perished at the end.

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59:1  And the fourth bright waters which you have seen; that is the coming of Mosheh, and of Aaron, and of Miriam, and of Joshua, the son of Nun, and of Caleb, and all those who are like these.

59:2  For at that time the lamp of the eternal Torah which exists forever and ever illuminated all those who sat in darkness. This (lamp) will announce to those who believe the promise of their reward and to those who deny the punishment of the fire which is kept for them.

59:3  But also the heaven will be shaken from its place at that time; that is, the heavens which are under the throne of YAHWEH the Mighty One were severely shaken when HE took Mosheh with HIM.

59:4  For HE showed him many warnings together with the ways of the Torah and the end of time, as also to you; and then further, also the likeness of Zion with its measurements which was to be made after the likeness of the present sanctuary.

59:5  But HE also showed him, at that time, the measures of fire, the depths of the abyss, the weight of the winds, the number of the raindrops,

59:6  the suppression of wrath, the abundance of long-suffering, the Truth of Judgment,

59:7  the root of wisdom, the richness of understanding, the fountain of knowledge,

59:8  the height of the air, the greatness of Kingdom Paradise, the end of the periods, the beginning of the day of judgment,

59:9  the number of offerings, the worlds which have not yet come,

59:10  the mouth of hell, the standing place of vengeance, the place of faith, the region of hope,

59:11  the picture of the coming punishment, the multitude of the malakim which cannot be counted, the powers of the flame, the splendor of lightnings, the voice of the thunders, the orders of the Chief malakim, the treasuries of the Light, the changes of the times, and the inquiries into the Torah.

59:12  These are the fourth bright waters you have seen.

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60:1  And the fifth black waters which you have seen poured down; those are the works which the Amorites have done, and the invocations of their incantations which they wrought, and the wickedness of their mysteries, and the mingling of their pollutions.

60:2  But even Yisrael was polluted with sins in these days of the judges, although they saw many signs which were from HIM who created them.

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61:1  And the sixth bright waters which you have seen; this is the time in which David and Solomon were born.

61:2  And at that time the building of Zion took place, and the dedication of the sanctuary, and the shedding of much blood of the nations which sinned at that time, and the many offerings which were offered at that time at the inauguration of the sanctuary.

61:3  And rest and shalom reigned at that time.

61:4  And wisdom was heard in the assembly, and the richness of understanding was magnified in the congregations.

61:5  And the Kodesh festivals were fulfilled in happiness and much joy.

61:6  And the judgment of the rulers was seen at that time without deceit, and the righteousness of the commandments of YAHWEH the Mighty One was accomplished in Truth.

61:7  And the land which then received mercy, since its inhabitants did not sin, was praised above all countries, and the city of Zion ruled over all countries and regions at that time.

61:8  These are those bright waters you have seen.

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62:1  And the seventh black waters you have seen; that is the perversion of the ideas of Jeroboam who planned to make two golden calves,

62:2  and all the iniquities accomplished by the kings who succeeded him,

62:3  and the curse of Jezebel, and the idolatry which Yisrael practiced at that time,

62:4  and the withholding of rain, and the famines of such a kind that the women ate the fruits of their womb,

62:5  and the time of their exile which befell the nine and a half tribes because they lived in many sins.

62:6  And Salmanassar, the king of the Assyrians, came and carried them away into captivity.

62:7  And concerning the nations much could be said: how they acted unrighteously and wickedly, and how they never proved themselves to be righteous.

62:8  These are those seventh black waters you have seen.

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63:1  And the eighth bright waters you have seen; that is the righteousness and the integrity of Hezekiah, King of Yahudah, and the free unmerited favor and pardon which came upon him.

63:2  For at that time Sennacherib was moved to destroy, and his wrath roused him, and also the multitude of the nations which were with him in order to destroy;

63:3  when Hezekiah the king heard that which the Assyrian king devised, namely, to come and seize him and destroy his people; the two and a half tribes which were left -and that he also wanted to destroy Zion, then Hezekiah trusted upon his works and hoped upon his righteousnesses, and spoke with YAHWEH the Mighty One and said;

63:4  “Pay attention, behold, Sennacherib is ready to destroy us, and he will boast and be uplifted when he has destroyed Zion.”

63:5  And YAHWEH the Mighty One heard him for Hezekiah was wise, and he paid attention to his prayers for he was righteous.

63:6  And YAHWEH the Mighty One then commanded Ramael, his malak who speaks with you.

63:7  And I went away and destroyed their multitude, of which the number of the chiefs alone was one hundred and eighty-five thousand, and each of them had an equal number.

63:8  And at that time I burned their bodies within, but I preserved their clothes and their arms on the outside so that still more of the marvelous works of YAHWEH the Mighty One might be seen, and so that HIS NAME might be mentioned throughout the entire earth.

63:9  Thus Zion was saved, and Yerusalem was delivered from its tribulations.

63:10  And all those who were in the kodesh land rejoiced, and the NAME of YAHWEH the Mighty One was praised so that it was spoken of.

63:11  These are those bright waters which you have seen.

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64:1  And the ninth black waters you have seen; that is, the wickedness that existed in the days of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah.

64:2  For he acted very wickedly, and killed the righteous, and perverted judgment, and shed innocent blood, and violently polluted married women, and overturned altars, and abolished their offerings, and drove away the kohenim lest they minister in the sanctuary.

64:3  And he made a statue with five faces: Four of them looked into the direction of the four winds, and the fifth was on the top of the statue so as to challenge the zeal of YAHWEH the Mighty One.”

64:4  And then the wrath of YAHWEH the Mighty One went out so that Zion should be uprooted as has also happened in your days.

64:5  But also the judgment went out against the two and a half tribes so that they also should be carried away into captivity as you have now seen.

64:6  And the impiety of Manasseh increased to such a degree that the splendor of YAHWEH the Most High removed itself from the sanctuary.

64:7  Therefore, Manasseh was called the impious one in that time, and finally his habitation was in the fire.

64:8  For although YAHWEH the Most High had heard his prayer, in the end when he fell into the brazen horse and the brazen horse was melted, it became to him as a sign regarding the hour (which was to come).

64:9  For he had not lived perfectly since he was not worthy, but (the sign was given to him) that he might know henceforth by whom he should be punished at the end.

64:10  For HE who is able to benefit is also able to punish.

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65:1  This Manasseh sinned and he thought in his time that YAHWEH the Mighty One would not call account for these things.

65:2  These are those ninth black waters you have seen.

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66:1  And the tenth bright waters you have seen; that is the purity of the generation of YoshiYah, the king of Yahudah, who was the only one in his time who subjected himself to YAHWEH the Mighty One with his whole heart and his whole soul.

66:2  He purified the country from the idols, sanctified all the vessels which were polluted, restored the offerings to the altar, raised the horn of the Kodesh, exalted the righteous, and honored all those who were wise with understanding. He brought the kohenim back to their ministry, and destroyed and removed the magicians, enchanters, and diviners from the land.

66:3  And he not only killed the impious who were living, but also the bones were taken from the graves of the dead and burned with fire.

66:4  And he established the Festivals and the Shabbats with their kodesh practices, and he burned the polluted with fire, and as for the lying prophets who deceived the people, also these he burned with fire. He cast the people who obeyed them, as long as they lived, into the Kidron valley, and heaped stones upon them.

66:5  And he was zealous with the zeal of YAHWEH the Mighty One with his whole soul, and he alone was strong in the Torah at that time so that he left no one un-circumcised or anyone who acted wickedly in the whole country all the days of his life.

66:6  He, then, is one who shall receive reward forever and ever and be honored with YAHWEH the Mighty One more than many in the last time.

66:7  For on his account and on account of those who are like him, the precious splendors have been created and prepared which were spoken to you earlier.

66:8  These are those bright waters which you have seen.

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67:1  And the eleventh black waters you have seen; that is the disaster which has befallen Zion now.

67:2  Do you think that there is no mourning among the malakim before YAHWEH the Mighty One, that Zion is delivered up in this way? Behold, the nations rejoice in their hearts, and the multitudes are before their idols and say, ..She who has trodden others down for such a long time has been trodden down; and she who has subjugated has been subjugated.”

67:3  Do you think that YAHWEH the Most High rejoices in these things or that HIS NAME has been magnified?

67:4  But how will it be with HIS righteous judgment?

67:5  But after these things those scattered among the nations will be taken hold of by tribulations and live in shame in every place.

67:6  For so far as Zion has been delivered up and Yerusalem laid waste, the idols in the cities of the nations are happy and the flavor of the smoke of the incense of the righteousness of the Torah has been extinguished everywhere in the region of Zion; behold, the smoke of the impiety is there.

67:7  But the king of Babylon will arise, the one who now has destroyed Zion, and he will boast over the people and speak haughtily in his heart before YAHWEH the Most High.

67:8  And he too will fall finally.

67:9  These are those black waters.

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68:1  And the twelfth bright waters which you have seen; this is the word.

68:2  For there will come a time after these things, and your people will fall into such a distress so that they are all together in danger of perishing.

68:3  They, however, will be saved, and their enemies will fall before them.

68:4  And to them will fall much joy one day.

68:5  And at that time, after a short time, Zion will be rebuilt again, and the offerings will be restored, and the kohenim will again return to their ministry. And the nations will again come to honor it.

68:6  But not as fully as before.

68:7  But it will happen after these things that there will be a fall of many nations.

68:8  These are the bright waters you have seen.

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69:1  With regard to the last waters you have seen which are blacker than all those preceding which came after the twelfth, those which were brought together; they apply to the whole world.

69:2  For YAHWEH the Most High made a division at the beginning for only HE knows what will happen in the future.

69:3  For with regard to the evils of the coming impieties which occurred before HIM, he saw six kinds.

69:4  And of the moraly right works of the righteous which would be accomplished before HIM, he foresaw six kinds, with the exclusion of that which HE should accomplish HIMSELF at the end of the world.

69:5  These are, therefore, not black waters with black, nor bright with bright. For that is the end.

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70:1  Therefore, hear the exposition of the last black waters which will come after the black waters. This is the Word.

70:2  Behold, the days are coming and it will happen when the time of the world has ripened and the harvest of the seed of the evil ones and the tov ones has come that YAHWEH the Mighty One will cause to come over the earth and its inhabitants and its rulers confusion of the ruach and amazement of the heart. And they will hate one another and provoke one another to fight.

70:3  And the despised will rule over the honorable, and the unworthy will raise themselves over the illustrious.

70:4  And many will be delivered to the few, those who were nothing will rule over the strong, the poor will be greater in number than the rich, and the impious will exalt themselves over the brave.

70:5  The wise will be silent, and the foolish will speak. And the thought of men will not be realized then, nor the counsel of the strong, and the hope of those who hope will not be realized.

70:6  Then it will happen when those things occur which have been said before will come to pass, that confusion will fall upon all men. And some of them will fall in war, and others will perish in tribulations, and again others of them will be troubled by their own.

70:7  YAHWEH the Most High will then give a sign to those nations which HE has prepared before, and they will come and wage war with the rulers who will then remain.

70:8  And it will happen that everyone who saves himself from the war will die in an earthquake, and he who saves himself from the earthquake will be burned by fire, and he who saves himself from the fire will perish by famine.

70:9  And it will happen that everyone who will deliver himself and escape from all things which have been said before; both those who have won and those who have been overcome; that all will be delivered into the hands of MY Servant, the Anointed One.

70:10  For the whole earth will devour its inhabitants.

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71:1  And the kodesh land will have mercy on its own and will protect its inhabitants at that time.

71:2  This is the vision which you have seen, and this is its explanation. For I have come to tell you these things since your prayer has been heard by YAHWEH the Most High.

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72:1  Now, hear also about the bright waters which come at the end after these black ones. This is the Word.

72:2  After the signs have come of which I have spoken to you before, when the nations are moved and the time of MY Anointed One comes, He will call all nations, and some of them He will spare, and others He will kill.

72:3  These things will befall the nations which will be spared by Him.

72:4  Every nation which has not known Yisrael and which has not trodden down the seed of Yacob will live.

72:5  And this is because some from all the nations have been subjected to your people.

72:6  All those, now, who have ruled over you or have known you, will be delivered up to the sword.

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73:1  And it will happen that after He has brought down everything which is in the world, and has sat down in eternal shalom on the throne of the Kingdom, and then joy will be revealed and rest will appear.

73:2  And then health will descend in dew, and illness will vanish, and fear and tribulation and lamentation will pass away from among men, and joy will encompass the earth.

73:3  And nobody will again die untimely, nor will any adversity take place suddenly.

73:4  Unjust judgment, condemnations, contentions, revenges, blood, passions, zeal, hate, and all such things will go into condemnation since they will be uprooted.

73:5  For these are the things that have filled this earth with evils, and because of them life of men came in yet greater confusion.

73:6  And the wild beasts will come from the wood and serve men, and the asps and dragons will come out of their holes to subject themselves to a child.

73:7  And women will no longer have pain when they bear, nor will they be tormented when they yield the fruits of their womb.

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74:1  And it will happen in those days that the reapers will not become tired, and the farmers will not wear themselves out, because the products of themselves will shoot out speedily, during the time that they work on them in full tranquility.

74:2  For that time is the end of that which is corruptible and the beginning of that which is incorruptible.

74:3  Therefore, the things which were said before will happen in it. Therefore, it is far away from the evil things and near to those which do not die.

74:4  Those are the last bright waters which have come after the last dark waters.

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75:1  And I answered and said: Who can equal YOUR tov, O YAHWEH? for it is incomprehensible.

75:2  Or who can fathom YOUR free unmerited favor and pardon which is without end?

75:3  Or who can understand YOUR intelligence?

75:4  Or who can narrate the thoughts of YOUR Ruach?

75:5  Or who of those born can hope to arrive at these things, apart from those to whom YOU are merciful and kind?

75:6  For if YOU were not merciful to men, those who are under YOUR right hand, they were not able to come to them, apart from those who are named among the famous number.”

75:7  But we who exist, when we know why we have come, and then subject ourselves to YOU who brought us out of Egypt, we shall come again and remember those things which have passed away, and rejoice with regard to the things which have been.

75:8  But if we do not know now why we have come, and do not recognize the sovereignty of YOU who brought us up from Egypt, we will come again and ask for that which has now occurred, and shall be severely grieved because of that which has happened.

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76:1  And he answered and said to me:  Since the revelation of this vision has been explained to you as you prayed for, hear the Word of YAHWEH the Most High that you know that which will happen to you after these things.

76:2  For you will surely depart from this world, nevertheless not to death but to be kept unto (the end) of times.

76:3  Therefore, go up to the top of this mountain, and all countries of this earth will pass before you, as well as the likeness of the inhabited world, and the top of the mountains, and the depths of the valleys, and the depths of the seas, and the number of rivers, so that you may see that which you leave and where you go.

76:4  This will happen after forty days.

76:5  Go, therefore, now during these days and instruct the people as much as you can so that they may learn lest they die in the last times, but may learn so that they live in the last times.

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Baruch speaks to the people

77:1  And I, Baruch, went away from there and came to the people, and assembled them from the greatest to the smallest and said to them:

77:2  Hear, O children of Yisrael, behold how many are left from the twelve tribes of Yisrael.

77:3  To you and to your fathers YAHWEH gave the Torah above all nations.

77:4  And because your brothers have transgressed the commandments of YAHWEH the Most High, HE brought vengeance upon you and upon them and did not spare the ancestors, but HE also gave the descendants into captivity and did not leave a remnant of them.

77:5  And, behold, you are here, with me.

77:6  If, therefore, you will make straight your ways, you will not go away as your brothers went away, but they will come to you.

77:7  For HE is merciful whom you honor, and kind in whom you hope, and True so that HE will do tov to you and not evil.

77:8  Have you not seen what has befallen Zion?

77:9  Or do you think that the place has sinned and that it has been destroyed for this reason, or that the country has done some crime and that it is delivered up for that reason?

77:10  And do you not know that because of you who sinned the one who did not sin was destroyed, and that because of those who acted unrighteously, the one who has not gone astray has been delivered up to the enemies?

The people invite Baruch to write a letter

77:11  And the whole people answered and they said to me: Everything which we can remember of the excellent things which YAHWEH the Mighty One has done to us we shall remember, and that which we do not remember HE knows in HIS free unmerited favor and pardon.

77:12  But do this for us, YOUR people: Write also to our brothers in Babylon a letter of doctrine and a roll of hope so that you might strengthen them also before you go away from us.

77:13  For the shepherds of Yisrael have perished, and the Lamps which gave Light are extinguished, and the fountains from which we used to drink have withheld their streams.

77:14  Now we have been left in the darkness and in the thick forest and in the aridness of the desert.

77:15  And I answered and said to them:  Shepherds and lamps and fountains came from the Torah and when we go away, the Torah will abide.

77:16  If you, therefore, look upon the Torah and are intent upon wisdom, then the lamp will not be wanting and the shepherd will not give way and the fountain will not dry up.

77:17  Nevertheless, I shall also write to your brothers in Babylon as you have said to me, and I shall send it by means of men. Also I shall write to the nine and a half tribes, and send it by means of a bird.

77:18  And it happened on the twenty-first day of the ninth month that I, Baruch, came and sat down under the oak in the shadow of the branches, and nobody was with me; I was alone.

77:19  And I wrote two letters. One I sent by means of an eagle to the nine and a half tribes, and the other I sent by means of three men to those who were in Babylon.

77:20  And I called an eagle and said to him these words:

77:21  You have been created by YAHWEH the Most High that you should be higher than any other bird.

77:22  But now go and do not stay in any place, do not go into a nest, do not sit on any tree until you have flown over the breadth of the many waters of the river Euphrates and have come to the people that live there and cast down to them this letter.

77:23  Remember that Noah at the time of the flood received the fruit of the olive tree from a dove when he sent it away from the ark.

77:24  And also the ravens served EliYah when they brought food to him as they were commanded.

77:25  Also Solomon, in the time of his kingship, commanded a bird where he wanted to send a letter and in whatever he was in need of and it obeyed him as he commanded it.

77:26  And do not be reluctant and do not deviate to the right nor to the left, but fly and go straight away that you may preserve the command of YAHWEH the Mighty One as I said to you.

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The letter to the nine and a half tribes

78:1  The letter of Baruch, the son of Neriah which he wrote to the nine and a half tribes.  These are the words of the letter which Baruch, the son of Neriah’ sent to the nine and a half tribes which were across the rivers in which were written the following things:

78:2  Thus speaks Baruch, the son of Neriah, to the brothers who were carried away in captivity:

78:3  Free unmerited favor and pardon and shalom be with you. I remember, my brothers, the love of HIM who created me, who loved us from the beginning and who never hated us but, on the contrary, chastised us.

78:4  And truly I know: Are we not all, the twelve tribes, bound by one captivity as we also descend from one father?

78:5  Therefore, I have been the more diligent to leave you the words of this letter before I die so that you may be comforted regarding the evils which have befallen you, and you may also be grieved with regard to the evils which have befallen your brothers, and then further, so that you may consider the judgment of HIM who decreed it against you to be righteous, namely, that you should be carried away into captivity, for what you have suffered is smaller than what you have done, in order that you may be found worthy of your fathers in the last times.

78:6  Therefore, if you think about the things you have suffered now for your excellence so that you may not be condemned at the end and be tormented, you shall receive hope which lasts forever and ever, particularly if you remove from your hearts the idol error for which you went away from here.

78:7  For if you do these things in this way, HE shall continually remember you. HE is the one who always promised on our behalf to those who are more excellent than we that HE will not forever forget or forsake our offspring, but with much mercy assemble all those again who were dispersed.”

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79:1  Therefore, my brothers, learn first what befell Zion, namely, that Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, came up against us.

79:2  For we had sinned against YAHWEH who created us, and had not observed the commandments which HE ordered us.

79:3  And yet HE has not chastised us as we deserved.

79:4  For what befell you, we suffered even more, for it befell us also.

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80:1  And now, my brothers,” when the enemies had surrounded the city, malakim were sent from YAHWEH the Most High. And they demolished the fortification of the strong wall, and HE destroyed their solid iron comers which could not be loosened.

80:2  Nevertheless, they hid the Kodesh vessels lest they be polluted by the enemies.

80:3  And when they had done these things, they left the demolished wall, the looted house, the burned Great Tabernacle, and the people who were overcome to the enemies, for they were delivered up lest the enemies should boast and say, “We have overcome to such an extent that we have even destroyed the house of YAHWEH the Most High.”

80:4  They have also bound your brothers and carried them away to Babylon and have caused them to live there.

80:5  And we have been left here with very few.

80:6  That is the affliction about which I write to you.

80:7  For truly I know that the inhabitants of Zion were a comfort to you. As long as you knew that they were happy, this was more important than the affliction you endured being separated from them.

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81:1  But also hear the word of consolation.

81:2  For I mourned with regard to Zion and asked free unmerited favor and pardon from YAHWEH the Most High and said,

81:3  “Will these things exist for us until the end?

81:4  And will these evils befall us always?” And YAHWEH the Mighty One did according to the multitude of HIS free unmerited favor and pardon, and YAHWEH the Most High according to the magnitude of HIS mercy, and HE revealed to me a Word that I might be comforted, and showed me visions that I might not be again sorrowful, and made known to me the mysteries of the times, and showed me the coming of the periods.

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82:1  My brothers, therefore I have written to you that you may find consolation with regard to the multitude of tribulations.”

82:2  But you ought to know that our Creator will surely avenge us on all our brothers according to everything which they have done against us and among us; in particular that the end which YAHWEH the Most High prepared is near, and that HIS free unmerited favor and pardon is coming, and that the fulfillment of HIS judgment is not far.

82:3  For now we seed the multitude of the happiness of the nations although they have acted wickedly; but they are like a vapor.

82:4  And we behold the multitude of their power while they act impiously; but they will be made like a drop.

82:5  And we see the strength of their power while they resist YAHWEH the Mighty One every hour; but they will be reckoned like spittle.

82:6  And we will ponder about the splendor of their majesty while they do not keep the statutes of YAHWEH the Most High; but as smoke they will pass away.

82:7  And we think about the beauty of their splendor while they go down in impurities; but like grass which is withering, they will fade away.

82:8  And we ponder about the strength of their cruelty while they themselves do not think about the end; but they will be broken like a passing wave.

82:9  And we notice the pride of their power while they deny the tov of YAHWEH by whom it was given to them; but as a passing cloud they will vanish.

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83:1  For YAHWEH the Most High will surely hasten HIS times, and HE will certainly cause HIS periods to arrive.

83:2  And HE will surely judge those who are in HIS world, and will truly inquire into everything with regard to all their works which were sins.

83:3  HE will certainly investigate the secret thoughts and everything which is lying in the inner chambers of all their members which are in sin. And HE will make them manifest in the presence of everyone with blame.

83:4  Therefore, nothing of the present things should come into your heart, but they should, on the contrary, be expected, since that which was promised will come.

83:5  And we should not look upon the delights of the present nations, but let us think about that which has been promised to us regarding the end.

83:6  For the ends of the times and the periods will surely pass away and all which is in them together.

83:7  The end of the world will then show the great power of YAHWEH our Ruler since everything will come to judgment.

83:8  You should, therefore, prepare your hearts for that which you have believed before, lest you should be excluded from both worlds, namely, that you were carried away into captivity here and tormented there.

83:9  For that which exists now or that which has passed away or that which will come, in all of that, neither the evil in it is fully evil, nor the tov is even fully tov.

83:10  For all sorts of health which exist now changes into illnesses.

83:11  And every might which exists now changes into weakness, and every power that exists now changes into miseries, and every youthful energy changes into old age and consummation.

83:12  And every beauty of elegances which exists now changes into withering and ugliness.

83:13  And every infantile pride which exists now changes into lowliness and shame.  And every boast of haughtiness which exists now changes into the shame of silence.

83:14  And every delight and all splendor which exists now changes into ruin of silence.

83:15  And every joy and every delight which exist now change into rejection and ruin.

83:16  And every clamor of pride changes into silent dust.

83:17  And every possession of richness which exists now changes into the realm of death alone.

83:18  And every seizing desire which exists now changes into involuntary death, and every desire of lust! changes into the judgment of punishment.

83:19  And every capability of deceit which exists now changes into refutation by truth.

83:20  And every sweetness of ointments which exists now changes into judgment and condemnation.

83:21  And every friendship changes into silent defamations.

83:22  Since all these things happened now, do you think that they will not be avenged?

83:23  But the end of everything will come to Light.

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84:1  Now, I gave you knowledge, while I still live. For I have said that you should particularly learn my mighty commandments which HE has instructed you. And I shall set before you some of the commandments of HIS judgment before I die.

84:2  Remember that once Mosheh called heaven and earth to witness against you and said, “If you trespass the Torah, you shall be dispersed. And if you shall keep it, you shall be planted.’

84:3  And also other things he said to you when you were in the desert as twelve tribes together.

84:4  And after his death you cast it away from you and, therefore, that which has been said before has come upon you.

84:5  And now, Mosheh spoke to you before it befell you and, behold, it has befallen you for you have forsaken the Torah.

84:6  Also I, behold, I say to you after you suffered that if you obey the things which I have said to you, you shall receive from YAHWEH the Mighty One everything which has been prepared and has been preserved for you.

84:7  Therefore, let this letter be a witness between me and you that you may remember the commandments of YAHWEH the Mighty One, and that it also may serve as my defense in the presence of HIM who has sent me.

84:8  And remember Zion and the Torah and the kodesh land and your brothers and the covenant and your fathers, and do not forget the Festivals and the Shabbats.

84:9  And give this letter and the doctrine of the Torah to your children after you as also your fathers handed down to you.

84:10  And ask always and pray seriously with your whole soul that YAHWEH the Mighty One may accept you in mercy and that HE may not reckon the multitude of your sinners, but remember the integrity of your fathers.

84:11  For if HE judges us not according to the multitude of HIS free unmerited favor and pardon, woe to all us who are born.!

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85:1  Further, know that our fathers in former times and former generations had helpers, righteous prophets and kodesh men.”

85:2  But we were also in our country, and they helped us when we sinned, and they intervened for us with HIM who has created us since they trusted in their works. And YAHWEH the Mighty One heard them and purged us from our sins.

85:3  But now, the righteous have been assembled, and the prophets are sleeping. Also we have left our land, and Zion has been taken away from us, and we have nothing now apart from YAHWEH the Mighty One and HIS Torah.

85:4  Therefore, if we direct and dispose our hearts, we shall receive everything which we lost again by many times.

85:5  For that which we lost was subjected to corruption, and that which we receive will not be corruptible.

85:6  We also have written to our brothers in Babylon so that I may attest to them these things also.

85:7  And these things which I have said earlier should be before your eyes always, since we are still in the ruach of the power of our liberty.

85:8  And further, YAHWEH the Most High is also long-suffering to us here and has shown to us that which comes and has not concealed from us what will happen at the end.

85:9  Therefore, before HIS judgment exacts HIS own and Truth of that which is its due, let us prepare ourselves that we may possess and not be possessed, and that we may hope and not be put to shame, and that we may rest with our fathers and not be punished with those who hate us.

85:10  For the youth of this world has passed away, and the power of creation is already exhausted, and the coming of the times is very near and has passed by.  And the pitcher is near the well, and the ship to the harbor, and the journey to the city, and life to its end.

85:11  Further, prepare yourselves so that, when you sail and ascend from the ship, you may have rest and not be condemned when you have gone away.

85:12  For behold, YAHWEH the Most High will cause all these things to come. There will not be an opportunity to repent anymore, nor a limit to the times, nor a duration of the periods, nor a change to rest,” nor an opportunity to prayer, nor sending up petition, nor giving knowledge, nor giving love, nor opportunity of repentance, nor supplicating for offenses, nor prayers of the fathers, nor intercessions of the prophets, nor help of the righteous.

85:13  There is the proclamation of judgment to corruption,’ regarding the way! to the fire and the path that leads to the glowing coals.”

85:14  Therefore, there is one Torah by One, one world and an end for all those who exist.

85:15  Then HE will make alive those whom HE has found, and HE will purge them from sins, and at the same time HE will destroy those who are polluted with sins.

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86:1  When you, therefore, receive the letter,’ read it carefully in your assemblies. And think about it, in particular, however, on the days of your fasts. And remember me by means of this letter in the same way as I remember you by means of this, and always.

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86:1  And” it happened when I had finished all the words of this letter and had written it carefully until the end, I folded it, sealed it cautiously, and bound it to the neck of the eagle. And I let it go and sent it away.

The end of the letter of Baruch, the son of Neriah.

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

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