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The Longer Version is based on
Paraleipomena Jeremiou: An English
Translation, by Robert Kraft and Ann Elizabeth Purintun (Seminar
Papers of the Society of Biblical Literature for 1971, vol. 2; SBL,
1971, 327-346), which appeared in slightly revised form in their 1972
edition of Paraleipomena Jeremiou
(Texts and Translations 1: Pseudepigrapha Series 1; Missoula Montana:
Scholars Press for the SBL, 1972). It includes an introduction to the materials, especially the manuscript situation.
The Shorter Version was
translated by William Newby and edited for electronic publication by
Both Versions were included on the "Experimental CD-ROM #1" published
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THE THINGS OMITTED FROM JEREMIAH THE PROPHET
It came to pass, when the children of Israel were taken captive
the king of the Chaldeans, that God spoke to Jeremiah saying:
Jeremiah, my chosen one, arise and depart from this city, you and
Baruch, since I am going to destroy it because of the multitude of
the sins of those who dwell in it.
For your prayers are like a solid pillar in its midst, and like an
indestructible wall surrounding it.
Now, then, arise and depart before the host of the Chaldeans
And Jeremiah answered, saying:
I beseech you, Lord, permit me, your
servant, to speak in your presence.
And the Lord said to him:
Speak, my chosen one Jeremiah.
And Jeremiah spoke, saying:
Lord Almighty, would you deliver the
chosen city into the hands of the Chaldeans, so that the king with
the multitude of his people might boast and say: "I have prevailed
over the holy city of God"?
No, my Lord, but if it is your will, let it be destroyed by your
And the Lord said to Jeremiah:
Since you are my chosen one, arise and
depart form this city, you and Baruch, for I am going to destroy
because of the multitude of the sins of those who dwell in it.
For neither the king nor his host will be able to enter it unless
first open its gates.
Arise, then, and go to Baruch, and tell him these words.
And when you have arisen at the sixth hour of the night, go out on
the city walls and I will show you that unless I first destroy the
city, they cannot enter it.
When the Lord had said this, he departed from Jeremiah.
And Jeremiah ran and told these things to Baruch; and as they
into the temple of God, Jeremiah tore his garments and put dust on
his head and entered the holy place of God.
And when Baruch saw him with dust sprinkled on his head and his
garments torn, he cried out in a loud voice, saying:
Father Jeremiah, what are you doing?
What sin has the people committed?
(For whenever the people sinned, Jeremiah would sprinkle dust on his
head and would pray for the people until their sin was forgiven.)
So Baruch asked him, saying:
Father, what is this?
And Jeremiah said to him:
Refrain from rending your garments --
rather, let us rend our hearts! And let us not draw water for the
trough, but let us weep and fill them with tears! For the Lord
not have mercy on this people.
And Baruch said:
Father Jeremiah, what has happened?
And Jeremiah said:
God is delivering the city into the hands of the
king of the Chaldeans, to take the people captive into Babylon.
And when Baruch heard these things, he also tore his garments and
Father Jeremiah, who has made this known to you?
And Jeremiah said to him:
Stay with me awhile, until the sixth hour
of the night, so that you may know that this word is true.
Therefore they both remained in the altar-area weeping, and their
garments were torn.
And when the hour of the night arrived, as the Lord had told
they came up together on the walls of the city, Jeremiah and Baruch.
And behold, there came a sound of trumpets; and angels emerged from
heaven holding torches in their hands, and they set them on the walls
of the city.
And when Jeremiah and Baruch saw them, they wept, saying:
Now we know that the word is true!
And Jeremiah besought the angels, saying:
I beseech you, do not
destroy the city yet, until I say something to the Lord.
And the Lord spoke to the angels, saying:
Do not destroy the city
until I speak to my chosen one, Jeremiah.
Then Jeremiah spoke, saying:
I beg you, Lord, bid me to speak in your presence.
And the Lord said:
Speak, my chosen one Jeremiah.
And Jeremiah said:
Behold, Lord, now we know that you are delivering
the city into the hands of its enemies, and they will take the
away to Babylon. What do you want me to do with the holy vessels
the temple service?
And the Lord said to him:
Take them and consign them to the earth, saying:
Hear, Earth, the voice of your creator
who formed you in the abundance of waters,
who sealed you with seven seals for seven epochs,
and after this you will receive your ornaments (?) --
Guard the vessels of the temple service until the gathering of the
And Jeremiah spoke, saying:
I beseech you, Lord, show me what I
should do for Abimelech the Ethiopian, for he has done many
kindnesses to your servant Jeremiah.
For he pulled me out of the miry pit; and I do not wish that he
should see the destruction and desolation of this city, but that
should be merciful to him and that he should not be grieved.
And the Lord said to Jeremiah:
Send him to the vineyard of Agrippa,
and I will hide him in the shadow of the mountain until I cause
people to return to the city.
And you, Jeremiah, go with your people into Babylon and stay with
them, preaching to them, until I cause them to return to the city.
But leave Baruch here until I speak with him.
When he had said these things, the Lord ascended from Jeremiah into
But Jeremiah and Baruch entered the holy place, and taking the
vessels of the temple service, they consigned them to the earth as
the Lord had told them.
And immediately the earth swallowed them.
And they both sat down and wept.
And when morning came, Jeremiah sent Abimelech, saying:
Take a basket
and go to the estate of Agrippa by the mountain road, and bring
some figs to give to the sick among the people; for the favor of
Lord is on you and his glory is on your head.
And when he had said this, Jeremiah sent him away; and Abimelech went
as he told him.
And when morning came, behold the host of the Chaldeans
And the great angel trumpeted, saying:
Enter the city, host of the Chaldeans;
for behold, the gate is opened for you.
Therefore let the king enter, with his multitudes, and let him
all the people captive.
But taking the keys of the temple, Jeremiah went outside the city and
threw them away in the presence of the sun, saying:
I say to you, Sun,
take the keys of the temple of God and guard them until the day
in which the Lord asks you for them.
For we have not been found worthy to keep them, for we have become
While Jeremiah was still weeping for the people, they brought him out
with the people and dragged them into Babylon.
But Baruch put dust on his head and sat and wailed this
Why has Jerusalem been devastated? Because of the sins of the
beloved people she was delivered into the hands of enemies --
our sins and those of the people.
But let not the lawless ones boast and say:
"We were strong enough to
take the city of God by our might;"
but it was delivered to you because of our sins.
And God will pity us and cause us to return to our city, but you
Blessed are our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, for they
from this world and did not see the destruction of this city.
When he had said this, Baruch departed from the city, weeping and
Grieving because of you, Jerusalem, I went out from you.
And he remained sitting in a tomb, while the angels came to him and
explained to him everything that the Lord revealed to him through
But Abimelech took the figs in the burning heat; and coming upon
tree, he sat under its shade to rest a bit.
And leaning his head on the basket of figs, he fell asleep and slept
for 66 years; and he was not awakened from his slumber.
And afterward, when he awoke from his sleep, he said:
I slept sweetly for a little while,
but my head is heavy because I did not get enough sleep.
Then he uncovered the basket of figs and found them dripping milk.
And he said:
I would like to sleep a little longer, because my head
is heavy. But I am afraid that I might fall asleep and be late in
awakening and my father Jeremiah would think badly of me; for if
were not in a hurry, he would not have sent me today at daybreak.
So I will get up, and proceed in the burning heat; for isn't there
heat, isn't there toil every day?
So he got up and took the basket of figs and placed it on his
shoulders, and he entered into Jerusalem and did not recognize
it -- neither his own house, nor the place -- nor did he find his own
family or any of his acquaintances.
And he said:
The Lord be blessed, for a great trance has come over me today!
This is not the city Jerusalem -- and I have lost my way because
by the mountain road when I arose from my sleep; and since my head
was heavy because I did not get enough sleep, I lost my way.
It will seem incredible to Jeremiah that I lost my way!
And he departed from the city; and as he searched he saw the
landmarks of the city, and he said:
Indeed, this is the city; I lost my way.
And again he returned to the city and searched, and found no one of
his own people; and he said:
The Lord be blessed, for a great trance
has come over me!
And again he departed from the city, and he stayed there grieving,
not knowing where he should go.
And he put down the basket, saying:
I will sit here until the Lord
takes this trance from me.
And as he sat, he saw an old man coming from the field; and Abimelech
said to him:
I say to you, old man, what city is this?
And he said to him:
It is Jerusalem.
And Abimelech said to him:
Where is Jeremiah the priest, and Baruch the secretary,
and all the people of this city, for I could not find them?
And the old man said to him:
Are you not from this city, seeing that
you remember Jeremiah today, because you are asking about him
such a long time?
For Jeremiah is in Babylon with the people; for they were taken
captive by king Nebuchadnezzar, and Jeremiah is with them to
the good news to them and to teach them the word.
As soon as Abimelech heard this from the old man, he said:
If you were not an old man,
and if it were not for the fact that it is not
lawful for a man to upbraid one older than himself, I would laugh
you and say that you are out of your mind -- since you say that
people have been taken captive into Babylon.
Even if the heavenly torrents had descended on them, there has not
yet been time for them to go into Babylon!
For how much time has passed since my father Jeremiah sent me to
estate of Agrippa to bring a few figs, so that I might give them
the sick among the people?
And I went and got them, and when I came to a certain tree in the
burning heat, I sat to rest a little; and I leaned my head on the
basket and fell asleep.
And when I awoke I uncovered the basket of figs, supposing that I
late; and I found the figs dripping milk, just as I had collected
But you claim that the people have been taken captive into
But that you might know, take the figs and see!
And he uncovered the basket of figs for the old man, and he saw them
And when the old man saw them, he said:
O my son, you are a righteous man,
and God did not want you to see the desolation of the city, so
he brought this trance upon you.
For behold it is 66 years today since the people were taken
But that you might learn, my son, that what I tell you is true --
look into the field and see that the ripening of the crops has not
And notice that the figs are not in season, and be enlightened.
Then Abimelech cried out in a loud voice, saying:
I bless you, God of heaven and earth,
the Rest of the souls of the righteous in every place!
Then he said to the old man:
What month is this?
And he said:
Nisan (which is Abib).
And taking some of figs, he gave them to the old man and said to him:
May God illumine your way to the city above, Jerusalem.
After this, Abimelech went out of the city and prayed to the
And behold, an angel of the Lord came and took him by the right hand
and brought him back to where Baruch was sitting, and he found him in
And when they saw each other, they both wept and kissed each other.
But when Baruch looked up he saw with his own eyes the figs that were
covered in Abimelech's basket.
And lifting his eyes to heaven, he prayed, saying:
You are the God who gives a reward to those who love you. Prepare
yourself, my heart, and rejoice and be glad while you are in your
tabernacle, saying to your fleshly house, "your grief has been
changed to joy;" for the Sufficient One is coming and will deliver
you in your tabernacle -- for there is no sin in you.
Revive in your tabernacle, in your virginal faith, and believe
you will live!
Look at this basket of figs -- for behold, they are 66 years old
have not become shrivelled or rotten, but they are dripping milk.
So it will be with you, my flesh, if you do what is commanded you
the angel of righteousness.
He who preserved the basket of figs, the same will again preserve
by his power.
When Baruch had said this, he said to Abimelech:
Stand up and let us pray
that the Lord may make known to us how we shall be able to send
to Jeremiah in Babylon the report about the shelter provided for
on the way.
And Baruch prayed, saying:
Lord God, our strength is the elect light
which comes forth from your mouth.
We beseech and beg of your goodness -- you whose great name no
able to know -- hear the voice of your servants and let knowledge
into our hearts.
What shall we do, and how shall we send this report to Jeremiah in
And while Baruch was still praying, behold an angel of the Lord came
and said all these words to Baruch:
Agent of the light, do not be
anxious about how you will send to Jeremiah; for an eagle is
to you at the hour of light tomorrow, and you will direct him to
Therefore, write in a letter:
Say to the children of Israel: Let the
stranger who comes among you be set apart and let 15 days go by;
and after this I will lead you into your city, says the Lord.
He who is not separated from Babylon will not enter into the
and I will punish them by keeping them from being received back
the Babylonians, says the Lord.
And when the angel had said this, he departed from Baruch.
And Baruch sent to the market of the gentiles and got papyrus and ink
and wrote a letter as follows:
Baruch, the servant of God, writes to
Jeremiah in the captivity of Babylon:
Greetings! Rejoice, for God has not allowed us to depart from this
body grieving for the city which was laid waste and outraged.
Wherefore the Lord has had compassion on our tears, and has
remembered the covenant which he established with our fathers
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
And he sent his angel to me, and he told me these words which I
These, then, are the words which the Lord, the God of Israel,
who led us out of Egypt, out of the great furnace:
Because you did
not keep my ordinances, but your heart was lifted up, and you
haughty before me, in anger and wrath I delivered you to the
If, therefore, says the Lord, you listen to my voice, from the
of Jeremiah my servant, I will bring the one who listens up from
Babylon; but the one who does not listen will become a stranger
Jerusalem and to Babylon.
And you will test them by means of the water of the Jordan;
does not listen will be exposed -- this is the sign of the great
And Baruch got up and departed from the tomb and found the eagle
sitting outside the tomb.
And the eagle said to him in a human voice:
Hail, Baruch, steward of the faith.
And Baruch said to him:
You who speak are chosen from among all the
birds of heaven, for this is clear from the gleam of your eyes;
me, then, what are you doing here?
And the eagle said to him:
I was sent here so that you might through
me send whatever message you want.
And Baruch said to him:
Can you carry this message to Jeremiah in Babylon?
And the eagle said to him:
Indeed, it was for this reason I was sent.
And Baruch took the letter, and 15 figs from Abimelech's basket, and
tied them to the eagle's neck and said to him:
I say to you, king of
the birds, go in peace with good health and carry the message for
Do not be like the raven which Noah sent out and which never came
back to him in the ark; but be like the dove which, the third
brought a report to the righteous one.
So you also, take this good message to Jeremiah and to those in
bondage with him, that it may be well with you-take this papyrus
the people and to the chosen one of God.
Even if all the birds of heaven surround you and want to fight
you, struggle -- the Lord will give you strength.
And do not turn aside to the right or to the left, but straight
speeding arrow, go in the power of God, and the glory of the Lord
will be with you the entire way.
Then the eagle took flight and went away to Babylon, having the
letter tied to his neck; and when he arrived he rested on a post
outside the city in a desert place.
And he kept silent until Jeremiah came along, for he and some of the
people were coming out to bury a corpse outside the city.
(For Jeremiah had petitioned king Nebuchadnezzar, saying: "Give me a
place where I may bury those of my people who have died;" and the
king gave it to him.)
And as they were coming out with the body, and weeping, they
where the eagle was.
And the eagle cried out in a loud voice, saying:
I say to you,
Jeremiah the chosen one of God, go and gather together the people
come here so that they may hear a letter which I have brought to
from Baruch and Abimelech.
And when Jeremiah heard this, he glorified God; and he went and
gathered together the people along with their wives and children, and
he came to where the eagle was.
And the eagle came down on the corpse, and it revived.
(Now this took place so that they might believe.)
And all the people were astounded at what had happened, and said:
This is the God who appeared to our fathers in the wilderness
Moses, and now he has appeared to us through the eagle.
And the eagle said:
I say to you, Jeremiah, come, untie this letter
and read it to the people --
So he untied the letter and read it to the people.
And when the people heard it, they wept and put dust on their heads,
and they said to Jeremiah:
Deliver us and tell us what to do that we
may once again enter our city.
And Jeremiah answered and said to them:
Do whatever you heard from
the letter, and the Lord will lead us into our city.
And Jeremiah wrote a letter to Baruch, saying thus:
My beloved son,
do not be negligent in your prayers, beseeching God on our behalf,
that he might direct our way until we come out of the
this lawless king.
For you have been found righteous before God, and he did not let
come here, lest you see the affliction which has come upon the
at the hands of the Babylonians.
For it is like a father with an only son, who is given over for
punishment; and those who see his father and console him cover his
face, lest he see how his son is being punished, and be even more
ravaged by grief.
For thus God took pity on you and did not let you enter Babylon
you see the affliction of the people.
For since we came here, grief has not left us, for 66 years today.
For many times when I went out I found some of the people hung up
king Nebuchadnezzar, crying and saying:
"Have mercy on us, God-ZAR!"
When I heard this, I grieved and cried with two-fold mourning, not
only because they were hung up, but because they were calling on a
foreign God, saying "Have mercy on us."
But I remembered days of festivity which we celebrated in
before our captivity; and when I remembered, I groaned, and
to my house wailing and weeping.
Now, then, pray in the place where you are -- you and Abimelech
this people, that they may listen to my voice and to the decrees
my mouth, so that we may depart from here.
For I tell you that the entire time that we have spent here they
kept us in subjection, saying:
Recite for us a song from the songs of
Zion [see Ps 136.3c/4] -- the song of your God.
And we reply to them:
How shall we sing for you
since we are in a foreign land? [Ps 136.4]
And after this, Jeremiah tied the letter to the eagle's neck, saying:
Go in peace, and may the Lord watch over both of us.
And the eagle took flight and came to Jerusalem and gave the letter
to Baruch; and when he had untied it he read it and kissed it and
wept when he heard about the distresses and afflictions of the people.
But Jeremiah took the figs and distributed them to the sick among the
people, and he kept teaching them to abstain from the pollutions of
the gentiles of Babylon.
And the day came in which the Lord brought the people out of
And the Lord said to Jeremiah:
Rise up -- you and the people -- and come
to the Jordan and say to the people:
Let anyone who desires the Lord
forsake the works of Babylon.
As for the men who took wives from them and the women who took
husbands from them -- those who listen to you shall cross over,
take them into Jerusalem; but those who do not listen to you, do
lead them there.
And Jeremiah spoke these words to the people, and they arose and came
to the Jordan to cross over.
As he told them the words that the Lord had spoken to him, half of
those who had taken spouses from them did not wish to listen to
Jeremiah, but said to him:
We will never forsake our wives,
but we will bring them back with us into our city.
So they crossed the Jordan and came to Jerusalem.
And Jeremiah and Baruch and Abimelech stood up and said:
No man joined with Babylonians shall enter this city!
And they said to one another:
Let us arise and return to Babylon to our place --
And they departed.
But while they were coming to Babylon, the Babylonians came out to
meet them, saying:
You shall not enter our city, for you hated us and
you left us secretly; therefore you cannot come in with us.
For we have taken a solemn oath together in the name of our god to
receive neither you nor your children, since you left us secretly.
And when they heard this, they returned and came to a desert place
some distance from Jerusalem and built a city for themselves and
named it 'SAMARIA.'
And Jeremiah sent to them, saying:
Repent, for the angel of
righteousness is coming and will lead you to your exalted place.
Now those who were with Jeremiah were rejoicing and offering
sacrifices on behalf of the people for nine days.
But on the tenth, Jeremiah alone offered sacrifice.
And he prayed a prayer, saying:
Holy, holy, holy, fragrant aroma of the living trees,
true light that enlightens me until I ascend to you;
For your mercy, I beg you --
for the sweet voice of the two seraphim, I beg --
for another fragrant aroma.
And may Michael, archangel of righteousness, who opens the gates
the righteous, be my guardian (?) until he causes the righteous to
I beg you, almighty Lord of all creation, unbegotten and
incomprehensible, in whom all judgment was hidden before these
came into existence.
When Jeremiah had said this, and while he was standing in the
altar-area with Baruch and Abimelech, he became as one whose soul had
And Baruch and Abimelech were weeping and crying out in a loud voice:
Woe to us! For our father Jeremiah has left us -- the priest of
And all the people heard their weeping and they all ran to them
saw Jeremiah lying on the ground as if dead.
And they tore their garments and put dust on their heads and wept
And after this they prepared to bury him.
And behold, there came a voice saying:
Do not bury the one who yet lives,
for his soul is returning to his body!
And when they heard the voice they did not bury him, but stayed
around his tabernacle for three days saying, "when will he arise?"
And after three days his soul came back into his body and he
his voice in the midst of them all and said:
Glorify God with one voice!
All of you glorify God and the son of God who awakens us --
messiah Jesus -- the light of all the ages, the inextinguishable
lamp, the life of faith.
But after these times there shall be 477 years more and he comes to
And the tree of life planted in the midst of paradise
will cause all the unfruitful trees to bear fruit,
and will grow and sprout forth.
And the trees that had sprouted and became haughty and said:
"We have supplied our power (?) to the air,"
he will cause them to wither, with the grandeur of their branches,
and he will cause them to be judged -- that firmly rooted tree!
And what is crimson will become white as wool --
the snow will be blackened --
the sweet waters will become salty, and the salty sweet,
in the intense light of the joy of God.
And he will bless the isles
so that they become fruitful by the word of the mouth of his
For he shall come,
and he will go out and choose for himself twelve apostles
to proclaim the news among the nations--
he whom I have seen adorned by his father
and coming into the world on the Mount of Olives --
and he shall fill the hungry souls.
When Jeremiah was saying this concerning the son of God -- that
coming into the world -- the people became very angry and said:
This is a repetition of the words spoken by Isaiah son of Amos,
when he said:
I saw God and the son of God.
Come, then, and let us not kill him by the same sort of death with
which we killed Isaiah, but let us stone him with stones.
And Baruch and Abimelech were greatly grieved because they
hear in full the mysteries that he had seen.
But Jeremiah said to them:
Be silent and weep not, for they cannot kill me
until I describe for you everything I saw.
And he said to them:
Bring a stone here to me.
And he set it up and said:
Light of the ages,
make this stone to become like me in appearance,
until I have described to Baruch and Abimelech everything
Then the stone, by God's command, took on the appearance of Jeremiah.
And they were stoning the stone, supposing that it was Jeremiah!
But Jeremiah delivered to Baruch and to Abimelech all the
he had seen, and forthwith he stood in the midst of the people
desiring to complete his ministry.
Then the stone cried out, saying:
O foolish children of Israel,
why do you stone me, supposing that I am Jeremiah?
Behold, Jeremiah is standing in your midst!
And when they saw him, immediately they rushed upon him with many
stones, and his ministry was fulfilled.
And when Baruch and Abimelech came, they buried him, and taking
stone they placed it on his tomb and inscribed it thus:
This is the stone that was the ally of Jeremiah.
//end of Longer Version//
THAT WHICH THE LORD SPOKE TO JEREMIAH BEFORE THE CAPTURE OF
JERUSALEM AND HOW THE CAPTURE HAPPENED
In those days the Lord spoke to Jeremiah, saying: Arise,
depart from this city with Baruch, since I am going to destroy
it because of the multitude of the sins of those who dwell in it.
For your prayers are like solid pillars in its midst, and like an
indestructible wall surrounding it.
Now, then, depart from it before the host of the Chaldeans
And Jeremiah spoke, saying: I beseech you, Lord, permit me,
your servant, to speak in your presence.
And the Lord said: Speak.
And Jeremiah said: Lord, would you deliver this city into
the hands of the Chaldeans, so that they might boast that they
had prevailed against it?
My Lord, if it is your will, rather let it be destroyed by
your hands and not by the Chaldeans.
And God said: You, arise, depart.
But they will not boast. Unless I open (the gates), they are
not able to enter.
Therefore go to Baruch and tell him.
And at the sixth hour of the night go up on the city walls
and see that unless I open (the gates), they are not able to
And when he had said these things he departed from him.
And Jeremiah departed and told Baruch; and as they went into
the temple they tore their garments and mourned much.
And at the sixth hour when they had gone up on the city
walls, they heard the sound of trumpets.
And the angels came from heaven, holding torches in their
hands, and they set them on the walls of the city.
And when they saw them they wept and said: Now we know that
the word that God spoke is true.
And they besought the angels, saying: We beseech (you) not
to destroy the city until we speak to God.
Then Jeremiah spoke, saying: I beg you, Lord, bid me to
speak in your presence.
And the Lord said: Speak.
And Jeremiah said: Behold, Lord, we know that you are
delivering the city into the hands of its enemies, and your
people depart for Babylon.
What then will we do with your holy vessels?
And God said: Consign them to the earth, saying: Hear,
earth, the voice of your creator, who founded you upon the
waters, who sealed you with seven seals for seven epochs, and
after this you will receive your ornaments.
Guard the vessels of the temple service until the gathering
of the beloved.
And Jeremiah spoke again, saying: I beseech you, Lord, what
should I do for Abimelech the Ethiopian, for he has done many
kindnesses to your servant?
For he drew me up out of the miry pit where they threw me,
and I do not wish that he should see the destruction and
spoiling of the city because he is little-souled.
And the Lord said to Jeremiah: Send him to the vineyard of
Agrippa, and I will hide him in the shadow of the mountain until
the people are about to return from the captivity.
And you, Jeremiah, go with your people into Babylon and
stay with them, preaching to them, until I cause them to return.
But leave Baruch here.
Then they went into the temple, and taking the vessels of
the temple service, they consigned them to the earth as the Lord
had told them.
And at morning, Jeremiah said to Abimelech: Take a basket,
child, and go to the estate of Agrippa by the mountain road, and
bring back figs to the sick of the people; for their favor is on
you, and glory is on your head.
And immediately he went to the field.
And when he had departed and the sun had appeared at dawn,
behold, the host of the Chaldeans, having arrived, had
surrounded the city of Jerusalem.
And the great angel trumpeted, saying: Enter the city, the
entire host of the Chaldeans; for behold, the gates are opened
Then Jeremiah, taking the keys of the temple, went outside
the city and throwing them away in the presence of the sun,
said: Take them and guard (them) until the day in which the Lord
asks you for them.
For we have not been found worthy to keep them.
And Jeremiah went with the people into captivity in Babylon.
But Baruch departed from the city and remained sitting
in a tomb.
And Abimelech, taking the figs in the burning heat and
coming upon a tree, sat under its shade to rest a bit.
And leaning his head on the basket, he fell asleep for
seventy times. And this happened according to the commandment of
God because of the word which he spoke to Jeremiah: I will hide
And after awakening he said: I slept sweetly for a little
while, and because of this my head is heavy because I did not
get enough sleep.
And uncovering the figs, he found them dripping milk, as if
he had gathered them shortly before.
And he said: I would like to sleep a little longer, but
since Jeremiah sent me in much haste, if I do this I will be
late and he will be distressed.
For isn't there toil and heat every day? Rather, I should
leave quickly, and I will heal him and then I can sleep.
And taking the figs, he went into Jerusalem and he did not
recognize either his house or that of his relatives or of his
And he said: The Lord be blessed, a trance came over me
This is not the city. Lacking sleep, I have gone astray.
And he departed from (the city) and searching for the
landmarks he said: Indeed, this is the city; I went astray.
And entering again and searching, he found no one of his
relatives or of his friends; and he said: The Lord be blessed, a
great trance has come over me!
And going out, he stayed there grieving, not knowing what
he should do.
And putting down the basket, he said: I must sit here until
the Lord takes the trance from me.
And as he was sitting, behold, an old man was coming from
the field, and he said to him: I say to you, old man, what city
And he said: It is Jerusalem, child.
And Abimelech said: And where is Jeremiah the priest of
God, and Baruch the secretary, and all the people of the city,
for I could not find them?
And the old man said to him: Are you not from this city?
Today you remembered Jeremiah and asked about him.
Jeremiah has been in Babylon with the people since they
were made captives by Nebuchadnezzar the king seventy times ago;
and how is it that you, being a young man and never having been
(old), then, are asking about the things which I have never
And when he had heard these things, Abimelech said to him:
If you were not an old man, and if it were not for the fact that
it is not lawful for a man of God to upbraid one older than
himself, I would laugh at you and say that you are out of your
mind for saying that the people went captive into Babylon.
Even if the heavenly torrents had opened, and the angels of
God came to take them with power and authority, not yet would
they have (time) to go into Babylon!
For how much time has passed since my father Jeremiah sent
me to the estate of Agrippa because of a few (figs), so that I
might give them to the sick of the people?
And coming to a tree from out of the heat, I fell asleep
for a little bit.
Supposing that I was late, I uncovered the figs and found
them dripping milk just as I had collected (them).
And you say that the people were taken captive into
But that you might know, and not account me a liar, take
the figs and see.
And when the old man saw these things he said: O child, you
are the son of a righteous man, and God did not want to show you
the desolation of this city and he brought this trance upon you.
Behold, it is seventy times (since) the people were taken
captive into Babylon with Jeremiah from this day.
But so that you may learn, my child, that what I tell you
is true, look into the field and see that the ripening of the
crops has not yet appeared.
And notice that the figs are not in season, and be
enlightened and be persuaded that I am telling the truth.
Then Abimelech, just as from great sobriety and observing
the land accurately, and the trees in it, said: Blessed be the
God of heaven and earth, the Rest of the souls of the righteous.
And he said to the old man: What month is this?
And the old man said: The twelfth.
And giving some figs to the old man, he departed when he
had blessed him.
And rising up, Abimelech prayed that it might be revealed to
him what he should do.
And behold, an angel of the Lord came and took him by the
right hand and brought him safely to the tomb in which Baruch
And seeing one another, they wept much, and then they prayed
to God and rejoiced, glorifying and praising him.
And Baruch, seeing the figs which were picked seventy times
before still dripping milk, was astonished, and said:
Let us pray to God that the Lord may make known to us how,
then, we will give knowledge to Jeremiah concerning the shelter
made for you, and now (your) incredible awakening.
And while they were doing this, they heard an angel which
was sent to them:
Write a letter to Jeremiah (saying) what he must do unto
the people as I say to you. And he told them everything that
they should write, and he also delivered over this: Behold, in a
few days God will lead you out of Babylon into Jerusalem. And
early tomorrow when an eagle comes, bind the letter and a few
figs on its neck so that it may carry these things to Jeremiah
And when he had said these things he departed from them.
And immediately taking papyrus Baruch sat down and wrote
the things which he heard from the angel.
And coming early, the eagle cried out. And going out, they
And when they had prayed they bound the letter and ten figs
on its neck.
And when they had prayed for it they sent it away, having
commanded it to return to them again.
And it went away to Babylon (and having arrived) it sat on
a pillar outside the city.
And according to the stewardship of God, Jeremiah was going
out of the city with all the people to bury a corpse.
And they were mourning and were about to bury it in the
place which Jeremiah received from Nebuchadnezzar which he
yielded for the burying of dead Jews.
And the eagle cried out with the voice of a man and said: I
say to you Jeremiah, take the letter which I have brought to you
from Baruch and Abimelech and let all the people of Jerusalem
And when Jeremiah heard, he glorified God.
And the eagle sat on the corpse and immediately it arose.
Everyone seeing this knew that the letter was sent from
God. And when all had glorified God at what had happened,
Jeremiah untied the letter and read it before all.
And when they heard it they shouted out and rejoiced
And Jeremiah also wrote on papyrus of all the tribulations
and misfortunes that had happened to them.
And he tied it to the neck of the eagle and blessing it, he
sent it off.
And again it took this letter to Baruch and Abimelech, and
when they had read it they wept and with thanks they glorified
God because they had not been tested with such tribulations.
But Jeremiah gave the figs to the sick of the people, and
they were all healed, as many as ate of them.
And when the appointed day had been attained,
God said to Jeremiah: Take the entire night and go out of
Babylon and come to the Jordan.
And there you will separate the rulers of the Babylonians
who took wives from your nation and the women of the Babylonians
who joined together with your people. And those who do not hear
you the Jordan will separate. They will not cross with you.
And Jeremiah did as God commanded him.
And in separating them at the Jordan, most of those who had
joined (with the Babylonians) did not wish to listen to
Jeremiah, but said: It is better for us to return to Babylon
than to forsake our wives.
And they departed for Babylon.
But they were not welcomed by the Babylonians who said:
Because you left us and departed secretly,
We have sworn an oath among ourselves not to receive you or
But these who were not received, either by Jeremiah or by
the Babylonians departed into a desert place some distance from
Jerusalem and built for themselves a city which is called
Samaria, which is what they named it.
And Jeremiah with the people went into Jerusalem and they
rejoiced, bringing up their sacrifices for nine days.
And on the tenth day Jeremiah offered his sacrifice to God.
And he prayed
until his soul went up and his body fell down dead in the
Then Baruch and Abimelech came to mourn Jeremiah.
And when all the people heard they ran to them and saw
Jeremiah lying on the ground dead.
And they tore their garments and put dust on their heads
and they all wept bitterly.
And after this they prepared to bury him.
And behold, there was a voice from heaven saying: Do not
bury the one who yet lives.
And when they heard the voice they stayed beside him,
praying for three days.
And after three days his soul came back into his body and
he raised his voice in the midst of them all, saying: With one
voice all of you glorify God and his son who awakens us, messiah
Jesus, the light of all the ages, the inextinguishable lamp, the
life of our nature.
For after these times there shall be 377 years more.
And as he preached the good news of the messiah to them as
he saw and heard enigmatically when his soul went up, all the
people shouted: These are the words which Isaiah of old spoke to
our fathers: I saw God and his son.
And they killed him with a wooden saw, sawing him asunder.
Come then, let us stone him.
And when they heard these things, Baruch and Abimelech were
greatly grieved because of the death of Jeremiah and had not
heard in full the mysteries which the prophet who had gone up
had seen and heard.
And he, knowing their thoughts, said: Be silent; they will
not kill me until everything which I saw and heard I describe
And he said to them: Bring a great stone to me. And they
brought it to him.
And the prophet said: Lord, make this stone like me in
appearance so that the people will stone it until I tell my
brothers the things which I saw and heard.
Then, by the commandment of God, the stone took on the
appearance of the prophet,
And they stoned it instead of him.
And he told them everything that he saw and heard. Desiring
to complete his ministry, he went into the midst of the people.
And by the command of God the stone went up and cried out
in the voice of a man, saying: O foolish children of Israel, why
do you stone me, supposing that I am Jeremiah, who is standing
in your midst?
Then, out of great sobriety, they saw the holy one, and
taking up stones they killed him. And he was stoned by his
fellow captives of Jerusalem who owed him much good, and he did
not speak against them neither was he angry, but thus he
received the overpowering of the stones, as through them he went
up into heaven.
And when Baruch and Abimelech came, they buried him, and
taking the stone they placed it on his tomb, inscribing on it:
This is the stone that was the ally of Jeremiah.
And the sacred vessels Jeremiah laid away according to the
command of God, sealed in this stone by his finger in the name
of God. Through the writing of iron, the imprint has become on
the stone a shadowy cloud, because it is indistinguishable. And
the stone is in the desert where formerly the ark was prepared
with the others. And this Jeremiah spoke: The Lord went up to
heaven from Zion, but he will come again to visit Zion, and the
coming of the messiah will be the sign whenever every nation
worships the cross, glorifying and praising God, to whom becomes
all glory forever and ever, Amen.
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