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Baruch (bâ'rook), blessed. 1. The secretary of the prophet Jeremiah, and who was of a distinguished Jewish family. Jeremiah 32:12. His friendship for Jeremiah was strong and constant. At his dictation Baruch wrote Jeremiah's prophecies. These he read before the princes, who rehearsed them to Jehoiakim, the king, having previously placed the writing in one of the offices of the temple. The king ordered the writing to be read in his presence, and he became so angry that he destroyed the manuscripts and gave orders to arrest both the prophet and his secretary, but they had concealed themselves. Jehovah, however, repeated the prophecies to Jeremiah, with some additions, and Baruch wrote them a second time. Baruch was falsely accused of influencing Jeremiah in favor of the Chaldæans, and they were both imprisoned until the capture of Jerusalem, b.c. 586. They were afterward forced to go down to Egypt. Jeremiah 43:6; Jeremiah 7:2. The name of three other persons, otherwise unknown. Nehemiah 3:20; Nehemiah 10:6; Nehemiah 11:5.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Baruch'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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