A confession of sin and an exhortation to turn to the wisdom of the Torah.

This book is ascribed to Baruch, who was the friend and secretary of Jeremiah the prophet. At the beginning of the book, Baruch is said to be in exile in Babylonia. He sends a scroll to the Jewish community in Jerusalem, giving them a corporate confession of sin and prayers for God's mercy. The scroll continues with a call to turn the wisdom of God that is found in the Torah. In conclusion, Baruch assures his readers that in spite of their many sins, God will be merciful to them. Roman Catholic Bibles include the Letter of Jeremiah at the end of Baruch.

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