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Ba’ruch (blessed).

1. Son of Neriah, the friend, Jer. 32:12, amanuensis, Jer. 26:4-32, and faithful attendant of Jeremiah. Jer. 36:10ff. (b.c. 603.) He was of a noble family, comp. Jer. 51:59; Bar. 1:1, and of distinguished acquirements. His enemies accused him of influencing Jeremiah in favor of the Chaldæans, Jer. 43:3; cf. 27:13, and he was imprisoned until the capture of Jerusalem, b.c. 586. By the permission of Nebuchadnezzar he remained with Jeremiah at Mizpeh, Jos. Ant. x. 9, §1, but was afterwards forced to go down to Egypt. Jer. 43:6. Nothing is known certainly of the close of his life.

2. The son of Zabbai, who assisted Nehemiah in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Neh. 3:20. (b.c. 446.)

3. A priest, or family of priests, who signed the covenant with Nehemiah. Neh. 10:6. (b.c. 410)

4. The son of Col-bozeh, a descendant of Perez or Pharez, the son of Judah. Neh. 11:5. (b.c. 536.)