Jeremiah 45:5
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5  And do you expect great things for yourself? Don’t expect them. For I am going to bring disaster upon all flesh—declares Hashem—but I will at least grant you your life in all the places where you may go.”

v’-a-TAH t’-va-kesh l’-KHA g’-do-LOT al t’-va-KESH KEE hi-n’-NEE may-VEE ra-AH al kol ba-SAR n’-um a-do-NAI v’-na-ta-TEE l’-KHA et naf-sh’-KHA l’-sha-LAL AL kol ha-m’-ko-MOT a-SHER tay-lekh SHAM

ה  וְאַתָּה תְּבַקֶּשׁ־לְךָ גְדֹלוֹת אַל־תְּבַקֵּשׁ כִּי הִנְנִי מֵבִיא רָעָה עַל־כָּל־בָּשָׂר נְאֻם־יְהֹוָה וְנָתַתִּי לְךָ אֶת־נַפְשְׁךָ לְשָׁלָל עַל כָּל־הַמְּקֹמוֹת אֲשֶׁר תֵּלֶךְ־שָׁם׃

45:5   And do you expect great things for yourself?

Rashi (1040-1105)

In the midst of the calamity, Yirmiyahu rebukes his closest student, Baruch son of Nerya, for being concerned about his personal welfare at a time of national crisis. Some suggest that as his grandfather was Maasayahu, governor of Yerushalayim during Yoshiyahu’s reign (II Chronicles 34:8), Baruch also hoped for high office, only to see his aspirations dissipate. Rashi, however attributes a higher motivation to Baruch: He was hoping, like great students of prophets before him, such as Yehoshua and Elisha, to receive the gift of prophecy. However, Yirmiyahu reminds his student, at a time when the people are suffering, personal goals — even spiritual ones — must be set aside.

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