2 Kings 25:18

18 The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.

Read 2 Kings 25:18 Using Other Translations

And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:
And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest and Zephaniah the second priest and the three keepers of the threshold,
Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took with him as prisoners Seraiah the high priest, Zephaniah the priest of the second rank, and the three chief gatekeepers.

What does 2 Kings 25:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ver. 18-21. And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the
chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest
The sagan, or deputy priest, who officiated for the high priest, when by any means he was rendered unfit and incapable; so Joseph, the son of Ellem, as Josephus F24 relates, officiated for Matthias, when defiled with a nocturnal pollution; and seven days before the day of atonement they always substituted one under the high priest, lest anything of this kind should happen to him F25. From hence, to the end of ( 2 Kings 25:21 ) the account is the same as in ( Jeremiah 52:25-27 ) , only here in ( 2 Kings 25:19 ) it is said, that five men that were in the king's presence were taken, there seven men; to account for which, (See Gill on Jeremiah 52:25).


FOOTNOTES:

F24 Antiqu. l. 17. c. 6. sect. 4.
F25 Misn. Yoma, c. 1. sect. 1.
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