Jeremiah 36:19

Jehoiakim Burns the Scroll

19 The officials said to Baruch, "You and Jeremiah must hide yourselves and tell no one where you are."

Jeremiah 36:19 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 36:19

Then said the princes unto Baruch
Being satisfied with his answer: go hide thee, thou and Jeremiah, and let no man know where ye be.
Some of these princes at least seem to be good men, and believed what was read to them, and had a value for the prophet and his scribe, and were concerned for their welfare; and knowing the furious temper of the king, and his little regard to the prophets; and fearing he would resent what had been so publicly read to the people, provided against the worst; and in point of prudence advised Baruch and his master to abscond, and not let anyone know, no, not their nearest friends, where they were, lest they should be betrayed; nor did they, the princes, desire to know themselves. Jeremiah might be in prison, as some have thought, at the first reading of the roll, which was in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, and be at liberty now, which was in the fifth year; see ( Jeremiah 36:1 Jeremiah 36:9 ) .

Jeremiah 36:19 In-Context

17 Then they asked Baruch, "Tell us-how did you write all these words? At his dictation?"
18 Baruch said to them, "At his dictation. He recited all these words to me while I was writing on the scroll in ink."
19 The officials said to Baruch, "You and Jeremiah must hide yourselves and tell no one where you are."
20 Then they came to the king at the courtyard, having deposited the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and reported everything in the hearing of the king.
21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the scribe. Jehudi then read it in the hearing of the king and all the officials who were standing by the king.