Jeremiah 22:10

10 1Weep not for him who is dead, nor grieve for him, 2but weep bitterly for him who goes away, for he shall return no more to see his native land.

Jeremiah 22:10 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 22:10

Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him
Not Jehoiakim, as Jarchi and Kimchi; but King Josiah, slain by Pharaohnecho; who, being a pious prince, a good king, and very useful, and much beloved by his people, great lamentation was made for him by them, and by the prophet also; but now he exhorts them to cease weeping, or at least not to weep so much for him, it being well with him, and he taken away from evil to come; and especially since they had other and worse things to lament; see ( 2 Chronicles 35:24 2 Chronicles 35:25 ) ; [but] weep sore for him that goeth away:
or, "in weeping weep" F6: weep bitterly, and in good earnest; there is reason for it; for him that was about to go, or was gone out of his own land, even Jehoahaz or Shallum, after mentioned, who reigned but three months, and was put into bonds by Pharaohnecho king of Egypt, and carried by him thither, ( 2 Chronicles 36:4 ) ; for he shall return no more, nor see his native country;
for he died in Egypt, ( 2 Kings 23:34 ) ; Jarchi interprets the dead, in the first clause, of Jehoiakim, who died before the gate, when they had bound him to carry him captive, ( 2 Chronicles 36:6 ) ; "and him that goeth away", of Jeconiah and Zedekiah, who were both carried captive; and so Kimchi; but the former interpretation is best. Some understand this not of particular persons, but of the people in general; signifying that they were more happy that were dead, and less to be lamented, than those that were alive, and would be carried captive, and never see their own country any more; see ( Ecclesiastes 4:2 ) ; but particular persons seem manifestly designed.


F6 (wkb wkb) "deplorate deplorando", Schmidt; "flete flendo", Pagninus, Montanus.

Jeremiah 22:10 In-Context

8 "'And many nations will pass by this city, and every man will say to his neighbor, "Why has the LORD dealt thus with this great city?"
9 And they will answer, "Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and worshiped other gods and served them."'"
10 Weep not for him who is dead, nor grieve for him, but weep bitterly for him who goes away, for he shall return no more to see his native land.
11 For thus says the LORD concerning Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and who went away from this place: "He shall return here no more,
12 but in the place where they have carried him captive, there shall he die, and he shall never see this land again."

Cross References 2

  • 1. [2 Chronicles 35:24, 25]
  • 2. ver. 11
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