Jeremiah 37:12

12 Jeremiah set out from Jerusalem to go to 1the land of Benjamin 2to receive his portion there 3among the people.

Jeremiah 37:12 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 37:12

Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem
At least he attempted to do so, taking the opportunity of the siege of the city being broke up: what were his reasons for it are not certain; whether that he might not be put into prison, which he might fear for what he had just prophesied of concerning the return of the Chaldean army, that should take the city, and burn it; or to save himself from the destruction which he was sure would come upon it; or because he found he could do no good by his preaching and prophesying in it: however his view was to go into the land of Benjamin;
his native country, the tribe he belonged to; and very likely to Anathoth in that tribe, where he was born, and had lived. Josephus F5 is express for it, which he says was twenty furlongs from Jerusalem: to separate himself thence in the midst of the people:
or, "to slip away thence in the midst of the people" F6; the siege being raised, the people that had fled to Jerusalem for safety crowded out again to go into their own countries, which the prophet thought to take the advantage of, and slip away in a crowd unobserved; though the words may be rendered, "to take part from thence in the midst of the people" F7; either to take part of the spoil left there by the Chaldean army; or with the priests there, of what belonged to them, of whose number he was, ( Jeremiah 1:1 ) . The Targum is,

``to divide an inheritance which he had there in the midst of the people;''
and to the same sense are the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions F8.

F5 Antiqu. l. 10. c. 7. sect. 3.
F6 (Meh Kwtb Mvm qlxl) "ad lubrificandum seipsum", Montanus; "ad delabendum", Junius & Tremellius; "elabendo", Piscator; "ut subduecret se", Grotius.
F7 "Ut partem acciperet ibi in medio populi", Schmidt.
F8 Vid. Gloss. in T. Bab. Sota, fol. 42. 1. & Pesikta apud Yalkut in loc.

Jeremiah 37:12 In-Context

10 For even if you should defeat the whole army of Chaldeans who are fighting against you, and there remained of them only wounded men, every man in his tent, they would rise up and burn this city with fire.'"
11 Now when the Chaldean army had withdrawn from Jerusalem at the approach of Pharaoh's army,
12 Jeremiah set out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin to receive his portion there among the people.
13 When he was at the Benjamin Gate, a sentry there named Irijah the son of Shelemiah, son of Hananiah, seized Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "You are deserting to the Chaldeans."
14 And Jeremiah said, "It is a lie; I am not deserting to the Chaldeans." But Irijah would not listen to him, and seized Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Jeremiah 1:1; Jeremiah 32:8
  • 2. [Jeremiah 32:9]
  • 3. ver. 4; Jeremiah 39:14
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