Jeremiah 39:14

14 sent and took Jeremiah from 1the court of the guard. They entrusted him to 2Gedaliah the son of 3Ahikam, son of 4Shaphan, that he should take him home. So 5he lived among the people.

Jeremiah 39:14 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 39:14

Even they sent and took Jeremiah out of the court of the
Where he was, when Jerusalem was taken, ( Jeremiah 38:28 ) ; and where he remained until this order came: and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan;
the father of this person seems to be the same who saved Jeremiah from being delivered into the hand of the people, to be put to death by them, in Jehoiakim's reign, ( Jeremiah 26:24 ) ; and he himself was doubtless a prince of Judah, that deserted to the Chaldeans during the siege, and was in esteem with them, and appointed a governor over those that were left in the land: now what is here recorded was not done immediately after Jeremiah was taken out of the court of the prison; for however it was, whether through the multiplicity of business, or the neglect of inferior officers, who did not attend to the charge the captain of the guard gave them concerning Jeremiah; though he was taken out of prison, he was bound in chains, and carried among the captives to Ramah; where, very probably, Nebuzaradan, looking over his prisoners, to his great surprise finds the prophet among them; when he released him, and, after some discourse with him, sent him to Gedaliah; see ( Jeremiah 40:1-5 ) ; that he should carry him home;
or, "to the house" F15; either to the house of Gedaliah, as Kimchi; or rather to the house of Jeremiah in Anathoth: so he dwelt among the people;
that were left in the land, being at full liberty.


F15 (tybh la) "in domum", Schmidt; "ad domum", Pagninus, Montanus.

Jeremiah 39:14 In-Context

12 "Take him, look after him well, and do him no harm, but deal with him as he tells you."
13 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, Nebushazban the Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, and all the chief officers of the king of Babylon
14 sent and took Jeremiah from the court of the guard. They entrusted him to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, that he should take him home. So he lived among the people.
15 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah while he was shut up in the court of the guard:
16 "Go, and say to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will fulfill my words against this city for harm and not for good, and they shall be accomplished before you on that day.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Jeremiah 38:28; See Jeremiah 32:2
  • 2. Jeremiah 43:6; See Jeremiah 40:5-9, 11-16; Jeremiah 41:1-4, 6; 2 Kings 25:22-25
  • 3. 2 Kings 22:12
  • 4. 2 Kings 22:3
  • 5. Jeremiah 37:12
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