Jeremiah 36:22

22 It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him.

Read Jeremiah 36:22 Using Other Translations

Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
It was the ninth month, and the king was sitting in the winter house, and there was a fire burning in the fire pot before him.
It was late autumn, and the king was in a winterized part of the palace, sitting in front of a fire to keep warm.

What does Jeremiah 36:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 36:22

Now the king sat in the winter house, in the ninth month
The month Cisleu, which answers to part of November, and part of December; and so was the midst of winter, and a proper time for the king to be in his winter house; though, as this was a fast day, it would have been more proper for him to have been at the worship of God in the temple, ( Jeremiah 36:9 ) . This winter house probably was a winter parlour, as distinguished from a summer parlour, ( Judges 3:20 ) ; and both might be under the same roof, or parts of the same house; only the one might be more airy and cool, and the other more close and warm. Kings had their summer and winter houses; see ( Amos 3:15 ) ; this circumstance is mentioned for the sake of what follows, the burning of the roll; and accounts for there being a fire at hand to do it: and [there was a fire] on the hearth burning before him;
there was a stove, or some such vessel or instrument, in which a large fire of wood was made, at which the king sat to keep himself warm while the roll was reading, and about which the princes stood.

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