Jeremiah 38:23

23 “All your wives and children will be brought out to the Babylonians. You yourself will not escape from their hands but will be captured by the king of Babylon; and this city willa be burned down.”

Read Jeremiah 38:23 Using Other Translations

So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.
All your wives and your sons shall be led out to the Chaldeans, and you yourself shall not escape from their hand, but shall be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city shall be burned with fire."
All your wives and children will be led out to the Babylonians, and you will not escape. You will be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned down.”

What does Jeremiah 38:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 38:23

So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the
Chaldeans
Not the citizens of Jerusalem; but, as Kimchi observes, the Chaldeans that should enter the city shall bring them out to the Chaldeans without: or it may be rendered impersonally, "they shall be brought out": not only the ladies at court, that waited on him and his queen, as before; but all his wives and concubines, and his children, or his sons rather; for at the taking of the city no mention is made of daughters, only of sons, who were slain before his eyes, ( Jeremiah 39:6 ) ; and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the
hand of the king of Babylon;
not by him personally, for he was not present at the taking of him, but by his army, who having taken him, brought him to him, and delivered him into his hand, ( Jeremiah 39:5 ) ; and thou shalt cause this city to be burnt with fire;
or, "thou shall burn this city with fire" F2; be the moral cause of it; through his sin and obstinacy, impenitence and unbelief, the burning of the city might be laid to his charge; his sin was the cause of it; and it was all one as if he had burnt it with his own hands. All this is said to work upon him to hearken to the advice given; but all was in vain.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 (vab Pdvt) "combures igne", Vatablus, Schmidt; "cremabis in igne", Montanus.
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