Jeremiah 38:5

5 “He is in your hands,” King Zedekiah answered. “The king can do nothing to oppose you.”

Read Jeremiah 38:5 Using Other Translations

Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you.
King Zedekiah said, "Behold, he is in your hands, for the king can do nothing against you."
King Zedekiah agreed. “All right,” he said. “Do as you like. I can’t stop you.”

What does Jeremiah 38:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 38:5

Then Zedekiah the king said, behold, he [is] in your hand
In your power, to do with him as you please. This is either a grant of the king, allowing them to do as they thought fit; or a declaration of their power, supposing them to be the princes of the sanhedrim, as Grotius thinks, to judge of a false prophet, and condemn him; but that they were such does not appear; nor does their charge of the prophet, or their procedure against him, confirm it. The former sense seems best: for the king [is] not [he that] can do [any] thing against you;
which is said either in a flattering way, that such was their interest in him, and so great his regard for them, that he could not deny them any thing. So it is in the old translations, "for the king may deny you nothing"; and, "the king can deny you nothing": or else in a complaining way, suggesting that, he was a king, and no king; that he had no power to oppose them; they would do as they pleased; and therefore it signified nothing applying to him; he should not say any thing against it; he would have no concern in it; they might do as they pleased, since he knew they would.

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