Jeremiah 39:8

8 The Babyloniansa set fire to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.

Read Jeremiah 39:8 Using Other Translations

And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem.
The Chaldeans burned the king's house and the house of the people, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, the Babylonians burned Jerusalem, including the royal palace and the houses of the people, and they tore down the walls of the city.

What does Jeremiah 39:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 39:8

And the Chaldeans burnt the king's house
His palace: this was a month after the city was taken, as appears from ( Jeremiah 52:12 Jeremiah 52:13 ) ; and the houses of the people, with fire;
the houses of the common people, as distinct from the king's house, and the houses of the great men, ( Jeremiah 52:13 ) ; though Jarchi interprets of the synagogues. It is in the original text in the singular number, "the house of the people"; which Abarbinel understands of the temple, called, not the house of God, he having departed from it; but the house of the people, a den of thieves; according to Adrichomius F11, there was a house in Jerusalem called "the house of the vulgar", or common people, where public feasts and sports were kept; but the former sense seems best: and broke down the walls of Jerusalem;
demolished all the fortifications of it, and entirely dismantled it, that it might be no more a city of force and strength, as it had been.


FOOTNOTES:

F11 Theatrum Terrae Sanct. p. 154.
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