[Even] men, and women, and children, and the king's
&c.] This, according to the supplement of our version, explains who they were that were taken and had into Egypt, persons of every sex, age, and rank; though rather these words design and describe persons distinct from the former, that came out of other countries; see ( Jeremiah 41:10 ) ; and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left
with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan:
even the poor of the land to till it; and to whom he gave fields and vineyards, and committed them to the care and government of Gedaliah, when the rest were carried captive to Babylon; and now these, in some sort, may be said to be carried captive by their own brethren into Egypt: and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah;
whom they forced with them, partly to punish them, and partly to give countenance to their conduct; but not without the will of God, who so ordered it in his providence, that they might have the prophet with then, to reprove them for their sins, and warn them of their danger and ruin, and so leave them inexcusable.