Jeremiah 52:16

16 But Nebuzaradan left behind the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.

Read Jeremiah 52:16 Using Other Translations

But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen.
But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen.
But Nebuzaradan allowed some of the poorest people to stay behind to care for the vineyards and fields.

What does Jeremiah 52:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 52:16

But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left [certain] of the
poor of the land
Of the land of Judea, who lived in the country, and had not been concerned in defending the city against the Chaldeans: for vinedressers, and for husbandmen;
to look after the vineyards and fields, and dress and manure them, that the king of Babylon might receive some advantage by the conquest he had made; (See Gill on Jeremiah 39:10).

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