Jeremiah 36:22

22 It was December. The king was sitting in his winter quarters in front of a charcoal fire.

Jeremiah 36:22 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 36:22

Now the king sat in the winter house, in the ninth month
The month Cisleu, which answers to part of November, and part of December; and so was the midst of winter, and a proper time for the king to be in his winter house; though, as this was a fast day, it would have been more proper for him to have been at the worship of God in the temple, ( Jeremiah 36:9 ) . This winter house probably was a winter parlour, as distinguished from a summer parlour, ( Judges 3:20 ) ; and both might be under the same roof, or parts of the same house; only the one might be more airy and cool, and the other more close and warm. Kings had their summer and winter houses; see ( Amos 3:15 ) ; this circumstance is mentioned for the sake of what follows, the burning of the roll; and accounts for there being a fire at hand to do it: and [there was a fire] on the hearth burning before him;
there was a stove, or some such vessel or instrument, in which a large fire of wood was made, at which the king sat to keep himself warm while the roll was reading, and about which the princes stood.

Jeremiah 36:22 In-Context

20 The officials went to the court of the palace to report to the king, having put the scroll for safekeeping in the office of Elishama the secretary of state.
21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll. He brought it from the office of Elishama the secretary. Jehudi then read it to the king and the officials who were in the king's service.
22 It was December. The king was sitting in his winter quarters in front of a charcoal fire.
23 After Jehudi would read three or four columns, the king would cut them off the scroll with his pocketknife and throw them in the fire. He continued in this way until the entire scroll had been burned up in the fire.
24 Neither the king nor any of his officials showed the slightest twinge of conscience as they listened to the messages read.