Jeremiah 36:24

24 Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard.

Jeremiah 36:24 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 36:24

Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments
They were not struck with horror at such an impious action as the burning of the roll; nor afraid of the judgments and wrath of God threatened in it; nor did they rend their garments in token of sorrow and mourning on account of either, as used to be when anything blasphemous was said or done, or any bad news were brought. The Jews from hence conclude, that whenever a man sees the book of the law torn of cut to pieces, he should rend his garments F20. The persons here meant are not the princes that first heard the roll read in the secretary's office, for they were afraid, ( Jeremiah 36:16 ) ; unless they now dissembled in the king's presence, or had shook off their fears; however, if they are included, three must be excepted, whose names are mentioned in ( Jeremiah 36:25 ) ; and those who are more especially designed are expressed in the next clause: [neither] the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words;
not all that were in the roll, for they only heard a part; but all that were in that part, which was enough to make them fear and tremble; but they were hardened in their sins; and by the hardness and impenitence of their hearts treasured up wrath against the day of wrath. These servants of the king seem to be those in waiting, and not the princes that came to him; however, they were not all of this complexion and character, since it follows:


F20 T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 26. 1.

Jeremiah 36:24 In-Context

22 It was late autumn, and the king was in a winterized part of the palace, sitting in front of a fire to keep warm.
23 Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up.
24 Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard.
25 Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, he wouldn’t listen.
26 Then the king commanded his son Jerahmeel, Seraiah son of Azriel, and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Baruch and Jeremiah. But the LORD had hidden them.
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