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Jeremiah 37:20

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37:20 But now please listen, your royal Majesty, 1  and grant my plea for mercy. 2  Do not send me back to the house of Jonathan, the royal secretary. If you do, I will die there.” 3 

Jeremiah 38:24

Context

38:24 Then Zedekiah told Jeremiah, “Do not let anyone know about the conversation we have had. 4  If you do, you will die. 5 

1 tn Heb “My lord, the king.”

2 tn Heb “let my plea for mercy fall before you.” I.e., let it come before you and be favorably received (= granted; by metonymical extension).

3 tn Or “So that I will not die there,” or “or I will die there”; Heb “and I will not die there.” The particle that introduces this clause (וְלֹא) regularly introduces negative purpose clauses after the volitive sequence (אַל [’al] + jussive here) according to GKC 323 §109.g. However, purpose and result clauses in Hebrew (and Greek) are often indistinguishable. Here the clause is more in the nature of a negative result.

4 tn Heb “about these words.”

5 tn Or “so that you will not die.” Or “or you will die.” See the similar construction in 37:20 and the translator’s note there.

sn This is probably not a threat that the king himself will kill Jeremiah, but a premonition that if the pro-Egyptian party that was seeking to kill Jeremiah found out about the conversation they would go ahead and kill Jeremiah (cf. 38:2-4).



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