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Jeremiah 36:21

Context
36:21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll. He went and got it from the room of Elishama, the royal secretary. Then he himself 1  read it to the king and all the officials who were standing around him.

Jeremiah 36:23

Context
36:23 As soon as Jehudi had read three or four columns 2  of the scroll, the king 3  would cut them off with a penknife 4  and throw them on the fire in the firepot. He kept doing so until the whole scroll was burned up in the fire. 5 

1 tn Heb “and Jehudi read it.” However, Jehudi has been the subject of the preceding; so it would be awkward in English to use the personal subject. The translation has chosen to bring out the idea that Jehudi himself read it by using the reflexive.

2 tn Heb “doors.” This is the only time the word “door” is used in this way but all the commentaries and lexicons agree that it means “columns.” The meaning is figurative based on the similarity of shape.

3 tn Heb “he.” The majority of commentaries and English versions are agreed that “he” is the king. However, since a penknife (Heb “a scribe’s razor”) is used to cut the columns off, it is possible that Jehudi himself did it. However, even if Jehudi himself did it, he was acting on the king’s orders.

4 sn Heb “a scribe’s razor.” There is some irony involved here since a scribe’s razor was used to trim the sheets to be sewn together, scrape them in preparation for writing, and to erase errors. What was normally used to prepare the scroll was used to destroy it.

5 tn Heb “until the whole scroll was consumed upon the fire which was in the fire pot.”



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