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12 He went down to the chamber of the royal secretary in the king’s palace and found all the court officials in session there. Elishama[a] the royal secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor,[b] Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials were seated there.

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  1. Jeremiah 36:12 sn If, as many believe, this man was the same as the Elishama mentioned in Jer 41:1 and 2 Kgs 25:25, he was also a member of the royal family.
  2. Jeremiah 36:12 sn This man has already been mentioned in Jer 26:22 as the official who was sent to Egypt to extradite the prophet Uriah, whom Jehoiakim had executed. Though he was instrumental in the death of that prophet, he appears to have been favorably disposed to Jeremiah, or at least impressed by the seriousness of his messages, because he is one of the officials who urged Baruch and Jeremiah to hide (v. 19), and he counseled Jehoiakim not to burn the scroll (v. 25).

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