Jeremiah 37:12
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New International Version
Jeremiah started to leave the city to go to the territory of Benjamin to get his share of the property among the people there.

New Living Translation
Jeremiah started to leave the city on his way to the territory of Benjamin, to claim his share of the property among his relatives there.

English Standard Version
Jeremiah set out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin to receive his portion there among the people.

New American Standard Bible
that Jeremiah went out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin in order to take possession of some property there among the people.

King James Bible
Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jeremiah started to leave Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin to claim his portion there among the people.

International Standard Version
Jeremiah left Jerusalem to go to the territory of Benjamin to take possession of his property there among the people.

NET Bible
Jeremiah started to leave Jerusalem to go to the territory of Benjamin. He wanted to make sure he got his share of the property that was being divided up among his family there.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Jeremiah wanted to leave Jerusalem and go to the territory of Benjamin to take possession of his property there among the people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin to separate himself there in the midst of the people.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself there in the midst of the people.

American King James Version
Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself there in the middle of the people.

American Standard Version
then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to receive his portion there, in the midst of the people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jeremias went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin: and to divide a possession there in the presence of the citizens.

Darby Bible Translation
that Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to have his portion there among the people.

English Revised Version
then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to receive his portion there, in the midst of the people.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Jeremiah went out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people.

World English Bible
then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to receive his portion there, in the midst of the people.

Young's Literal Translation
that Jeremiah goeth out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin, to receive a portion thence in the midst of the people.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

37:11-21 There are times when it is the wisdom of good men to retire, to enter into their chambers, and to shut the doors, Isa 26:20. Jeremiah was seized as a deserter, and committed to prison. But it is no new thing for the best friends of the church to be belied, as in the interests of her worst enemies. When thus falsely accused, we may deny the charge, and commit our cause to Him who judges righteously. Jeremiah obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful, and would not, to obtain mercy of man, be unfaithful to God or to his prince; he tells the king the whole truth. When Jeremiah delivered God's message, he spake with boldness; but when he made his own request, he spake submissively. A lion in God's cause must be a lamb in his own. And God gave Jeremiah favour in the eyes of the king. The Lord God can make even the cells of a prison become pastures to his people, and will raise up friends to provide for them, so that in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - As soon as communication with the outside world was possible, Jeremiah took the opportunity of going to his native country, to obtain something or other which he could only obtain "thence." The Authorized Version says that his object was to separate himself thence. But

(1) the rendering is linguistically untenable; and

(2) the assumed object is incongruous with the circumstances and Character of Jeremiah, who was neither inclined to seek safety in isolation nor had any motive at present for doing so. The only safe rendering is, to claim his share thence. Whether there was just then a reallotment of communal lands must be left undecided; this would, however, be the most plausible hypothesis, if we could be sure that the present was a sabbatical year. The additional words, in the midst of the people, would then acquire a special significance. The "people" would be the representatives of families who had an equal right to allotments with Jeremiah.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem,.... At least he attempted to do so, taking the opportunity of the siege of the city being broke up: what were his reasons for it are not certain; whether that he might not be put into prison, which he might fear for what he had just prophesied of concerning the return of the Chaldean army, that should take the city, and burn it; or to save himself from the destruction which he was sure would come upon it; or because he found he could do no good by his preaching and prophesying in it: however his view was

to go into the land of Benjamin; his native country, the tribe he belonged to; and very likely to Anathoth in that tribe, where he was born, and had lived. Josephus (e) is express for it, which he says was twenty furlongs from Jerusalem:

to separate himself thence in the midst of the people: or, "to slip away thence in the midst of the people" (f); the siege being raised, the people that had fled to Jerusalem for safety crowded out again to go into their own countries, which the prophet thought to take the advantage of, and slip away in a crowd unobserved; though the words may be rendered, "to take part from thence in the midst of the people" (g); either to take part of the spoil left there by the Chaldean army; or with the priests there, of what belonged to them, of whose number he was, Jeremiah 1:1. The Targum is,

"to divide an inheritance which he had there in the midst of the people;''

and to the same sense are the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions (h).

(e) Antiqu. l. 10. c. 7. sect. 3.((f) "ad lubrificandum seipsum", Montanus; "ad delabendum", Junius & Tremellius; "elabendo", Piscator; "ut subduecret se", Grotius. (g) "Ut partem acciperet ibi in medio populi", Schmidt. (h) Vid. Gloss. in T. Bab. Sota, fol. 42. 1. & Pesikta apud Yalkut in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. Benjamin—to his own town, Anathoth.

to separate himself—Margin translates, "to slip away," from a Hebrew root, "to be smooth," so, to slip away as a slippery thing that cannot be held. But it is not likely the prophet of God would flee in a dishonorable way; and "in the midst of the people" rather implies open departure along with others, than clandestine slipping away by mixing with the crowd of departing people. Rather, it means, to separate himself, or to divide his place of residence, so as to live partly here, partly there, without fixed habitation, going to and fro among the people [Ludovicus De Dieu]. Maurer translates, "to take his portion thence," to realize the produce of his property in Anathoth [Henderson], or to take possession of the land which he bought from Hanameel [Maurer].

Jeremiah 37:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jeremiah Imprisoned
11Now it happened when the army of the Chaldeans had lifted the siege from Jerusalem because of Pharaoh's army, 12that Jeremiah went out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin in order to take possession of some property there among the people. 13While he was at the Gate of Benjamin, a captain of the guard whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah the son of Hananiah was there; and he arrested Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "You are going over to the Chaldeans!"…
Cross References
Jeremiah 32:8
"Then, just as the LORD had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, 'Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.' "I knew that this was the word of the LORD;

Jeremiah 37:11
After the Babylonian army had withdrawn from Jerusalem because of Pharaoh's army,
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Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself there in the middle of the people.

went.

1 Kings 19:3,9 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to …

Nehemiah 6:11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, …

Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee you into another: …

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

the land.

Jeremiah 1:1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were …

Joshua 21:17,18 And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with …

1 Chronicles 6:60 And out of the tribe of Benjamin; Geba with her suburbs, and Alemeth …

separate himself thence. or, slip away from thence.

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