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Reference: Seraiah


The name of six persons, alluded to in the following passages: 2Sa 8:17; 2Ki 25:18; Ezr 7:1; Jer 36:26; 40:8; 51:59. The last is termed "a quiet prince" or "chief chamberlain." He bore to the Jews in Babylon a message from the prophet Jeremiah.

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soldier of Jehovah. (1.) The father of Joab (1Ch 4:13-14).

(2.) The grandfather of Jehu (1Ch 4:35).

(3.) One of David's scribes or secretaries (2Sa 8:17).

(4.) A Netophathite (Jer 40:8), a chief priest of the time of Zedekiah. He was carried captive by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon, and there put to death (2Ki 25:18,23).

(5.) Ezr 2:2.

(6.) Father of Ezra the scribe (Ezr 7:1).

(7.) A ruler of the temple (Ne 11:11).

(8.) A priest of the days of Jehoiakim (Ne 12:1,12).

(9.) The son of Neriah. When Zedekiah made a journey to Babylon to do homage to Nebuchadnezzar, Seraiah had charge of the royal gifts to be presented on that occasion. Jeremiah took advantage of the occasion, and sent with Seraiah a word of cheer to the exiles in Babylon, and an announcement of the doom in store for that guilty city. The roll containing this message (Jer 50:1-8) Seraiah was to read to the exiles, and then, after fixing a stone to it, was to throw it into the Euphrates, uttering, as it sank, the prayer recorded in Jer 51:59-64. Babylon was at this time in the height of its glory, the greatest and most powerful monarchy in the world. Scarcely seventy years elapsed when the words of the prophet were all fulfilled. Jer 51:59 is rendered in the Revised Version, "Now Seraiah was chief chamberlain," instead of "was a quiet prince," as in the Authorized Version.

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1. 2Sa 8:17.

2. The high priest under king Zedekiah; taken by Nebuzaradan, captain of the Babylonian guard, and slain at Riblah (2Ki 25:18; 1Ch 6:14; Jer 52:24).

3. Son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite; came to the Babylonian viceroy Gedaliah to Mizpah, who promised security to the Jews who should dwell in the land, serving the king of Babylon (2Ki 25:23; Jer 40:8).

4. 1Ch 4:13-14.

5. 1Ch 4:35.

6. Ezr 2:2; Ne 7:7 Azariah.

7. Ezr 7:1.

8. Ne 10:2.

9. Ne 11:11.

10. 12/1/type/wbs'>Ne 12:1,12.

11. Neriah's son, Baruch's brother (Jer 51:59,61). Went with Zedekiah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. Jeremiah gave a special copy of the prophecy to Seraiah where with to console the Jews in their Babylonian exile. Though Seraiah was to cast it into the Euphrates, a symbol of Babylon's fate, he retained the substance in memory, to communicate orally to his countrymen. Calvin translated "when he went in behalf of Zedekiah," being sent to appease Nebuchadnezzar's anger at his revolt. "This Seraiah was a quiet prince," menuchah, from nuwach "to be quiet" (compare 1Ch 22:9, "a man of rest"). Seraiah was not one of the courtiers hostile to God's prophets, but quiet and docile, ready to execute Jeremiah's commission, notwithstanding the risk. Glassius translated "prince of Menuchah" (on the borders of Judah and Dan, called also Menahath), margin 1Ch 2:52. Maurer translated "commander of the royal caravan," on whom it devolved to appoint the resting places for the night.

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1. (2Sa 8:17) See Shavsha. 2. High priest in the reign of Zedekiah. He was put to death, with other distinguished captives, by order of Nebuchadnezzar at Riblah, 2Ki 25:18,21; Jer 52:24,27. He is mentioned in the list of high priests, 1Ch 6:14. Ezra claimed descent from him, Ezr 7:1 (1Es 8:1 Azarias, 2Es 1:1 Samaraias). His name occurs also in 1Es 5:6 Saraias. 3. One of 'the captains of the forces' who joined Gedaliah at Mizpah (2Ki 25:23; Jer 40:8). 4. Second son of Kenaz father of Joab, and brother of Othniel (1Ch 4:13-14) 5. Grandfather of Jehu, a prince of Simeon (1Ch 4:35) 6. One of the twelve leaders who returned with Zerub babel, Ezr 2:2 = Ne 7:7 Azariah, l Es 5:8 Zaraias 7. A priestly clan (Ne 10:2; 11:11; 12/2/type/wbs'>12:2,12,1Es 5:8 = 1Ch 9:11 Azariah). 8. One of those sent to apprehend Jeremiah and Baruch (Jer 36:26). 9. Son of Neriah and brother of Baruch (Jer 51:59-64). He held the office of sar men

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1. David's scribe or secretary. 2Sa 8:17. See SHAVSHA.

2. Son of Azariah, and high priest in the reign of Zedekiah. When Jerusalem was taken by Nebuchadnezzar he was carried to Riblah, and there put to death. 2Ki 25:18; 1Ch 6:14; Jer 52:24.

3. Son of Tanhumeth: a captain in the time of Gedaliah. 2Ki 25:23; Jer 40:8.

4. Son of Kenaz and brother of Othniel. 1Ch 4:13-14.

5. Son of Asiel, of the tribe of Simeon. 1Ch 4:35.

6. A chief man who returned from exile. Ezr 2:2. Supposed, as in the margin, to be called AZARIAH in Ne 7:7.

7. Father of Ezra the scribe. Ezr 7:1.

8. Priest who sealed the covenant. Ne 10:2.

9. Son of Hilkiah: 'ruler of the house of God.' Ne 11:11.

10. Priest who returned from exile. 12/1/type/wbs'>Ne 12:1,12.

11. Son of Azriel: he was ordered by Jehoiakim to seize Baruch and Jeremiah. Jer 36:26.

12. Son of Neriah: to him was committed by Jeremiah a roll 'written against Babylon,' to be read at Babylon, and then with a stone tied to it, he was to cast it into the Euphrates; and to declare, "Thus shall Babylon sink." Jer 51:59-64. In verse 59, instead of 'a quiet prince,' it is better translated 'chief chamberlain,' as in the margin.

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1. The king's scribe or secretary in the reign of David.

2Sa 8:17

(B.C. 1043.)

2. The high priest in the reign of Zedekiah.

2Ki 25:18; 1Ch 6:14; Jer 52:24

(B.C. 594.)

3. The son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite.

2Ki 25:23; Jer 40:8

4. The son of Kenaz and brother of Othniel.

1Ch 4:13-14

5. Ancestor of Jehu a Simeonite chieftain.

1Ch 4:35

6. One of the children of the province who returned with Zerubbabel.

Ezr 2:2

(B.C. 536.)

7. One of the ancestors of Ezra the scribe.

Ezr 7:1

8. A priest, or priestly family, who signed the covenant with Nehemiah.

Ne 10:2

9. A priest, the son of Hilkiah.

Ne 11:11

10. The head of a priestly house which went up from Babylon with Zerubbabel.

Ne 12:12

11. The son of Neriah and brother of Baruch.

Jer 51:59,61

He went with Zedekiah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. (B.C. 594.) Perhaps he was an officer who took charge of the royal caravan on its march, and fixed the places where it should halt.

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