37:21 Ps 109:5 Lu 3:19,20
37:16 La 3:55 Ac 16:24 2Co 4:8,9 Heb 10:36
* Hammelech. or, the king.
* and they.
* And in.
This dungeon, which seems to have belonged to one of
Zedekiah's sons, appears to have been a most dreadful place;
the horrors of which were probably augmented by the cruelty of
the jailor. "The eastern people," observes Sir J. Chardin,
"have not different prisons for the different classes of
criminals; the judges do not trouble themselves about where
the prisoners are confined, or how they are treated,
considering it merely as a place of safety; and all that they
require of the jailor is, that the prisoner be forthcoming
when called for. As to the rest, he is master to do as he
pleases; to treat him well or ill; to put him in irons or not;
to shut him up close, or hold him in easier restraint; to
admit people to him, or to suffer nobody to see him. If the
jailor and his servants have large fees, let the person be the
greatest rascal in the world, he shall be lodged in the
jailor's own apartment, and the best part of it; and on the
contrary, if those that have imprisoned a man give the jailor
greater presents, or that he has a greater regard for them, he
will treat the prisoner with the greatest inhumanity." This
adds a double energy to those passages which speak of "the
sighing of the prisoner," and to Jeremiah's supplicating that
he might not be remanded to the dungeon of Jonathan. (ver.
26; ch. 37:20.)
22 Ge 37:24 Ps 40:2 69:2,14,15 La 3:52-55 Zec 9:11