The tribe of Simeon (Ezek 48:24-48:24)

“Adjoining the territory

Of Benjamin,

From the east side

To the west side,

Simeon shall have

One portion.”

Simeon had gotten very little land in Joshua, chapter 19, just some land south of Judah. Here, they are attached to Benjamin in some way that is not clear. They had one portion, just like Benjamin. Obviously, Simeon was decreasing in power and value.

The end of the book of Jeremiah (Jer 51:64-51:64)

“Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.”

Simply stated, this is the classical ending to the Book of Jeremiah. This line is not in the Greek Septuagint text. This book or scroll was tossed into the Euphrates River. There is an appendix attached, but it is mostly a duplicate of chapters 24-25, in 2 Kings, as well as chapter 39 of this work of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah wants to go to the palace jail (Jer 37:20-37:21)

“‘Now please hear me!

My lord king!

Be good enough

To listen to my plea!

Do not send me

Back to the house

Of the secretary Jonathan

To die there.’

So King Zedekiah gave orders.

They committed Jeremiah

To the court of the guard.

A loaf of bread

Was given him daily

From the bakers’ street,

Until all the bread of the city

Was gone.

So Jeremiah remained

In the court of the guard.”

Jeremiah did not want to go back to the dungeon cell in the house of the secretary Jonathan. Thus he pleaded with the king to get out of there. King Zedekiah granted his request. He was going to be kept in a semi-house arrest in the court of the guard, a real prison attached to the royal palace. There he would get a fresh loaf of bread from the common baker’s street area daily, until there were no more provisions in the city. Thus Jeremiah got better living conditions, if not released.

Jeremiah puts a yoke around his neck (Jer 27:2-27:2)

“Thus Yahweh said to me.

‘Make yourself

A yoke of straps!

Make yourself

A yoke of bars!

Put them on your neck.”

Yahweh wanted Jeremiah to put a yoke around his neck that had straps and bars on it. The ancient yoke had two wooden bars strapped together. This common yoke was used for the oxen when they were working with a plow attached to them. Once again, we see a symbolic action by a prophet. Jeremiah was to come under the yoke of the King of Babylon.

Judas Maccabeus and Nicanor become friends (2 Macc 14:23-14:25)

“Nicanor stayed on in Jerusalem. He did nothing out of the way, but dismissed the flocks of people that had gathered. He kept Judas Maccabeus always in his presence. He was warmly attached to the man. He urged him to marry and have children. Thus Judas Maccabeus married, settled down, and shared the common life.”

There was no happy ending in 1 Maccabees, chapter 7, between these two men. Here Nicanor stayed in Jerusalem. He just kept people from gathering together. He became good friends with Judas Maccabeus. He even urged him to settle down, get married and have children, which Judas Maccabeus did. This should be that they lived happily ever after, but of course, there is more to come.