And five men of them that were in the king ' s presence - These were principal counselors, and confidential officers.
In Jeremiah 52:25, it is said he took seven men who were near the king' s person, and the same number is found in the Arabic in this place; and the Chaldee has no less than fifty men; but in Jeremiah this, as well as all the rest of the versions, reads seven. Probably they were no more than five at first, or, perhaps Jeremiah reckoned with the five the officer that was set over the men of war, and the principal scribe of the host mentioned here, as two with the five; and thus made seven in the whole.
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