Seraiah: Soldier of Jehovah.
1. The father of Joab
(1 Chronicles 4:13,14)
2. The grandfather of Jehu
(1 Chronicles 4:35)
3. One of David's scribes or secretaries
(2 Samuel 8:17)
4. A Netophathite
(Jeremiah 40:8) a chief priest of the time of Zedekiah.
He was carried captive by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon, and there
put to death
(2 Kings 25:18-23)
6. Father of Ezra the scribe
7. A ruler of the temple
8. A priest of the days of Jehoiakim
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
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
(Jeremiah 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.
(Jeremiah 51:59) is rendered
in the Revised Version, "Now Seraiah was chief chamberlain,"
instead of "was a quiet prince," as in the Authorized Version.