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(Heb. Gens-aryah', גְּמִרְיָה [Jeremiah 29:3], and in its prolonged form, Gemarya'hu, גְּמִרְיָהוּ whom Jehovah has made perfect; Sept. Γαμαρίας ), the name of two men.

1. The son of Shaphan, one of the nobles of Judah and a scribe of the Temple in the time of Jehoiakim. B.C. 605. Baruch read aloud the prophecies of Jeremiah to the people at the official chamber of Gemariah (or from a window in it), which was attached to the new gate of the Temple built by king Jotham (Jeremiah 36:10; comp. 2 Kings 15:35). Gemariah's son Michaiah having reported this to his father, Baruch was invited to repeat the reading at the scribe's chamber in the palace, before Gemariah ands other scribes and counselors, who gave an account of the matter to the king (Jeremiah 36:11-20). Gemariah, with the other princes, heard the divite message with terror but without a sign of repentance; though Geisariah joined two others in entreating king Jehoiakim to forbear destroying the roll which they bad taken from Baruch (Jeremiah 36:21-25). (See JEREMIAH).

2. The son of Hilkiah, who, with Elasah, son of Shaphan, was sent to Babylon by king Zedekiah with his tribute-money for Nebuchadnezzar. He also took charge of a letter from Jeremiah to the Jewish captives at Babylon, warning them against the false prophets who deluded them by promises of a speedy return to their own land (Jeremiah 29:3-4). B.C. 594. (See JEREMIAH).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Gemariah'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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