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Say to the king and to the queen-mother,
“Humble yourselves, sit down;
for your headdresses have come down,
even the crown of your glory.” Bible

“queen-mother.” The Hebrew word translated “queen-mother” is gebereth (#01404 גְּבֶרֶת), and in this context the “queen-mother” is the mother of the king (BDAG Hebrew-English lexicon). The Queen-mother was the most powerful woman in the kingdom, much more powerful than any of the wives of the king, who often did not have much real power at all.


Commentary for: Jeremiah 13:18