a Son of Hilkiah. He was a messenger of King Zedekiah's to the king of Babylon. Jeremiah also sent a letter by him and by Elasah, the son of Shaphan to the Jewish captives in Babylon, Jeremiah's message was to the effect that the captives should make the very best of their present state, do the very best that they could where they were, and not listen to false prophets who would prophesy a quick deliverance for them (Jer. 29:3). b Another Gemariah was the son of Shaphan the scribe, and father of Micaiah; his son Micaiah was one of those who listened to the reading of the roll by Baruch, and told the king about it (Jer. 36:10).