Son of Shaphan, the scribe, and father of Gedaliah. He was sent by King Josiah to consult Huldah, the prophetess, about the book of the Law. Later, in the reign of Jehoiakim, he protected Jeremiah from the hands of the enraged people (Jer. xxvi. 24; II Chron. xxxiv. 20; II Kings, xxii. 12, 14, and xxv. 22).