brother of support = helper, one of the five whom Josiah sent to consult the prophetess Huldah in connection with the discovery of the book of the law (2 Kings 22:12-14; 2 Chr. 34:20). He was the son of Shaphan, the royal secretary, and the father of Gedaliah, governor of Judea after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians (2 Kings 25:22; Jer. 40:5-16; 43:6). On one occasion he protected Jeremiah against the fury of Jehoiakim (Jer. 26:24). It was in the chamber of another son (Germariah) of Shaphan that Baruch read in the ears of all the people Jeremiah's roll.
Later on Shaphan's son ahikam protected Jeremiah when his life was in imminent danger.
Doubtless other princes associated themselves with ahikam in his friendly action on behalf of the prophet.
Jeremiah's only real assurance of safety lay in the personal protection extended to him by ahikam ben Shaphan.
The prophet had to thank the protection of ahikam, a son of the scribe Zaphan (p. 213), that he escaped the anger of the king.
Gemariah was the brother of ahikam, the protector of the prophet.
His most powerful protector was ahikam, the son of Shaphan, a member of a family of the utmost distinction.
He appointed Gedaliah, the son of ahikam, the son of Shaphan, his satrap (pakd) over the poor remnant who were left in the land.
Through the exertions of his friends, and especially of ahikam, Jeremiah was set free for the time.