a coney, a scribe or secretary of king Josiah (2 Kings 22:3-7). He consulted Huldah concerning the newly-discovered copy of the law which was delivered to him by Hilkiah the priest (8-14). His grandson Gedaliah was governor of Judea (25:22).
Then shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book.
His companions, shaphan and Eleakim, were of different appearances.
On the day it was found, shaphan first read it himself, and then went to the king and read it aloud to him.
At these words shaphan lifted his face from his hands and dashed some tears from his eyelids.
Later on shaphan's son Ahikam protected Jeremiah when his life was in imminent danger.
At the words all eyes were turned to shaphan, who seemed to have recovered his composure.
Others have suggested a member of the family of shaphan, in which Jeremiah found his most loyal friends.
And shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, "Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book."
The family of shaphan, which occupied a high position, joined the prophet's party, and defended it with fervour.
His most powerful protector was Ahikam, the son of shaphan, a member of a family of the utmost distinction.