The reign of King Zedekiah in Judah (598-587 BCE) (2 Kings 24:17-24:20)

“The king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king in his place. He changed his name to Zedekiah. King Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign. He reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. He did what was evil in the sight of Yahweh, just as King Jehoiakim had done. Indeed, Jerusalem and Judah so angered Yahweh that he expelled them from his presence. However, King Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.”

Interesting enough he is succeeded by his uncle, who would have been a son of the good King Josiah and a brother of King Jehoiakim. He had the same mother, Hamutal from Libnah, as King Jehoahaz, so that they were blood brothers with the same mother and father. Uncle Mattaniah was only 3 years older than King Jehoiachin. The king of Babylon established him as king and gave him a new name, King Zedekiah. He ruled for 11 years in Jerusalem. Yahweh was angry with him also since he walked in the evil ways of his brother King Jehoiakim and not in the good ways of his father, King Josiah. However, he did rebel against the king of Babylon, which was not always a good idea.

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