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The wicked reign of Jehoahaz, ver. 1 - 4.
Jehoiakim, ver. 5 - 8.
Jehoiachin and Zedekiah, ver. 9 - 13.
The wickedness of the people, ver. 14 - 16.
Jerusalem destroyed, Judah laid waste, the people slain or led
away captive, according to God's word, ver. 17 - 21.
The proclamation of Cyrus, ver. 22, 23.
8: Found in him - That crime of rebellion against the king of
Babylon, which for a time he kept in his own breast, but when he
saw fit, discovered it, and was convicted of it.
10: Expired - Heb. at the return of the year: at the beginning of
the next year, according to the sacred account of the Hebrews, at the
spring of the year, the time when kings go forth to battle, as is
elsewhere said, when Nebuchadnezzar, among others, went forth to
settle and enlarge his conquests. His brother - Largely so called, for
this was his uncle, or his father's brother, being the son of Josiah.
13: By God - Who had required him to swear fealty and constant
obedience to him by the true God, whom he called upon to be a witness
against him if he broke his oath. So his rebellion was aggravated with
perjury, and horrid contempt of God.
15: Rising - Sending them early and diligently, as a careful
house - holder, who rises betimes about his business. God sent them many
prophets and messages, some at the very beginning of their apostacy,
and others afterward, 'till the very day of their captivity.
16: No remedy - Because the people would not repent, and God would
not pardon them.
17: Chaldees - Abraham was called out of Ur of the
Chaldees, when God took him into covenant with himself. And now
his degenerate seed are carried into that country again, to signify
that they had forfeited all that kindness wherewith they had been
loved for their father's sake, and the benefit of the covenant into
which he was called.
21: Sabbaths - Had rested from the labour of the husbandman in
plowing and harrowing it; the people that should have managed it being
destroyed. Many a time had they ploughed and sowed their land in the
seventh year, when it should have rested: and now it lay unploughed and
unsown for ten times seven years. Yet even this might encourage them to
hope, that they should in due time return to it again. Had others come
and taken possession of it, they might have despaired of ever recovering
it. But while it lay desolate, it, as it were, waited for them, and
refused to acknowledge any other owners.