Jeremiah 52: Recap

To review, Zedekiah became king when he was 21 years old and ruled for 11 years. He decided to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar in the ninth year of his reign. Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem for the next two years. By the end, people were starving. when the walls were finally breached, Zedekiah and his army tried to feel, but they were captured near Jericho.

Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah watch as all his sons and officials were put to death, then he ordered his eyes put out and to be chained in with the other prisoners to be force marched to Babylon. There Zedekiah rotted in prison for his remaining years.

In total, Nebuchadnezzar too 3,023 Jews prisoner during tthe first war, 832 during the second war, and another 1,745 during the third and final war.

The Babylonian king left his general Nebuzaradan on clean up. Nebuzaradan looted the valuables from the Temple, Palace, and elsewhere and then burned them all to the ground.

Finally, the old king Jehoiachin was remembered and released from prison 37 years later.

And so ends the woe-betiding book of Jeremiah. Next time, the sad, sad poetry of Lamentations! 

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