Thus saith the Lord, write ye this man childless
That is, Coniah, or Jeconiah; who though he had children in the captivity, yet they died in it, or however never succeeded him in the throne. This, to show the certainty of the thing, the Lord would have written. The speech is directed, as some think, to the angels, or to the prophets; though the words may be rendered impersonally, "let this man be written childless", it may be set down, and taken for a sure and certain thing, as though it was written with a pen of iron, that he shall be alone, and die without children, and have none to reign after him; a man [that] shall not prosper in his days;
he sat but three months and ten days upon the throne, and all the rest of his days he lived in captivity, ( 2 Chronicles 36:9 ) ; so that he was a very unfortunate prince; for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting on the throne of David,
and ruling any more in Judah;
none of them were so prosperous and happy as to arrive to the royal dignity, or to sit on the throne of David, and be kings of Judah. Here ended the race of kings of the house of David, until the King Messiah came; for though there were of his line that were governors of Judah, as Zerubbabel, yet not kings. Moreover, Jeconiah was the last of the house of David in the line of Solomon. Salathiel, of whom was Zerubbabel governor of Judah, was the son of Neri, who descended from Nathan the son of David; see ( Luke 3:29 Luke 3:31 ) , compared with ( Matthew 1:12 ) ; and (See Gill on Luke 3:29) and (See Gill on Luke 3:31) and (See Gill on Matthew 1:12).