2 Kings 24:18

Zedekiah Reigns in Judah

18 1Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was 2Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

2 Kings 24:18 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 18-20. Zedekiah was twenty years old when he began to reign,
&c.] So that he was but between nine and ten years of age when his father Josiah died; for Jehoahaz reigned three months, Jehoiakim eleven years, and his son three months and ten days:

and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was
Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah;
by which it appears that he was the brother of Jehoahaz by father and mother's side, ( 2 Kings 23:31 ) . This and the two following verses are expressed in the same words as in ( Jeremiah 52:1-3 ) , (See Gill on Jeremiah 52:1), (See Gill on Jeremiah 52:2), (See Gill on Jeremiah 52:3), in ( 2 Chronicles 36:10 2 Chronicles 36:13 ) , besides what is here said, is written, that he humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet of the Lord, that spoke in his name, but opposed him; and rebelling against the king of Babylon, broke his oath, and hardened his neck and heart against the Lord, and was obstinate, stubborn, and self-willed.

2 Kings 24:18 In-Context

16 And the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon all the men of valor, 7,000, and the craftsmen and the metal workers, 1,000, all of them strong and fit for war.
17 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah.
18 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
19 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
20 For because of the anger of the LORD it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence. And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

Cross References 2

  • 1. For ch. 24:18 - 25:21, see Jeremiah 52:1-7
  • 2. 2 Kings 23:31