Matthew 1:11

11 Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon).

Matthew 1:11 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 1:11

And Josias begat Jechonias
This Jechonias is the same with Jehoiakim, the son of Josias, called so by Pharaohnecho, when he made him king, whose name before was Eliakim, ( 2 Kings 23:34 ) begat of Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah, ( 2 Kings 23:36 ) .

and his brethren.
These were Johanan, Zedekiah, and Shallum. Two of them were kings, one reigned before him, viz. Shallum, who is called Jehoahaz, ( 2 Kings 23:30 ) compared with ( Jeremiah 22:11 Jeremiah 22:12 ) , the other, viz. Zedekiah, called before Mattaniah, reigned after his son Jehoiakim: these being both kings, is the reason why his brethren are mentioned; as well as to distinguish him from Jechonias in the next verse; who does not appear to have had any brethren: these were

about the time they were carried away to Babylon,
which is not to be connected with the word "begat": for Josiah did not beget Jeconiah and his brethren at that time, for he had been dead some years before; nor with Jechonias, for he never was carried away into Babylon, but died in Judea, and slept with his fathers, ( 2 Kings 24:6 ) but with the phrase "his brethren": and may be rendered thus, supposing (touv) understood, "which were at", or "about the carrying away to Babylon", or the Babylonish captivity.

Matthew 1:11 In-Context

9 Uzziah was the father of Jotham. Jotham was the father of Ahaz. Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah.
10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh. Manasseh was the father of Amon. Amon was the father of Josiah.
11 Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon).
12 After the Babylonian exile: Jehoiachin was the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel.
13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud. Abiud was the father of Eliakim. Eliakim was the father of Azor.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Greek Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin; also in 1:12 . See 2 Kgs 24:6 and note at 1 Chr 3:16 .