- Alongside the cataclysmic political happenings, what is the one outstanding event in this chapter that overshadows all else
- In the indictment of this chapter, on what sin does the emphasis lie (verses 12-16)? How would you describe the cause of Judah’s downfall? Cf. 7:19-22.
- In what particular ways did Zedekiah fail?
- What does this chapter reveal about the character of God?
Note. The kings and events of this chapter can be summarized as follows: (a) Jehoahaz was king for three months (verses 1-3). (b) Jehoiakim (Eliakim) reigned for eleven years (verses 4, 5). He was an Egyptian vassal until the Babylonians defeated them at the Battle of Carchemish (605 BC) and became the dominant power. The first Babylonian invasion occurred during this reign (verses 6, 7). (c) Jehoiachin was king for three months, until the second invasion (verses 10) terminated his reign; 10,000 leading citizens were taken into exile. (d) Zedekiah reigned for eleven years (verse 10, 11). He was a Babylonian vassal and his rebellion precipitated the third invasion, devastation and exile (verses 17, 18) in 586 BC.