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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 25:22-30

In these verses we have, I. The dispersion of the remaining people. The city of Jerusalem was quite laid waste. Some people there were in the land of Judah (2 Kgs. 25:22) that had weathered the storm, and (which was no small favour at this time, Jer. 45:5) had their lives given them for a prey. Now see, 1. What a good posture they were put into. The king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah, one of themselves, to be their governor and protector under him, a very good man, and one that would make the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 25:27-30

And it came to pass in the thirty and seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah ,.... Who must then be fifty five years of age: in the twelfth month, on the twenty and seventh day of the month ; in Jeremiah 52:31 it is said to be the twenty fifth day; of the reason of which difference; see Gill on Jeremiah 52:31 , that Evilmerodach king of Babylon ; who is supposed, by some F26 Vid. Lampe, Eccles. Hist. l. 1. c. 7. sect. 18. ", to be the same with... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 25:1-30

THE LAST SIEGE OF JERUSALEM . THE JEWS LED INTO CAPTIVITY . HISTORY OF THE REMNANT LEFT BEHIND . RELEASE FROM PRISON OF JEHOIACHIN . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 25:27-30

Fate of Jehoiachin . The writer of Kings, whose general narrative, since the time of Hezekiah, has been gloomy and dispiriting, seems to have desired to terminate his history in a more cheerful strain. He therefore mentions, as his last incident, the fate of Jehoiachin, who, after thirty-six years of a cruel and seemingly hopeless imprisonment, experienced a happy change of circumstances. The king who succeeded Nebuchadnezzar, his son, Evil-Merodach, in the first year of his sovereignty... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 25:27-30

The loving-kindness of the Lord. God, "in his wrath, thinketh upon mercy." The captive king, and the captive nation, each of them suffered a long and severe punishment. Each of them must have been inclined to sink into a state of hopelessness and apathy. Each may have thought that God had forgotten them altogether, or at any rate had forgotten, and would forget, to be gracious. Thirty-six years—how long a space is this in the life of a man! Jehoiachin had grown from youth to a man of full... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 25:27-30

Jehoiachin as a victim of tyrannic despotism, and as an object of delivering mercy. "And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year," etc. The life of this man has been already sketched. The incident here recorded presents him— I. AS A VICTIM OF TYRANNIC DESPOTISM . He had been in prison for thirty-seven years, and was fifty-five years of age. It was Nebuchadnezzar, the tyrannic King of Babylon that stripped this man of liberty and freedom, and shut him up in a dungeon... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 25:27-30

Jehoiachin's restoration. We have here— I. A LONG CAPTIVITY . "In the thirty-seventh year of the reign of Jehoiachin King of Judah." 1. Weary years . Thirty-seven years was a long time to spend in prison. The king was but eighteen years of age when he was taken away, so that now he would be fifty-five. Existence must have seemed hopeless, yet he went on enduring. He was suffering even more for his fathers' sins, and for the nation's sins, than for his own. Life is sweet, and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 25:28

And he spake kindly to him ; literally, he spake good things with him ; but the meaning is well expressed by our rendering. Evil-Merodach compassionated the sufferings of the unfortunate monarch, who had grown old in prison, and strove by kind speech to make up to him for them in a certain measure. And set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon. Evil-Merodach had at his court other captured kings besides Jehoiachin, whose presence was considered to... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Kings 25:28

The kings that were with him - Probably captive kings, like Jehoiachin himself. Compare Judges 1:7. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Kings 25:27-30

2 Kings 25:27-30. Evil-merodach, king of Babylon “Nebuchadnezzar, the father of Evil-merodach, died in the year of the world 3442, and before Christ 562, after he had reigned from the death of his father, according to the Babylonish account, forty-three years. He was certainly one of the greatest princes that had appeared in the East for many years before him; and, according to Megasthenes, as he is cited by Josephus, both for his enterprises and performances, far excelled even Hercules... read more

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