Jeremiah Chapter 52

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Jeremiah 52

1 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.

So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king’s garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain.

But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.

Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon him.

10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.

11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,

13 And burned the house of the Lord, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire:

14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about.

15 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive certain of the poor of the people, and the residue of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude.

16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen.

17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the house of theLord, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the Lord, the Chaldeans brake, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon.

18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.

19 And the basons, and the firepans, and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; that which was of gold in gold, and that which was of silver in silver, took the captain of the guard away.

20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brasen bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the Lord: the brass of all these vessels was without weight.

21 And concerning the pillars, the height of one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a fillet of twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness thereof was four fingers: it was hollow.

22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and the height of one chapiter was five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the chapiters round about, all of brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates were like unto these.

23 And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; and all the pomegranates upon the network were an hundred round about.

24 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:

25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, which had the charge of the men of war; and seven men of them that were near the king’s person, which were found in the city; and the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city.

26 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah.

27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried away captive out of his own land.

28 This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty:

29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two persons:

30 In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the persons were four thousand and six hundred.

31 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison.

32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon,

33 And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life.

34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.

25 thoughts on “Jeremiah Chapter 52

  1. 31 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison.

    Never Give Up!

    It may look like you’ll die in your situation sometimes, but God has a plan. Although we don’t enjoy the endurance test and it’s easier said than done, trust in His plan; it’s always the right way.

    Romans 8:25 KJV
    But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it .

  2. 16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen.

    There is always something God can use. The mistake that the Babylonian Kings keep makin is that they leave a few of the men. God can use anyone at anytime to do his will. He raises up kingdoms and takes down kingdoms. He raises up people and he takes down people. As long as there is still an empty vessel somewhere God can fill it.

  3. iLove to eat the Word

    “The Temple Has Fallen”

    As I was reading this I kept kept thinking a few things. One was the unbelievable Words of Jeremiah must have kept coming back over and over in Judah’s minds. The Pride of the Jewish people was finally broken. Solomon’s Temple was finally destroyed and the invincibility that had rested in their mindset was gone.

    This was Judah and Benjamin that was destroyed by Babylon. The other 10 Tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel had already been taken captive several years before.

    I can only imagine that the children of Judah might have mocked Jeremiah and looked at their magnificent temple that Solomon had built and said in their hearts, “Our God will save us. We are Judah, our praise will once again deliver us.” But, this time it didn’t because obedience is better than sacrifice.

    The danger of backsliding is always hidden through pride in the heritage of our Apostolic backgrounds. We serve the one and true God, our praise has always delivered us before right? We are the temple of the Holy Ghost right? I’m invincible right? NO. No one is exempt from backsliding.

    So, what is our gauge to measure our level to make sure we will never be destroyed, plundered, and blinded by the enemy? It’s called OBEDIENCE.

    If pastor asks us to do something and we do not obey, that is our warning that Babylon is on the way. Yes we are the “Temple” yes we are “Judah” but with the lack of obedience we will not be able to stand.

    On the flip side, if we are obedient, God will always deliver us no matter who or what comes our way.

  4. No Longer a Threat

    31 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison.

    32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon,

    33 And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life.

    34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.

    Why do you think that a man with a name as Evilmerodach found to be so kind to Jehoiachin King of Judah? There are two ways to look upon it: one, God give favor to King Jehoiachin and two, the Evilmerodach has submitted him so that no longer sees him as a threat.
    In today’s age, I see that a lot; people have become so tolerant, so compromised, that they don’t look or act any different than the enemy. They have accommodated the world in their lives so well that the world no longer find them offensive, or threatening to their way of life. Where did we leave our principles, our values, and our believes? Are we so scared to offend the people around us that we prefer to let them go stray than to lead them to the Truth? Or is it just “too complicated”? Matt 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

    25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

    26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

    27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

    ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH IN YOUR FAITH AND DOCTRINE TO STAND ON THE ROCK? or will you crumble in the sand and compromise your Faith? The time of decision it is now, FOR TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.

  5. Disobedience will not only hurt you, but those around you. We see here that when the king disobeyed ,his family payed the price. We must remember that when we do this we hurt those around us. More time than not,it will be those that we do not want to hurt at all. What would we change in our day, if we kept that thought in our minds? Would we make sure to do as much as we can right? Thank you Jesus that we serve a forgiving God.

  6. Then they gouged out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon. Zedekiah remained there in prison until the day of his death. (Jeremiah 52:11 NLT)

    Disobedience will cause you to lose your vision, bind you and kill you. This chapter has encouraged me to search my life for any disobedience or sin that would cause me to lose the vision. Lord, let your perfect will be done.

  7. thank you jesus to catch me when I fall were lucky we gotta a god that forgives us immediately after weve done something wrong lord and I thank you your amazingly wonderful and yess dissobidience can hurt you and those around you loved ones and more that’s why when the lord prepared something for us to do we gotta give it our all and keep our head up high nomatter what trys to come our way.
    TYJ!! I lalala you:)

  8. 3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    There are many things that befall someone who is cast out from the presence of the Lord. Such a sad place to be. It is sin that separate us from God. Many people get caught up in the fact that sin is pleasurable, but only for a season. The reality is the wages of sin is death, just like the Word declares. No matter how pleasurable for the moment, the end will bring about death. Is it really worth it? To be separated from God for all eternity, so that the flesh can enjoy those things? Lord, help me to control my flesh and make choices that please the spirit man, rather than the fleshly man.

  9. The Power of Choice

    Jeremiah 52:10-11
    And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes:he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

    2 Kings 24:19
    But Zedekiah did what was evil in the L ord ’s sight, just as Jehoiakim had done.

    King Zedekiah was promoted to a position of prominence, and authority. He had his name changed from Mattaniah which means gift of Jehovah, to Zedekiah meaning Jehovah is righteous, and royalty was thrust upon him.

    However he used the position for his own advantages, and rebelled against the king of babylon. Worst of all he did that which was evil in the Lord’s sight. The man named “Jehovah is righteous” displayed unrighteousness. Tainting his testimony the judgement of God came upon him. There is a lesson to be learned from disobedience, rebellion, unrighteousness, and wicked living. It’s our choice. Yet if we choose this path we face the same things the king faced.

    1. His sons died – wicked living destroys fruit of our labor, and evicerates our progeny.

    2. His eyes were removed – Zedekiah lost his vision. Wicked living causes loss if spiritual sight.

    3. Bound in chains – bondage a of sin, and addiction pull us down. We can’t move, or praise.

    4. Carried to Babylon – our decisions draw us down into wordiness, idolatry, and false doctrine.

    5. In prison til death – in the prison there is no escape. Surrounded by bars, limited resources, and jailers.

    Bad actions make us subject to the enemy, his system, and finally death. The choice is ours: life and freedom, or death and prison.

  10. WHO ARE YOU FOLLOWING?

    1 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
    2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    LIFE is about choices. Daily Decisions Define Destiny.

    The greatest choice we make every day is the ONE to follow after and serve the LORD.

    Joshua presented the importance of the POWER of CHOICE.

    Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

    JESUS confirmed the Decision process has eternal importance.

    Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    The young King Zedekiah made a very bad CHOICE. He followed man and not GOD. We witness this all too often, somehow deception distorted his destiny. Variation cost him, his VISION. This is the common occurance for failing to recognize the LORD and his goodness, righteousness and law.

    Choose today to FOLLOW after the LORD and not a disobedient, rebellious, unthankful king.

    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

    I am thankful for a few days in the wilderness to appreciate the beauty of GOD’s Creative nature and hand. I am also thankful for HIS hand of protection and the comforts of HOME.

    Lets GO!!!!!!

    Impacting our Future Together

  11. Looking at what happened to Zedekiah, it shows another prime example that disobedience will lead you down a bad path that will lead to destruction.

  12. This chapter illustrates price. There was a price for their actions; “Thus Judah was carried away captive out of his own land”. There is a price for ones actions; “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  13. It may be tough now but just hold on and God will come through! During our darkest time God will always be there! He is never failing!

  14. If we follow the commandments of God, we can never go wrong. Problems happen when we try to add our own thing and then we mess up. Let God lead you and watch what happens.

  15. 7 Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king’s garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain.

    8 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.

    The men of war and the king fled the city leaving behind the rest of the citizens. After living a life contrary to God the king found himself and those around him in trouble. Not only was there another people outside of their walls attacking them but the city became overcome with famine on the inside. After two years the city breaks and he and his warriors flee, abandoning those that trusted and followed him. We are always being watched and the decisions we make effect more than ourselves. The king here chose to live doing evil in the sight of The Lord, the consequences were disastrous. When I read this I couldn’t help but think of life before Christ. Before turning my life over to Christ there was a spiritual famine inside me, there was always an enemy attacking me, trying to destroy me, and there was no covering of The Lord. There really is only two options when you are outside of God and the famine and attacks finally become too much: you either break and repent, turning life over to God or you break and try to run only to be subdued by the enemy. How glorious it is when we choose to live life for Jesus!

    33 And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life.

    No man can set us free but God can! And He has provided us with daily bread, we just have to pick it up and eat. Thank you Jesus for the bread of life! Eat this book.

  16. 11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

    Guard your eyes. Don’t allow sin and disobedience cause the enemy to have power to take away the vision of God for your life.

  17. The High Price Of Doing It Right

    1 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

    2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.

    5 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

    When I first read v1, I thought “wow, by 21 this guy was a king, talk about achievement…” Yet quickly following is the statement that it only lasted until he was about 32. I didn’t remember the story of Zedekiah offhand so I was curious what caused his demise. Was he a good king that met political overthrow? Disease? Death in battle? Was he a bad king that met judgement? Was it simply that “he died” with no explanation? He died at 32, the same as we estimate of Christ, is there a connection?

    V2 again brings a quick answer: “he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord.”

    His story is a sad one. King by age 21, besieged by 30, overthrown by 32; 11 years that displeased the Lord. At first glance you look at Zedekiah, king by 21, and ask “well what have *I* done with my life?” You hear of others, like Steve Jobs who started Apple as he set up shop in a garage at age 20, or Donna Elizabeth de Varona who won a gold medal in a relay swimming event the 1960 Olympics at the age of 13, or Michael Kearney who earned an Associate’s in Geology at 8 and a Bachelor’s by 10 and you can feel like your life pales in comparison. But does it?

    Sure being king by 21 sounds great, but was that life one pleasing to God? Being focused on worldly achievements and not God’s plan can steer us off course. Likewise, trying to view “success” by worldly standards while following after God can be discouraging. None of us are perfect and can say we never made wrong choices or caused setbacks for ourselves, but a heart after God that seeks God despite faults and failures has a way of getting back on course. God can redeem where it is utterly impossible for man.

    And that holds true whether we make a mistake or not. Sometimes following God and “doing it right” costs us dearly in the eyes of the world. Doing it right can cost us achievement, approval, fame, accolades, promotion, opportunities, awards, even finances, goods, luxuries, friends, family… the list goes on. It’s the high price of doing it right.

    But the thing about it is that in the end, the only true riches lie in doing it right.

    Matthew 6:19-21
    19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    1 Corinthians 7:29-31
    29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

    1 Corinthians 7:31 NLT
    Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.

    Matthew 16:24-26
    24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

    The high cost of doing it right is the way of eternal life if we will deny ourself, take up our cross and follow Jesus. Jesus paid the highest cost on the cross, and so will we find high costs associated with taking up our cross, yet no cost will ever be greater than what Jesus paid for us. We can’t out-give Him, so we can be certain His path will be sure and no sacrifice/loss can defeat the resurrection and life He made available. Death is swallowed up in victory; with Jesus, we win.

  18. Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

    2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    Obedience is an act of faith; disobedience is the result of unbelief. We need to examine our hearts and make sure our focus is right where it need to be. We will never be rewarded for disobedience It always worth to follow the plan of GOD. #waitonthelord.

  19. 1 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

    2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    Our God is slow to anger and great in mercy but there is a limit were enough is enough. Time after time, warning after warning and the people will not hearken. Here we see another tragic example of thr wage of disobedience and rebellion, the wage of sin, death. It took Noah so many years to finish the ark but they wouldn’t listen to the warnings. God will not destroy without first sending His Word and and opportunity for repentance. Just like everyone will have an opportunity to hear this gospel then the end will come. It’s time to hearken to the voice of God analyze ourselves to see if there is any rebellion in our life that God may not cast us out of His presence. Let us hear and obey the Word of the Lord

  20. 11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

    You will always lose your vision before the imprisonment.

  21. Keeping His Word

    Jeremiah 52 is a historical appendix to the book of Jeremiah and essentially repeats 2 Kings 24:18-25:30. Information that his not included in 2 Kings is given here in Jeremiah 40-43. Some think this final chapter was added to Jeremiah’s writtings, but this possibility does not discredit Jeremiah’s authorship of the major portion of the book (Jer 1:1; 52:64). The appendix reveals that Jerusalem’s destruction and the Babylonian captivity did take place as Jeremiah had faithfully prophesied. Knowing that God keeps and fulfills His Word can encourage us to hold on to His truths and promises, especially when we face opposition and doubts. God says, “My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa 55:11). As His children it’s our responsibility to be like-Him (walk like Him, talk like Him) , Christ-like ..Christians and keep our word like He does.

  22. Verse 2 CEV “Zedekiah disobeyed the Lord, just as Jehoiakim had done,” Verses 9-11 CEV “Zedekiah was taken to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where Nebuchadnezzar put him on trial and found him guilty. Zedekiah’s sons and the officials of Judah were killed while he watched, then his eyes were poked out. He was put in chains, then dragged off to Babylon and kept in prison until he died.” Disobedience doesn’t just effect you! Your obedience could be key to someone else’s decision to do the same.

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