succeeded his father Jehoiakin (B.C. 599) when only eight years of age, and reigned for one hundred days (2 Chr. 36:9). He is also called Jeconiah (Jer. 24:1; 27:20, etc.), and Coniah (22:24; 37:1). He was succeeded by his uncle, Mattaniah = Zedekiah (q.v.). He was the last direct heir to the Jewish crown. He was carried captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, along with the flower of the nobility, all the leading men in Jerusalem, and a great body of the general population, some thirteen thousand in all (2 Kings 24:12-16; Jer. 52:28). After an imprisonment of thirty-seven years (Jer. 52:31, 33), he was liberated by Evil-merodach, and permitted to occupy a place in the king's household and sit at his table, receiving "every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life" (52:32-34).
Later on, a like judgment was pronounced upon Jehoiakim's son and successor jehoiachin.
Our second point is the application of this prophecy to jehoiachin.
Left to himself he would have done his best to make terms with Nebuchadnezzar, as Jehoiakim and jehoiachin had done before him.
King jehoiachin who was taken as a captive to Babylon is lamented in verses 5-9.
The prophet at the beginning of the chapter describes Nebuchadrezzar and jehoiachin in "a riddle."
jehoiachin, it is stated that he does; but Hippolytus' Comm.
Jeremiah indeed does not explicitly blame jehoiachin, does not specify his sins as he did those of his royal sire.
jehoiachin's character was by no means worthless; he had courage, energy, and patriotism.
He released jehoiachin from prison, and allowed him to live in the royal palace.
jehoiachin's friends felt towards Jeremiah somewhat as these thirteenth-century Ghibellines towards Clement.