Jeremiah 52 Jerusalem Falls And The People Go Into Exile.
Zedekiah rebelled against the LORD, and against the king of Babylon his servant (vv. 1-3). For two years Jerusalem was under siege, and finally it fell in 587, the final wave of captivity (vv. 4-7). Zedekiah was captured in the plains of Jericho and taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah. His sons were killed before his eyes, then his eyes were put out, and he died in prison (vv. 8-11). Nebuzaradan, the king’s captain, burned down the temple and the houses of all the great (vv. 12-13). The walls were also broken down, a small number of the poor were left as vinedressers and farmers (vv. 14-16), but the rest of the people were taken captive to Babylon (vv. 28-30). All the articles of bronze, silver, and gold were taken (vv. 17-23).
2 priests, 3 doorkeepers, a military officer, 7 close associates of the king, and the military scribe, and 60 other men were also taken to the king of Babylon, who put them to death (vv. 24-27). On the other hand, in 560 king Jehoiachin was brought out of prison and ate before the king until his death (vv. 31-34). “The final chapter of Jeremiah is an appendix describing the fall of Jerusalem and reminding the reader that Jeremiah’s prophecies were fulfilled. Despite its message of divine judgment for sin, the Book of Jeremiah ends (like 2 Kings) on a hopeful note by calling attention to the mercy shown to King Jehoiachin of Judah while in Babylonian exile (52:31-34; cf. 2 Kin. 25:27-30).” (NGSB. 1238)