S E C O N D K I N G S
Things are here ripening for, and hastening
towards, the utter destruction of Jerusalem. We left Jehoiakim on
the throne, placed there by the king of Egypt: now here we have, I.
The troubles of his reign, how he was brought into subjection by
the king of Babylon, and severely chastised for attempting to shake
off the yoke (ver. 1-6),
and how Egypt also was conquered by Nebuchadnezzar, ver. 7. II. The desolations of his
son's reign, which continued but three months; and then he and all
his great men, being forced to surrender at discretion, were
carried captives to Babylon, ver.
8-16. III. The preparatives of the next reign (which was
the last of all) for the utter ruin of Jerusalem, which the next
chapter will give us an account of, ver. 17-20.