Harper’s Bible Dictionary
edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985)
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Zedekiah (Heb., Yahweh is righteousness). 1 The last king of Judah, who was placed on the throne as a puppet ruler by Nebuchadnezzar after his first conquest of Jerusalem in 597 b.c. (2 Kings 24:17). In spite of the repeated warnings and criticisms of the prophet Jeremiah, reported in the narratives of Jeremiah 37-39 and 52, Zedekiah rebelled against his Babylonian overlords (2 Kings 24:20). As the result, Jerusalem was recaptured and destroyed (586 b.c.) and a bereaved and maimed Zedekiah was taken in fetters to Babylon (2 Kings 25:6-7). 2 A priest of Nehemiahs time (Neh. 10:2). 3 Two nobles of Nehemiahs time (Jer. 36:12; 1 Chron. 3:16). 4 A false prophet opposed by Micaiah, son of Imlah (1 Kings 22:11, 24; 2 Chron. 18:10, 23). 5 A false prophet opposed by Jeremiah (Jer. 29:21-23).
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