AND TOOK SEATS: To give judgment: cp Rth 4:1,2; 2Sa
Jeremiah had prophesied that Zedekiah would actually see the
king of Babylon, and speak with him face to face, and that he would go to
Babylon (Jer 32:4,5) -- whereas Ezekiel had prophesied that, even though
Zedekiah would go to Babylon, he would NOT see it (Eze 12:13)! These two
prophecies seem ALMOST contradictory, until it is understood that they were
fulfilled in just this precise manner: (1) First, Zedekiah saw the KING of
Babylon, then (2) his eyes were put out, and finally (3) he was taken to the
CITY of Babylon, which he would NOT see. Gill calls this "a full proof of the
prescience of God; of his foreknowledge of future and contingent events; of the
truth and certainty of prophecy, and of the authority of divine
Vv 15-18: God promised freedom and leniency for Ebed-melech,
and he received it.
"When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his
enemies live at peace with him" (Pro 16:7).