Read:  Jeremiah 50:41-46 & Jeremiah 51

“Jeremiah also brings a brief judgment against Elam, a province in the south of modern Iran, on the eastern edge of Babylonia.  Although Elam and Babylonia have been bitter enemies over the centuries, it is probable that Elam is at this time a part of Nebuchadnezzar’s empire and an ally against Judah.”

Read:  Jeremiah 49:34-39

“The following account seems to suggest that Zedekiah has a remnant of moral consciousness, at least for a time.  For whatever reasons — perhaps sincere, perhaps only practical, perhaps even political — Zedekiah orders his people to free all their Hebrew slaves.  The law given to Moses sets strict limitations on when fellow Hebrews can be enslaved, and requires their release at the end of seven years.  Zedekiah’s order is obeyed at first, but, when the people renege, Jeremiah rebukes their sin.”

Read:  Jeremiah 34:8-22

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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