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"BEHOLD MY SERVANT JEHOIACHIN"

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King Jehoiachin's life resembles that implied of Isaiah's Servant, so often a term for the king. He grew up as Crown Prince in Jerusalem, "before Yahweh as a tender plant". It was not he who broke the vassal-treaty: "he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth". In 597 he was arrested, sentenced and deported: "from oppression and judgement he was taken away". He was almost certainly flogged: "he was wounded . . . by his stripes". Jeremiah despised him: "he was despised and we esteemed him not". He spent 37 years in a Babylonian prison: "cut off from the land of the living . . . [Nebuchadnezzar] appointed his grave with the wicked". He was elevated in 561 by Amel-Marduk, and promoted over other kings: "My servant shall be exalted. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him". This news caused amazement in Jerusalem: "Who hath believed that which we have heard?"

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2016-12-10

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