The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent to him Pashur the son of Melchiah…
Of Galba the emperor, as also of our Richard III, it is recorded that they were bad men but good princes. We cannot say so much of Zedekiah. Two things he is chiefly charged with —
1. That he brake his oath and faith plighted to the King of Babylon (Ezekiel 17:16).
2. That he humbled not himself before Jeremiah, speaking from the mouth of the Lord. Hitherto he had not: but now in his distress he seeketh to this prophet; yea, sendeth an embassage. Kings care not for soldiers, said a great commander, till their crowns hang on the one side of their heads. Sure it is that some of them slight God's ministers till they cannot tell what to do without them.
Parallel VersesKJV: The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,