The following commentary covers Chapters 21, 22, and 23.
righteous answer to Zedekiah: the Shepherd after His own
On the occasion of
Zedekiah's request to Jeremiah to know if the Lord would
interfere in favour of the people against Nebuchadnezzar,
the Spirit of God has brought the testimonies together
that were given with respect to all the members of
David's family who presided, so to say, at the ruin of
JerusalemJehoahaz (chap. 22: 10), Jehoiakim (v.
13-19), Jeconiah (v. 20-30). The judgment of Zedekiah had
been pronounced (chap. 21); and after having declared, as
we have seen, that the door was always open to
repentance, and that blessing always attended a godly
walk (chap. 21: 12; 22: 1-5), judgment is again
pronounced, and a sentence from God upon the different
kings. Finally (chap. 23) the expression of Jehovah's
indignation against these evil pastors gives rise to the
declaration that He will raise up a Shepherd after His
own heart, namely, the true Son of David, the Messiah.
The just indignation and the judgment of God are
expressed in the strongest terms.