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Zedekiah was a vessel of and not a truly appointed king of Judah. Yes, he was in the Davidic line but he was not the true Davidic king.

Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD. And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem. Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
(2Ch 36:9-11)

Mike, May I add another perspective to your comments regarding the fourteenth verse of Proverb 25? This observation which recently came to light this past year, is not to replace your statement,

“Make sure you give promised gifts. And how about giving unexpected gifts? Gifts for no particular reason? When is the last time you surprised someone with a gift out of the blue?”

If a gift, by definition and from a Biblical View is one given with grace (unmerited favor) through mercy, then giving a “gift” to curry favor, as a disguised bribe or possibly exhortation—kind of “priming-the-pump,” then you have been given the expectation of receiving refreshing rain by creating false clouds. Worse yet, when you are the one giving the invite only because you expect enough gifts to cover the expenses for the event, well this verse is speaking to you/me.


Nothing worse then getting an invitation requesting your presence but really expecting your presents.

Grace & Peace,

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