Zedekiah¹

Last king of Judah

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Zedekiah¹

Zedekiah was the last king of Judah. He was “one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem”. Nephi recorded that it was during the first year of Zedekiah’s rule that Lehi was called to warn the people of Jerusalem about the impending judgments of God about to befall them. Zedekiah’s tenure ended with the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem in 587 BC. “And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death”. The implication is that all the sons of Zedekiah perished in this way; however, the Book of Mormon explains that Zedekiah’s youngest son, Mulek, survived the ordeal and was guided by the Lord to the Promised Land, where he established a colony and founded a new nation. Mormon described the geographical orientation. “Now the land south was called Lehi and the land north was called Mulek, which was after the son of Zedekiah; for the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north, and Lehi into the land south”. When the Nephite leader Mosiah I was commanded of the Lord to flee from the land south. Thereafter the Mulekites and the Nephites were united into one nation.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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