New Defender's Study Bible Notes
37:2 hearken. Even after the fulfillment of all Jeremiah’s prophetic warnings, along with the death of Jehoiakim and deportation of Jeconiah, the puppet-king Zedekiah, along with all his servants, still rejected the words of God. Jeremiah continued to prophesy, and his persecutions and prophecies during this difficult period constitute Part III of his book (Jeremiah 37–39).
37:3 Zephaniah. See note on Jeremiah 29:25.
37:5 Pharaoh’s army. The Egyptians started an abortive invasion of southern Israel, which caused the Babylonians to lift the siege of Judah for a time. This was temporary, however, and the Babylonians soon returned.
37:17 king asked him secretly. Zedekiah somewhat wistfully still had some respect for his father’s God, but was still unwilling to believe His word.