New Defender's Study Bible Notes
39:5 overtook Zedekiah. Because of Zedekiah’s refusal to accept Jeremiah’s advice and his prophecies, the latter finally had their tragic fulfillment (Jeremiah 39:4-9). See footnote on Jeremiah 34:5.
39:7 Zedekiah’s eyes. Because Zedekiah rejected God’s word through Jeremiah, his sons and all his nobles were slain before his eyes (Jeremiah 39:6) and his city was burned (Jeremiah 39:8). Jeremiah, however, was allowed to stay with the “poor of the people” in the land (Jeremiah 39:10).
39:7 carry him to Babylon. The final remnant of Jewish reign over the promised land ended with Zedekiah’s deportation. This event, therefore, apparently marks the beginning of the “times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24), which have persisted until the present.
39:16 Ebed-melech the Ethiopian. Jeremiah 39:16-18 describes how God rewarded Ebed-melech for his intercession on behalf of Jeremiah (see Jeremiah 38:7-13).