But of Jerusalem, who can speak? For you know yourselves how that Jerusalem was taken
away captive in the days of Zedikiah, king of Judah.
Summary: Zedikiah was the last king of Judah before the siege and fall of Jerusalem
(c. 586 BCE). Yeshua mentioned Zedikiah and the fall of Jerusalem in response to
a scribe who publicly condemned him for associating with harlots and sinners. Yeshua
renounced the hypocrisy of scribes and Pharisees, stating that Jerusalem was taken
captive not because of harlots, but because of “hypocrites who saw not the sin of
their own ways” (Y:25:67-74).
67. So spoke the Master in the synagogue, and there spoke unto the people a scribe
68. “Well have I heard of this Yeshua, for he has taken unto himself all manner of
sinners; evensomuch that the very harlots of Jerusalem would go following after him.”
69. But Yeshua rebuked him, saying: “I tell you that in the last day shall there
ascend unto God a multitude of harlots and sinners from Jerusalem, being justified
by a great many tears.
70. But of Jerusalem, who can speak? For you know yourselves how that Jerusalem was
taken away captive in the days of Zedikiah, king of Judah.
71. For whose sake then were your fathers taken bound unto Babylon, for harlots or
72. I tell you truly that Jerusalem was brought low not by harlots, but rather by
hypocrites who saw not the sin of their own ways.
73. Whosoever has ears to hear, let them hear: Beware the righteousness of scribes
and Pharisees who, like peacocks, strut and flutter all about but cannot fly.
74. You are the cup and I am the wine, fill you up to full measure the cup within
and you shall have joy indeed; for you labor amiss whose labors bring forth neither
joy nor happiness.”