Answering The Atheist
August 29, 2004 / Volume 4, Issue 35
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Did Zedekiahís eyes behold the king of Babylon? Jeremiah 34:3 says he would, but 2 Kings 25:7 says that he didnít. Is there a contradiction?
It is evident that the questioner was not honestly reading the Bible and compiling supposed contradictions when he put this one together.
Speaking prophetically, Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "Thus says the LORD, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire. And you shall not escape from his hand, but shall surely be taken and delivered into his hand; your eyes shall see the eyes of the king of Babylon, he shall speak with you face to face, and you shall go to Babylon." (Jeremiah 34:2-3).
Speaking historically, the writer of 2 Kings records, "So they took the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and they pronounced judgment on him. Then they killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiah, bound him with bronze fetters, and took him to Babylon." (2 Kings 25:6-7). The questioner conveniently failed to look at verse 6, or, chose to dishonestly avoid it, in hopes that his readers would only look at the verses listed. Shame!!
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible