• In what year of Zedekiah’s reign did Nephi begin his record?
The first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah.
• What did Nephi state was happening at this time in Jerusalem?
There were many prophets prophesying to the people that they must repent or the great city of Jerusalem will be destroyed.
That the Lord will give the city to the King of Babylon and will be burned with fire and that Zedekiah would be captured and brought to the King of Babylon.
Zedekiah became King after his wicked nephew. Zedekiah wanted to destroy the Babylonian’s. The Babylonians came against Jerusalem. King Nebuchadnezzar pulled the Babylonians away for a time but they soon came back to fight Jerusalem. Jeremiah’s enemies seized the opportunity to accuse him of joining the Chaldeans. They asked for his life, but Zedekiah secretly let him go. Zedekiah was met with a terrible fate. Jeremiah was released and lived in Jerusalem as a free man.
Zedekiah would not hearken to Jeremiah’s warnings. Zedekiah wanted to keep these warnings a secret. He did not want Jeremiah telling his people. Jeremiah went to prison. Zedekiah should of listened to Jeremiah’s warnings and in turn the Lord would have given him strength.