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48.17–49.13 : Rulers and prophets in the kingdom of Judah.

49.1–10 : Josiah

(vv. 1–3 ), Jeremiah (vv. 4–7 ), Ezekiel (v. 8 ), Job (v. 9 ), and the Twelve Prophets (v. 10 ).

2–3 :

2 Kings 23.3, 25 .

4 :

All of them were great sinners, the narratives of the kings in 1–2 Kings customarily included an evaluation (e.g., 2 Kings 12.2–3; 13.6 ). Only David, Hezekiah, and Josiah receive complete approbation.

5–7 :

2 Chr 36.17–19; Jer 1.5–10; 39.8 .

8 :

Ezek 1.3–15; 13.11; 38.9,16,22 .

9 :

Ezek 14.14–20 .

10 :

The Twelve Prophets probably constituted a corpus of writings by the time of Ben Sira; bones, see 46.12n.

49.11–13 : Leaders of the restoration:

Zerubbabel (v. 11 ), Jeshua (v. 12 ), and Nehemiah (v. 13 ). Ezra is notably absent.

11 :

Zerubbabel, Ezra 3.2; like a signet ring, Hag 2.23 .

12 :

Jeshua, Ezra 3.2; Hag 1.12; 2.2; Zech 3.1 .

13 :

Nehemiah … raised our fallen walls, Neh 7.1 .

49.14–16 : Conclusion of the historical review.

The mention of Enoch (see 44.16 ) and Joseph along with Shem, Seth, and Enosh leads back to Adam.

14 :

Taken up, Gen 5.24; Wis 4.10–14; Heb 11.5 .

15 :

Even his bones, Gen 50.25–26 .

16 :

Gen 5.3,32 .

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