24:20 Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. Despite being a vassal appointed by Nebuchadnezzar, Zedekiah plotted with Egypt and other nations against the Babylonians (Jer. 27:3–8; Ezek. 17:11–21). Zedekiah’s ill-fated decision to rebel against Babylon may have been encouraged by Pharaoh Hophra (Apries), who came to power in 589 b.c.