17:15 Egypt. Although the Old Testament histories do not mention Zedekiah’s appeal to Egypt for help, Jeremiah does mention it (Jer. 37:5–11; 44:30). One of the Lachish letters, written on broken pottery in the last days of the kingdom of Judah, reports that a commander of the army went down to Egypt, perhaps to ask for help. See 16:26; 29:6, 7; 30:20–26.