11And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
11 Verse 11. Josias begat Jechonias, &c.] There are three
considerable difficulties in this verse.
1. Josias was not the father of Jechonias; he was only the
grandfather of that prince: 1Ch 3:14-16.
2. Jechonias had no brethren; at least, none are on record.
3. Josias died 20 years before the Babylonish captivity took
place, and therefore Jechonias and his brethren could not have
been begotten about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
To this way be added a fourth difficulty, viz. there are only
thirteen in this 2nd class of generations; or forty-one, instead
of forty-two, in the whole. But all these difficulties disappear,
by adopting a reading found in many MSS. ιοωσιαςδεεγεννησετος
ιωακειμ� ιωακειμδεεγεννησετονιεχονιαν. And Josias begat
JEHOIAKIM, or Joakim, and JOAKIM begat Jechonias. For this
reading, see the authorities in Griesbach. Josiah was the
immediate father of Jehoiakim (called also Eliakeim and Joakim)
and his brethren, who were Johanan, Zedekiah, and Shallum: see
Joakim was the father of Joachin or Jechonias, about the time of
the first Babylonish captivity: for we may reckon three Babylonish
captivities. The first happened in the fourth year of Joakim, son
of Josiah, about A. M. 3398. In this year, Nebuchadnezzar, having
taken Jerusalem, led a great number of captives to Babylon. The
second captivity happened under Jechoniah, son of Joakim; who,
having reigned three months, was taken prisoner in 3405, and was
carried to Babylon, with a great number of the Jewish nobility.
The third captivity took place under Zedekiah, A. M. 3416. And
thus, says Calmet, Mt 1:11 should be read:
Josias begat Joakim and his brethren: and Joakim begat Jechonias
about the time of the first Babylonish captivity; and Jechonias
begat Salathiel, after they were brought to Babylon. Thus, with
the necessary addition of Joakim, the three classes, each
containing fourteen generations, are complete. And to make this
the more evident, I shall set down each of these three generations
in a separate column, with the additional Joakim, that the reader
may have them all at one view.