|Biblical Personalities: Tzidkiyahu: Blinded By His Sight|
King Tzidkiyahu, the last king of Yehuda, died in captivity in Babylon on the 27th of Adar, 561B.C.E.
Who and what was this man?
I believe that the answer is in the following: Five were created with some features of unearthly excellence, and all were smitten with it: Samson in his strength, Saul in his neck, Absalom in his hair, Tzidkiya in his eyes, Asa in his feet (Sotah 10a). Tzidkiya was able to see at night but was blinded by Nebuchadnezar (Maharsha).
Tzidkiya saw differently than did others. He was able to see at night, even in the darkest times. He always saw in light, and therefore honored false prophets who promised good, and imprisoned Jeremiah who warned of devastation. He saw the good of God’s Justice, and saw hope for his descendants, despite his mistakes. He trusted the way he saw the world and refused to listen to Jeremiah’s warnings and directions.
He was the perfect King for Judah, at least in one respect, at the time of the destruction and the exile, for he always saw with hope and light. However, he was blinded by his own vision. He “saw” the name Tzidkiya as bringing merit to his descendants, and, despite his acceptance of Divine Justice, refused to see that his name could have an alternative effect. He saw as he did and was convinced that Jeremiah was dangerous.