Three kings are mentioned in this chapter: Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Mattaniah (Zedekiah). Assyria, at this time, was no longer the mighty power, but now Babylon was. As Judah looked upon Egypt to be of assistance, Babylon took away their ability to be of any assistance. All three Kings were subservient to Babylon.
Application: 24:3 rings out loud when I give thought to our own nation. We slaughter the innocent (abortion) and call it choice. We authorize civil union and homosexual marriages and call it tolerance and a civil right. We have lost our moral compass and call it progressive. While we forget from where we came, the Lord remembers.