1 # Jer 25.1-38; Dan 1.1,2. In his days Nebuchadnez´zar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoi´akim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him. 2And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servants the prophets. 3Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manas´seh, according to all that he did; 4and also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon. 5Now the rest of the acts of Jehoi´akim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? 6So Jehoi´akim slept with his fathers: and Jehoi´achin his son reigned in his stead. 7And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the river Euphra´tes all that pertained to the king of Egypt.
Jehoiachin and the Nobles Taken Captive to Babylon
(2 Chronicles 36.9,10)
8Jehoi´achin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name was Nehush´ta, the daughter of Elna´than of Jerusalem. 9And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father had done.
10At that time the servants of Nebuchadnez´zar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. 11And Nebuchadnez´zar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it. 12#Jer 22.24-30; 24.1-10; 29.1,2. And Jehoi´achin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign. 13And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king's house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord, as the Lord had said. 14And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valor, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land. 15#Ezek 17.12. And he carried away Jehoi´achin to Babylon, and the king's mother, and the king's wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. 16And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon. 17#Jer 37.1; Ezek 17.13. And the king of Babylon made Mattani´ah his father's brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedeki´ah.
The Reign of Zedekiah
(2 Chronicles 36.11-16; Jeremiah 52.1-3)
18 # Jer 27.1-22; 28.1-17. Zedeki´ah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamu´tal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 19And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoi´akim had done. 20#Ezek 17.15. For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedeki´ah rebelled against the king of Babylon.