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The Reign and Dethronement of Jehoahaz
(2 Kings 23.31-35)
1Then the people of the land took Jeho´ahaz the son of Josi´ah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem. 2Jeho´ahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 3And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. 4#Jer 22.1112 And the king of Egypt made Eli´akim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoi´akim. And Necho took Jeho´ahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.
The Reign of Jehoiakim
(2 Kings 23.36—24.7)
5 # Jer 22.181926.1-635.1-19 Jehoi´akim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God. 6#Jer 25.1-3836.1-3245.1-5Dan 1.12 Against him came up Nebuchadnez´zar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon. 7Nebuchadnez´zar also carried of the vessels of the house of the Lord to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon. 8Now the rest of the acts of Jehoi´akim, and his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoi´achin his son reigned in his stead.
Jehoiachin Taken Captive to Babylon
(2 Kings 24.8-17)
9Jehoi´achin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. 10#Jer 22.24-3024.1-10Jer 29.12Ezek 17.12Jer 37.1Ezek 17.13 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnez´zar sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of the Lord, and made Zedeki´ah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.
The Reign of Zedekiah
(2 Kings 24.18-20; Jeremiah 52.1-3)
11 # Jer 27.1-2228.1-17 Zedeki´ah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the Lord. 13#Ezek 17.15 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnez´zar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the Lord God of Israel. 14Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
15And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 16but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
The Captivity of Judah
(2 Kings 25.8-21; Jeremiah 39.8-10; 52.12-30)
17 # Jer 21.1-1034.1-5 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 18And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 19#1 Kgs 9.8 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. 20And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: 21#Jer 25.11Jer 29.10 to fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
The Proclamation of Cyrus
(Ezra 1.1-4)
22Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 23#Isa 44.28 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.
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