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Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem; and he did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh. Bible

“eighteen.” The Masoretic Hebrew text, which is normally used for the translation of the Old Testament, reads “eight,” but in this instance, as in quite a few in the Old Testament, there was an obvious copyists error. The original reading of “eighteen” is preserved in 2 Kings 24:8, as well as in some of the other Hebrew manuscripts, and also in the Septuagint version. Thus, some modern translations read “eighteen” as the REV does (BBE; HCSB; Darby; ESV; NAB; NET; NIV; NLT). We saw no reason to preserve the reading in the Masoretic text when there was such weighty evidence that it was a scribal error and it caused a contradiction between the books of Kings and Chronicles. For another example of a scribal error involving numbers, see 1 Samuel 6:19, where the Masoretic text reads 50,070 people, when the actual reading was no doubt just 70 (see commentary on 1 Sam. 6:19).


Commentary for: 2 Chronicles 36:9