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Jehoiakim Rebels Against Nebuchadnezzar

1In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years, but then he turned and rebelled against him.
  2And Yahweh sent against him raiding bands of the Chaldeans and raiding bands of the Syrians and raiding bands of the Moabites and raiding bands of the children of Ammon; and he sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of Yahweh that he spoke by his servants the prophets.
  3Surely at the commandment of Yahweh this came upon Judah in order to remove them out of his sight because of the sins of Manasseh, in accordance with all that he had done,
  4and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and Yahweh was not willing to forgive.

5Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah?
  6So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers, and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.

7The king of Egypt did not come again out of his land to war, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the Brook of Egypt to the river Euphrates.

Jehoiachin Reigns in Judah

8Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he began to reign and he reigned in Jerusalem for three months, and his mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
  9He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh, just like all the evil that his fathers had done.

Jerusalem Captured

10At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up to Jerusalem and the city came under siege.
  11And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the city while his servants were besieging it,
  12and Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out in surrender to the king of Babylon, he and his mother and his servants and his leaders and his officers. And the king of Babylon took him captive in the eighth year of hisa reign.
  13And he carried out from there all the treasures of the house of Yahweh and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold in Yahweh’s temple that Solomon king of Israel had made, as Yahweh had said would happen.
  14He exiled all Jerusalem and all the officials and all the mighty men of valor, 10,000 captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths; no one remained except the poorest of the people of the land.

15He exiled Jehoiachin to Babylon. And the king’s mother and the king’s wives and his officers, and the chief men of the land he took into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
  16All the men of valor, 7,000, and the craftsmen and the smiths, 1,000, all of them strong and apt for war; the king of Babylon brought them captive to Babylon.
  17The king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah.

Zedekiah Reigns in Judah

18Zedekiah was 21 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 11 years in Jerusalem, and his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
  19He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh, just like all the evil that his fathers had done.
  20For because of the anger of Yahweh against Jerusalem and against Judah it came to the point that he cast them out from his presence. And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

It is the eighth year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign

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