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2 Kings 24

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 1 During Jehoiakim's reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years; then he turned and rebelled against him.

 2 And the LORD sent bands of Chaldees, Syrians, Moabites, and of Ammonites against Jehoiakim. He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD, which he had spoken through his servants the prophets.

 3 Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the LORD, to remove them out of his sight for all the sins that Manasseh had done,

 4 And also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the LORD would not pardon.

 5 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, all that he did, are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.

 6 So Jehoiakim slept with his forefathers. And Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.

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

 8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem for three months. His mother's name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.

 9 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, like all his forefather had done.

 10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.

 11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city while his servants besieged it.

 12 Then Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, his mother, his servants, his princes, and his officials. And the king of Babylon took them prisoner in the eighth year of his reign.

 13 And as the LORD had declared, he carried off all the treasures of the temple of the LORD and of the king's palace, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold in the temple of the LORD, which Solomon king of Israel had made.

 14 Also he carried away all Jerusalem, all the princes, all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths. None remained expect the poorest people of the land.

 15 So he carried Jehoiachin away to Babylon. Also the king's mother, his wives, his officials, and the leading men of the land [including Ezekiel] were carried into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.

 16 The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon all seven thousand of the men of might, and a thousand craftsmen and smiths, all who were strong and fit for war.

 17 Then the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.

 18 Zedekiah was twenty one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

 19 He also did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

 20 Because of the anger of the LORD, all this came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah. And He finally cast them out from his presence. Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.


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