Jehoahaza was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.
The king of Egypt dethroned him in Jerusalem and imposed on Judah a levy of a hundred talentsb of silver and a talentc of gold.
The king of Egypt made Eliakim, a brother of Jehoahaz, king over Judah and Jerusalem and changed Eliakim's name to Jehoiakim. But Neco2 took Eliakim's brother Jehoahaz and carried him off to Egypt.3
Jehoiakim4 was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD his God.
Nebuchadnezzar5 king of Babylon attacked him and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.67
Nebuchadnezzar also took to Babylon articles from the temple of the LORD and put them in his templed there.78
The other events of Jehoiakim's reign, the detestable things he did and all that was found against him, are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin his son succeeded him as king.
Jehoiachin8 was eighteene years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD.
In the spring, King Nebuchadnezzar sent for him and brought him to Babylon,9 together with articles of value from the temple of the LORD, and he made Jehoiachin's uncle,f Zedekiah, king over Judah and Jerusalem.
Zedekiah10 was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years.
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD11 his God and did not humble12 himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD.
He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath13 in God's name. He became stiff-necked14 and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD, the God of Israel.
Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful,15 following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the LORD, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.
The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers16 again and again,17 because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed18 at his prophets until the wrath19 of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.2017
He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,g21 who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man22 nor young woman, old man or aged.23 God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar.2418
He carried to Babylon all the articles25 from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the LORD's temple and the treasures of the king and his officials.
They set fire26 to God's temple27 and broke down the wall28 of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed29 everything of value there.3020
He carried into exile31 to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants32 to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power.
The land enjoyed its sabbath rests;33 all the time of its desolation it rested,34 until the seventy years35 were completed in fulfillment of the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah.
In the first year of Cyrus36 king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing:
"This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: " 'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed37 me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you--may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.' "