In the spring, King Nebuchadnezzar sent for him and brought him to Babylon,1 together with articles of value from the temple of the LORD, and he made Jehoiachin's uncle,a Zedekiah, king over Judah and Jerusalem.
Zedekiah2 was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years.
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD 3 his God and did not humble4 himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD.
He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath5 in God's name. He became stiff-necked6 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,7 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 messengers8 again and again,9 because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed10 at his prophets until the wrath11 of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.1217
He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,b13 who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man14 nor young woman, old man or aged.15 God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar.1618
He carried to Babylon all the articles17 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 fire18 to God's temple19 and broke down the wall20 of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed21 everything of value there.2220
He carried into exile23 to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants24 to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power.