Nebuchadnezzar also took to Babylon articles from the temple of the LORD and put them in his templea there.18
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.
Jehoiachin2 was eighteenb 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,3 together with articles of value from the temple of the LORD, and he made Jehoiachin's uncle,c Zedekiah, king over Judah and Jerusalem.
Zedekiah4 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 5 his God and did not humble6 himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD.
He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath7 in God's name. He became stiff-necked8 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,9 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 messengers10 again and again,11 because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed12 at his prophets until the wrath13 of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.1417
He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,d15 who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man16 nor young woman, old man or aged.17 God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar.18