Jehoiachin1 was eighteena 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,2 together with articles of value from the temple of the LORD, and he made Jehoiachin's uncle,b Zedekiah, king over Judah and Jerusalem.
Zedekiah3 was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years.
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD4 his God and did not humble5 himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD.
He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath6 in God's name. He became stiff-necked7 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,8 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 messengers9 again and again,10 because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed11 at his prophets until the wrath12 of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.1317
He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,c14 who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man15 nor young woman, old man or aged.16 God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar.1718
He carried to Babylon all the articles18 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 fire19 to God's temple20 and broke down the wall21 of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed22 everything of value there.23