During Jehoiakim's reign, Nebuchadnezzar1 king of Babylon invaded2 the land, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. But then he changed his mind and rebelled3 against Nebuchadnezzar.
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The LORD sent Babylonian,4 Aramean,5 Moabite and Ammonite raiders6 against him. He sent them to destroy7 Judah, in accordance with the word of the LORD proclaimed by his servants the prophets.8
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Surely these things happened to Judah according to the LORD's command,9 in order to remove them from his presence10 because of the sins of Manasseh11 and all he had done,
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including the shedding of innocent blood.12 For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD was not willing to forgive.13
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As for the other events of Jehoiakim's reign,14 and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
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Jehoiakim rested15 with his fathers. And Jehoiachin16 his son succeeded him as king.
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The king of Egypt17 did not march out from his own country again, because the king of Babylon18 had taken all his territory, from the Wadi of Egypt to the Euphrates River.
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Jehoiachin19 was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother's name was Nehushta20 daughter of Elnathan; she was from Jerusalem.
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He did evil21 in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father had done.
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At that time the officers of Nebuchadnezzar22 king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem and laid siege to it,
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and Nebuchadnezzar himself came up to the city while his officers were besieging it.
Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his attendants, his nobles and his officials all surrendered23 to him. In the eighth year of the reign of the king of Babylon, he took Jehoiachin prisoner.
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As the LORD had declared,24 Nebuchadnezzar removed all the treasures25 from the temple of the LORD and from the royal palace, and took away all the gold articles26 that Solomon27 king of Israel had made for the temple of the LORD.
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He carried into exile28 all Jerusalem: all the officers and fighting men,29 and all the craftsmen and artisans--a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest30 people of the land were left.
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Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin31 captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king's mother,32 his wives, his officials and the leading men33 of the land.
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The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand craftsmen and artisans.34
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He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.35
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Zedekiah36 was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother's name was Hamutal37 daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah.
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He did evil38 in the eyes of the LORD, just as Jehoiakim had done.
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It was because of the LORD's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust39 them from his presence.40 Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
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