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.
The LORD sent Babylonian,a4 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.83
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,
including the shedding of innocent blood.12 For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD was not willing to forgive.135
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?
Jehoiakim rested15 with his fathers. And Jehoiachin16 his son succeeded him as king.
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.
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.
He did evil21 in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father had done.
At that time the officers of Nebuchadnezzar22 king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem and laid siege to it,
and Nebuchadnezzar himself came up to the city while his officers were besieging it.