As the LORD had declared,1 Nebuchadnezzar removed all the treasures2 from the temple of the LORD and from the royal palace, and took away all the gold articles3 that Solomon4 king of Israel had made for the temple of the LORD.
He carried into exile5 all Jerusalem: all the officers and fighting men,6 and all the craftsmen and artisans--a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest7 people of the land were left.
Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin8 captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king's mother,9 his wives, his officials and the leading men10 of the land.
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.1117
He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.12
Zedekiah13 was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother's name was Hamutal14 daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah.
He did evil15 in the eyes of the LORD, just as Jehoiakim had done.