During his reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him.
The Lord sent Chaldean, Aramean, Moabite, and Ammonite raiders against Jehoiakim. He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord He had spoken through His servants the prophets.
This happened to Judah only at the Lord's command to remove them from His sight. It was because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all he had done,
and also because of all the innocent blood he had shed. He had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord would not forgive.
The rest of the events of Jehoiakim's [reign], along with all his accomplishments, are written about in the Historical Record of Judah's Kings.
Jehoiakim rested with his fathers, and his son Jehoiachin became king in his place.a7
Now the king of Egypt did not march out of his land again, for the king of Babylon took everything that belonged to the king of Egypt, from the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River.b
Jehoiachinc was 18 years old when he became king; he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan; [she was] from Jerusalem.
He did what was evil in the Lord's sight as his father had done.d
At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched up to Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to the city while his servants were besieging it.