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2 Kings 24 (English Standard Version)

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1 1In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. 2 And the LORD sent against him bands of the 2Chaldeans and 3bands of the Syrians and bands of the Moabites and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, 4according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by his servants the prophets. 3 Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the LORD, to remove them out of his sight, 5for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, 4 and also 6for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD would not pardon. 5 7Now the rest of the deeds of Jehoiakim and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 6 So Jehoiakim 8slept with his fathers, and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place. 7 9And the king of Egypt did not come again out of his land, 10for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt 11from the Brook of Egypt to the river Euphrates.

Jehoiachin Reigns in Judah

8 12Jehoiachin was 13eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem. 9 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, 14according to all that his father had done.

Jerusalem Captured

10 At that time the servants of 15Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up to Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. 11 And 16Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the city while his servants were besieging it, 12 17and Jehoiachin the king of Judah gave himself up to the king of Babylon, himself and his mother and his servants and his officials and his palace officials. 18The king of Babylon took him prisoner 19in the eighth year of his reign 13 and carried off all the treasures of the house of the LORD 20and the treasures of the king's house, 21and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold in the temple of the LORD, 22which Solomon king of Israel had made, 23as the LORD had foretold. 14 24He carried away all Jerusalem and all the officials and all the mighty men of valor, 25 10,000 captives, 26and all the craftsmen and the smiths. None remained, 27except the poorest people of the land. 15 28And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon. The king's mother, the king's wives, his officials, and the chief men of the land he took into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. 16 And the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon all the men of valor, 29 7,000, and the craftsmen and the metal workers, 1,000, all of them strong and fit for war. 17 30And the king of Babylon 31made Mattaniah, 32Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place, 33and changed his name to Zedekiah.

Zedekiah Reigns in Judah

18 34Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was 35Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 19 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, 36according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 20 For because of the anger of the LORD it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence. 37And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
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