Then the LORD sent bands of Babylonian, a Aramean, Moabite, and Ammonite raiders against Judah to destroy it, just as the LORD had promised through his prophets.
These disasters happened to Judah according to the LORD's command. He had decided to remove Judah from his presence because of the many sins of Manasseh.
He had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD would not forgive this.
The rest of the events in Jehoiakim's reign and all his deeds are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.
When Jehoiakim died, his son Jehoiachin became the next king.
The king of Egypt never returned after that, for the king of Babylon occupied the entire area formerly claimed by Egypt -- from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River.
Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan from Jerusalem.
Jehoiachin did what was evil in the LORD's sight, just as his father had done.
During Jehoiachin's reign, the officers of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came up against Jerusalem and besieged it.
Nebuchadnezzar himself arrived at the city during the siege.
Then King Jehoiachin, along with his advisers, nobles, and officials, and the queen mother, surrendered to the Babylonians.In the eighth year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, he took Jehoiachin prisoner.
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