At that time the officers of Nebuchadnezzar1 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.
Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his attendants, his nobles and his officials all surrendered2 to him. In the eighth year of the reign of the king of Babylon, he took Jehoiachin prisoner.
As the LORD had declared,3 Nebuchadnezzar removed the treasures4 from the temple of the LORD and from the royal palace, and cut up the gold articles5 that Solomon6 king of Israel had made for the temple of the LORD.
He carried all Jerusalem into exile:7 all the officers and fighting men,8 and all the skilled workers and artisans--a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest9 people of the land were left.
Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin10 captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king's mother,11 his wives, his officials and the prominent people12 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 skilled workers and artisans.1317
He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.14
Zedekiah15 was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother's name was Hamutal16 daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah.
He did evil17 in the eyes of the LORD, just as Jehoiakim had done.