2 Kings 24 ©

Jehoiakim becomes king Nebuchadnezzar’s servant, but revolts from him, v. 1, etc. His land is plundered by the enemies, 2. He dies, and Jehoiachin his son becomes king in his stead, 6. Much land is taken away from the king of Egypt by the king of Babel, 7. Jehoiachin’s reign, 8. Jerusalem is besieged and spoiled by the Chaldeans, 10. Jehoiachin with many of the Jews is carried away captive to Babel, 14. Mattaniah, otherwise called Zedekiah, becomes king, and revolts from the king of Babel, 17.


IN 1hisa days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became 2his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him.


And the LORD sent against him 3bands of the 4Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, accordingb to the word of the LORD, which he spake 5by his servants 6the prophets.


Surely at the 7commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them 8out of his sight, for the 9sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did;


And also for the 10innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.


¶Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?


So Jehoiakim 11slept with his fathers: and 12Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.


13And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the 14river of Egypt unto the river 15Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt.


¶Jehoiachin was 16eighteen years old when he began 17to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem 18three months. And his mother's name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.


And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father had done.


¶At 19thatc time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city 20was besieged.


And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it.


And Jehoiachin the king of Judah 21went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon 22took him in the eighth year 23of his reign.


Andd24he carried out 25thence all the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house, and 26cut in pieces 27all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, 28as the LORD had said.


And he carried away 29all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the 30mighty men of valour, even 31ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and 32smiths: none remained, save the 33poorest sort of the people of the land.


Ande he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king's mother, and the king's wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.


And allf the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt 34for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.


¶And the kingg of Babylon made Mattaniah 35his father’s brother king in his stead, and 36changed his name to 37Zedekiah.


Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was 38Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.


And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that 39Jehoiakim had done.


40For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out 41from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.