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2 Kings 24:1–25:30

Judah Overrun by Enemies

24 In ahis days Nebuchadnezzar king of bBabylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. cAnd the Lord sent against him raiding 1bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, daccording to the word of the Lord which He had spoken by His servants the prophets. Surely at the commandment of the Lord this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight ebecause of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, fand also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he had 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? gSo Jehoiakim rested with his fathers. Then Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.

And hthe king of Egypt did not come out of his land anymore, for ithe king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the Brook of Egypt to the River Euphrates.

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin

jJehoiachin 2was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father had done.

10 kAt that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city 3was besieged. 11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, as his servants were besieging it. 12 lThen Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his servants, his princes, and his officers went out to the king of Babylon; and the king of Babylon, min the eighth year of his reign, took him prisoner.

The Captivity of Jerusalem

13 nAnd he carried out from there all the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house, and he ocut in pieces all the articles of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord, pas the Lord had said. 14 Also qhe carried into captivity all Jerusalem: all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, rten thousand captives, and sall the craftsmen and smiths. None remained except tthe poorest people of the land. 15 And uhe carried Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. The king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officers, and the mighty of the land he carried into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. 16 vAll the valiant men, seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths, one thousand, all who were strong and fit for war, these the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.

Zedekiah Reigns in Judah

17 Then wthe king of Babylon made Mattaniah, xJehoiachin’s 4uncle, king in his place, and ychanged his name to Zedekiah.

18 zZedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was aHamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 19 bHe also did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 20 For because of the anger of the Lord this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, that He finally cast them out from His presence. cThen Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

The Fall and Captivity of Judah

25 Now it came to pass ain the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem and encamped against it; and they built a siege wall against it all around. So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. By the ninth day of the bfourth month the famine had become so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.

Then cthe city wall was broken through, and all the men of war fled at night by way of the gate between two walls, which was by the king’s garden, even though the Chaldeans were still encamped all around against the city. And dthe king 1went by way of the 2plain. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king, and they overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his army was scattered from him. So they took the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon eat Riblah, and they pronounced judgment on him. Then they killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, fput 3out the eyes of Zedekiah, bound him with bronze fetters, and took him to Babylon.

And in the fifth month, gon the seventh day of the month (which was hthe nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), iNebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. jHe burned the house of the Lord kand the king’s house; all the houses of Jerusalem, that is, all the houses of the great, lhe burned with fire. 10 And all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard mbroke down the walls of Jerusalem all around.

11 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive nthe rest of the

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2 Chronicles 36:1–23

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoahaz

36 Then athe people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father’s place in Jerusalem. 1Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. Now the king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem; and he imposed on the land a tribute of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. Then the king of Egypt made 2Jehoahaz’s brother Eliakim king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took 3Jehoahaz his brother and carried him off to Egypt.

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoiakim

bJehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did cevil in the sight of the Lord his God. dNebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him, and bound him in 4bronze fetters to ecarry him off to Babylon. fNebuchadnezzar also carried off some of the articles from the house of the Lord to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon. Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, the abominations which he did, and what was found against him, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. Then 5Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin

gJehoiachin was 6eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord. 10 At the turn of the year hKing Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, iwith the costly articles from the house of the Lord, and made jZedekiah, 7 8Jehoiakim’s brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.

Zedekiah Reigns in Judah

11 kZedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12 He did evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and ldid not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the Lord. 13 And he also mrebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he nstiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord God of Israel. 14 Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the Lord which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.

The Fall of Jerusalem

15 oAnd the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But pthey mocked the messengers of God, qdespised His words, and rscoffed at His prophets, until the swrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.

17 tTherefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who ukilled their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. 18 vAnd all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. 19 wThen they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions. 20 And xthose who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, ywhere they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of zJeremiah, until the land ahad enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate bshe kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

The Proclamation of Cyrus

22 cNow in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of dJeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of eCyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,

23 fThus says Cyrus king of Persia:

All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a 9house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up!

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