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Jehoiachin’s Reign over Judah

24:8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.9 His mother10 was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan, from Jerusalem. 24:9 He did evil in the sight of11 the Lord as his ancestors had done.

24:10 At that time the generals12 of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon marched to Jerusalem and besieged the city.13 24:11 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to the city while his generals were besieging it. 24:12 King Jehoiachin of Judah, along with his mother, his servants, his officials, and his eunuchs surrendered14 to the king of Babylon. The king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign,15 took Jehoiachin16 prisoner. 24:13 Nebuchadnezzar17 took from there all the riches in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace. He removed all the gold items which King Solomon of Israel had made for the Lord’s temple, just as the Lord had warned. 24:14 He deported all the residents of Jerusalem, including all the officials and all the soldiers (10,000 people in all). This included all the craftsmen and those who worked with metal. No one was left except for the poorest among the people of the land. 24:15 He deported Jehoiachin from Jerusalem to Babylon, along with the king’s mother and wives, his eunuchs, and the high-ranking officials of the land.18 24:16 The king of Babylon deported to Babylon all the soldiers (there were 7,000), as well as 1,000 craftsmen and metal workers. This included all the best warriors.19 24:17 The king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s20 uncle, king in Jehoiachin’s place. He renamed him Zedekiah.


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