2 Kings 24

1In the time of Jehoiakim, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the country of Judah. Jehoiakim served Nebuchadnezzar for three years. Then Jehoiakim turned against Nebuchadnezzar and broke away from his rule. 2The Lord sent groups of Babylonians, Arameans, Moabites, and Ammonites to fight against Jehoiakim. The Lord sent those groups to destroy Judah. This happened just like the Lord said. The Lord used his servants the prophets to say those things. 3The Lord commanded those things to happen to Judah. In this way, he would take them out of his sight. He did this because of all the sins that Manasseh did. 4The Lord did this because Manasseh killed many innocent people. Manasseh had filled Jerusalem with their blood. And the Lord would not forgive ˻those sins˼. 5The other things that Jehoiakim did are written in the book The History of the Kings of Judah. 6Jehoiakim ˻died and˼ was buried with his ancestors. Jehoiakim’s son Jehoiachin became the new king after him. 7The king of Babylon captured all the land between the Brook of Egypt and the Euphrates River. This land was previously controlled by Egypt. So the king of Egypt did not leave Egypt any more. 8Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he began to rule. He ruled three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan from Jerusalem. 9Jehoiachin did the things that the Lord said were wrong. He did all the same things that his father had done. 10At that time, the officers of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and surrounded it. 11Then Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the city. 12Jehoiachin king of Judah went out to meet the king of Babylon. Jehoiachin’s mother, his officers, leaders, and officials also went with him. Then the king of Babylon captured Jehoiachin. This was during the eighth year of Nebuchadnezzar’s rule. 13Nebuchadnezzar took from Jerusalem all the treasures in the Lord’s temple and all the treasures in the king’s house. Nebuchadnezzar cut up all the golden dishes that Solomon king of Israel had put in the Lord’s temple. This happened just like the Lord said. 14Nebuchadnezzar captured all the people of Jerusalem. He captured all the leaders and other wealthy people. He took 10,000 people and made them prisoners. Nebuchadnezzar took all the skilled workers and craftsmen. No person was left, except the poorest of the common people. 15Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin to Babylon as a prisoner. Nebuchadnezzar also took the king’s mother, his wives, officers, and the leading men of the land. Nebuchadnezzar took them from Jerusalem to Babylon as prisoners. 16There were 7,000 soldiers. Nebuchadnezzar took all of the soldiers and 1,000 of the skilled workers and craftsmen. All of these men were trained soldiers, ready for war. The king of Babylon took them to Babylon as prisoners. 17The king of Babylon made Mattaniah the new king. Mattaniah was Jehoiachin’s uncle. He changed his name to Zedekiah. 18Zedekiah was 21 years old when he began to rule. He ruled 11 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah from Libnah. 19Zedekiah did the things the Lord said were wrong. Zedekiah did all the same things that Jehoiakim did. 20The Lord became so angry at Jerusalem and Judah that he threw them away. Zedekiah rebelled and refused to obey the king of Babylon.

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