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1In his days Nebuchadnezʹzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiʹakim became his servant three years; then he turned and rebelled against him. 2And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldeʹans, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which he spoke by his servants the prophets. 3Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the Lord, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasʹseh, according to all that he had done, 4and also for the innocent blood that he had shed; for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord would not pardon. 5Now the rest of the deeds of Jehoiʹakim, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 6So Jehoiʹakim slept with his fathers, and Jehoiʹachin his son reigned in his stead. 7And the king of Egypt did not come again out of his land, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the Brook of Egypt to the river Euphraʹtes.

8Jehoiʹachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Nehushʹta the daughter of Elnaʹthan of Jerusalem. 9And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father had done.

10At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezʹzar king of Babylon came up to Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. 11And Nebuchadnezʹzar king of Babylon came to the city, while his servants were besieging it; 12and Jehoiʹachin the king of Judah gave himself up to the king of Babylon, himself, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his palace officials. The king of Babylon took him prisoner in the eighth year of his reign, 13and carried off all the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold in the temple of the Lord, which Solomon king of Israel had made, as the Lord had foretold. 14He carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths; none remained, except the poorest people of the land. 15And he carried away Jehoiʹachin to Babylon; the king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officials, and the chief men of the land, he took into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. 16And the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon all the men of valor, seven thousand, and the craftsmen and the smiths, one thousand, all of them strong and fit for war. 17And the king of Babylon made Mattaniʹah, Jehoiʹachin’s uncle, king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiʹah.

18Zedekiʹah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamuʹtal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 19And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiʹakim had done. 20For because of the anger of the Lord it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence.

And Zedekiʹah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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