2 Kings 24:1-10

1During a Jehoiakim’s reign, b Nebuchadnezzar c king of Babylon d attacked. e Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years, and then he turned and rebelled against him. 2The Lord sent Chaldean, Aramean, f Moabite, g and Ammonite raiders against Jehoiakim. He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord He had spoken through His servants the prophets. h 3 Indeed, this happened to Judah at the Lord’s command to remove them from His sight. i It was because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all he had done, j 4and also because of all the innocent blood he had shed. He had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, k and the Lord would not forgive.

5The rest of the events of Jehoiakim’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. l 6 Jehoiakim rested with his fathers, and his son Jehoiachin became king in his place. m

7Now the king of Egypt did not march out of his land again, n for the king of Babylon took everything that belonged to the king of Egypt, o from the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River. p

Judah’s King Jehoiachin

8 Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he became king and reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan, from Jerusalem. q 9He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight as his father had done.

Deportations to Babylon

10 At that time r the servants of Nebuchadnezzar s king of Babylon marched up to Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.
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