Old Testament

2 Kings 24
Judgment for Judah
241In the days of Jehoiakim, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against the land, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years, but he then rebelled against him again.
2Then the Lord sent bands of Chaldeans, bands of Arameans, bands of Moabites, and bands of Ammonite raiders against him. He sent them into Judah to destroy them according to the word of the Lord, which he had spoken through his servants the prophets. 3Surely this happened at the Lord's command to remove them from his presence because of all the sins Manasseh had committed, 4as well as the innocent blood he had shed. He filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord was not willing to forgive.
5As for the rest of Jehoiakim's deeds and everything he did, are they not written in the annals of the kings of Judah? 6Jehoiakim rested with his fathers. Then his son Jehoiachin became king in his place.
7The king of Egypt did not march out from his land again because the king of Babylon had taken everything that had belonged to the king of Egypt, from the Stream of Egypt to the Euphrates River.
Jehoiachin Son of Jehoiakim, King of Judah
8Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he ruled for three months in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan from Jerusalem.
9He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just like everything that his father had done. 10At that time, the officers of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem and put the city under siege. 11Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the city while his officers were besieging it.
12Then Jehoiachin king of Judah surrendered to the king of Babylon—he and his mother, his officials, his officers, and his eunuchs.[] In the eighth year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, he took Jehoiachin prisoner. 13He brought out all the treasures of the House of the Lord and the treasures of the palace of the king. He cut up all the gold articles in the House of the Lord, which Solomon king of Israel had made, just as the Lord had said. 14He exiled all Jerusalem and all the officers and all the warriors—ten thousand men went into exile—as well as all the craftsmen and metal workers. No one was left except the poorest people of the land. 15He exiled Jehoiachin to Babylon. He also took the king's mother, the king's wives, his eunuchs, and the leading citizens of the land into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 16The king of Babylon also took into exile all the soldiers—seven thousand men—and the craftsmen and metal workers, a thousand men, all strong and trained for war.[] 17Then the king of Babylon made Jehoiachin's uncle Mattaniah king in his place, but he changed his name to Zedekiah.
Zedekiah Son of Josiah, the Last King of Judah
18Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he ruled in Jerusalem for eleven years. His mother's name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah from Libnah. 19He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just like everything that Jehoiakim had done. 20Surely it was because of the Lord's wrath that all this fell upon Jerusalem and Judah, until he cast them from his presence. Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.


  • 24:12 Or court officials. The word includes eunuchs, but it does not seem that all who had this title were eunuchs.
  • 24:16 Unusual word order makes it difficult to be certain of the translation.