2 Kings 24



1 In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came·​·up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years; and he turned·​·back and revolted against him.

2 And Jehovah sent against him troops of the Chaldeans, and troops of Syria, and troops of Moab, and troops of the sons of Ammon; and He sent them against Judah to make· it ·perish, according·​·to the word of Jehovah which He spoke by the hand of His servants the prophets.

3 Surely by the mouth of Jehovah was this against Judah, to remove them from His face for the sins of Manasseh, according·​·to all that he did,

4 and also for the blood of the innocent that he shed; and he filled Jerusalem with the blood of the innocent; and Jehovah was· not ·willing to pardon.

5 And the remaining words concerning Jehoiakim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the words concerning the days of the kings of Judah?

6 And Jehoiakim lay·​·down with his fathers; and Jehoiachin his son reigned in· his ·stead.

7 And the king of Egypt came· not ·forth again any·​·more out of his land; for the king of Babylon had taken from the brook of Egypt even·​·to the river Euphrates all that the king of Egypt had.

8 A son of eighteen years was Jehoiachin when he became·​·king; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem; and the name of his mother was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.

9 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, according·​·to all that his fathers had done.

10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon went·​·up to Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.

11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants were besieging it.

12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went·​·out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes and his eunuchs; and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign.

13 And he brought·​·out thence all the treasures of the house of Jehovah, and the treasures of the house of the king, and clipped·​·off all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of Jehovah, as Jehovah had spoken.

14 And he exiled all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the heroes of valor; ten thousand were exiled, and all the craftsmen and the smiths; there was· no·​·one ·left except the poor of the people of the land.

15 And he exiled Jehoiachin to Babylon; and the mother of the king, and the wives of the king, and his chamberlains, and the powerful of the land, he made to go into exile from Jerusalem toward Babylon;

16 and all the men of valor, seven thousand, and the craftsmen and the smiths, a thousand, all of them mighty·​·men who make war; and the king of Babylon brought them in exile to Babylon.

17 And the king of Babylon made· Mattaniah his uncle ·king in· his ·stead, and changed* his name to Zedekiah.

18 A son of twenty and one years was Zedekiah when he became·​·king; and eleven years he reigned in Jerusalem; and the name of his mother was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

19 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, according·​·to all that Jehoiakim had done.

20 For by the anger of Jehovah it came·​·to·​·pass in Jerusalem and in Judah, until He had cast them from His face, that Zedekiah revolted against the king of Babylon.

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.