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FRAMEWORKS: 2 Kings 24: Last three kings of Judah


v.1-5 Jehoiakim King of Judah

v.6-9 Jehoiachin of Judah

v.10-17 Jerusalem taken, people deported & king replaced

v.18-20 Zedekiah final King of Judah



v.1-5 Jehoiakim King of Judah


v.1 During Jehoiakim's reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded the land, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. But then he turned against Nebuchadnezzar and rebelled. 

v.2 The LORD sent Babylonian, Aramean, Moabite and Ammonite raiders against him to destroy Judah, in accordance with the word of the LORD proclaimed by his servants the prophets. 

v.3 Surely these things happened to Judah according to the LORD's command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, 

v.4 including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD was not willing to forgive. 

v.5 As for the other events of Jehoiakim's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 


[Notes: Jehoiakim had reigned for about eight years and had suffered an invasion by the powerful Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, THE now powerful force in the area. When he unwisely rebelled against Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar was swift to send forces to discipline Judah.]



v.6-9 Jehoiachin of Judah


v.6  Jehoiakim rested with his ancestors. And Jehoiachin his son succeeded him as king. 

v.7 The king of Egypt did not march out from his own country again, because the king of Babylon had taken all his territory, from the Wadi of Egypt to the Euphrates River.

v.8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother's name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan; she was from Jerusalem. 

v.9 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father had done. 


[Notes: The king eventually dies and his son Jehoiachin takes over the rule. Although they had paid tribute to Egypt previously [see 23:35] that time has now passed as Nebuchadnezzar is the prevailing force over the area. This king only reigns three months for the reason that follows.]



v.10-17 Jerusalem taken, people deported & king replaced


v.10 At that time the officers of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem and laid siege to it, 

v.11 and Nebuchadnezzar himself came up to the city while his officers were besieging it. 

v.12 Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his attendants, his nobles and his officials all surrendered to him. In the eighth year of the reign of the king of Babylon, he took Jehoiachin prisoner. 

v.13 As the LORD had declared, Nebuchadnezzar removed the treasures from the temple of the LORD and from the royal palace, and cut up the gold articles that Solomon king of Israel had made for the temple of the LORD. 

v.14 He carried all Jerusalem into exile: all the officers and fighting men, and all the skilled workers and artisans—a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest people of the land were left. 

v.15 Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king's mother, his wives, his officials and the prominent people of the land. 

v.16 The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand skilled workers and artisans. 

v.17 He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.


[Notes: Nebuchadnezzar's forces return again and this time he strips Jerusalem of treasures and people – including the king – and places the king's uncle as king in his place.]



v.18-20 Zedekiah final King of Judah


v.18 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother's name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. 

v.19 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as Jehoiakim had done. 

v.20 It was because of the LORD's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence. Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.


[Notes: For eleven years Babylon leaves Jerusalem at peace until the ungodly king foolishly rebels against Babylon.]