2 Kings 24

Judah overrun by enemies for sins of Manasseh 1
Jehoiachin reigns for three months and was captured 8
Jerusalem captured; articles removed; many people taken to Babylon 13
Zedekiah reigns and rebels 17
.1 ¶ In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him.
 2  And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servants the prophets.
 3  Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did;
.4  And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.
  4 - Would not pardon He could not excuse the rebellion. This does not mean He would not forgive individuals who repented. See la0342.
 5  Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
.6  So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.
 7  And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt.
.8 ¶ Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
 9  And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father had done.
.10  At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.
 11  And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege 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 officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign.
  Compare je13.
  10  - Nebuchadnezzar ... Jerusalem ... besiege Historical evidence confirms the existance of Nebuchadnezzar. See below.
  12 - Jehoiachin ... Babylon took him See ez1704.
On July 12, 2007 the Times of London announced the discovery of a clay tablet written in cunriform. "The tablet names a Babylonian officer called Nebo-Sarsekim, who according to Jeremiah xxxix was present in 587BC when Nebuchadnezzar 'marched against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege to it.'  This and other recent evidence confirms the accuracy of the Bible.
.13  And he carried out thence 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 which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said.
.14  And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land.
.15  And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king's mother, and the king's wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.
 16  And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
  14 - Princes Daniel would have been taken at this time. da0101.
  14 - None remained save Also 2ki2512.
.17  And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father's brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.
.18  Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
 19  And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
 20  For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

  17 - Zedekiah "... He did evil in the sight of the Lord, committing the same crimes as Jehoiakim, 2Ki 24:18-20; 2Ch 36:11-13.  Compare Jer 29:16-19; 34:1-22; 38:5; Eze 17:12,14,18.  In the ninth year of his reign, he revolted against Nebuchadnezzar, trusting to the support of Pharaoh-hophra king of Egypt, which proved ineffectual, and despising the faithful remonstrance's of Jeremiah, Jer 37:2,5,7-10. Continued at right.
   In consequence of this the Assyrian marched his army into Judea, and took all the fortified places.  In the eleventh year of his reign, on the ninth day of the fourth month, (July,) Jerusalem was taken, 588 BC.  The king and his people endeavored to escape by favor of the night; but the Chaldean troops pursuing them, they were over-taken in the plain of Jericho.  Zedekiah was taken and carried to Nebuchadnezzar, then at Riblah, in Syria, who reproached him with his perfidy, caused his children to be slain before his face and his own eyes to be put out; and then loading him with chains of brass, he ordered him to be sent to Babylon, 2Ki 25:1-30; Jer 39:1-18; 52:1-34; Eze 19:1-14.  All these events remarkably fulfilled the predictions of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, in the chapters preciously referred to.  Compare also, with respect to Zedekiah's blindness, Jer 34:3; Eze 12:13." (ATS Dictionary).
  20 - Cast them out By the hand of the king of Babylon who took them captive.
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