Bible: 2 Chron 36:5-21

Jehoiakim’s Reign

36:5 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned for eleven years in Jerusalem. 1  He did evil in the sight of 2  the Lord his God. 36:6 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked him, 3  bound him with bronze chains, and carried him away 4  to Babylon. 36:7 Nebuchadnezzar took some of the items in the Lord’s temple to Babylon and put them in his palace 5  there. 6 

36:8 The rest of the events of Jehoiakim’s reign, including the horrible sins he committed and his shortcomings, are recorded in the Scroll of the Kings of Israel and Judah. 7  His son Jehoiachin replaced him as king.

Jehoiachin’s Reign

36:9 Jehoiachin was eighteen 8  years old when he became king, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem. 9  He did evil in the sight of 10  the Lord. 36:10 At the beginning of the year King Nebuchadnezzar ordered him to be brought 11  to Babylon, along with the valuable items in the Lord’s temple. In his place he made his relative 12  Zedekiah king over Judah and Jerusalem.

Zedekiah’s Reign

36:11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he ruled for eleven years in Jerusalem. 13  36:12 He did evil in the sight of 14  the Lord his God. He did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, the Lord’s spokesman. 36:13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him vow allegiance 15  in the name of God. He was stubborn and obstinate, and refused to return 16  to the Lord God of Israel. 36:14 All the leaders of the priests and people became more unfaithful and committed the same horrible sins practiced by the nations. 17  They defiled the Lord’s temple which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.

The Babylonians Destroy Jerusalem

36:15 The Lord God of their ancestors 18  continually warned them through his messengers, 19  for he felt compassion for his people and his dwelling place. 36:16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his warnings, 20  and ridiculed his prophets. 21  Finally the Lord got very angry at his people and there was no one who could prevent his judgment. 22  36:17 He brought against them the king of the Babylonians, who slaughtered 23  their young men in their temple. 24  He did not spare 25  young men or women, or even the old and aging. God 26  handed everyone over to him. 36:18 He carried away to Babylon all the items in God’s temple, whether large or small, as well as what was in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the king and his officials. 36:19 They burned down the Lord’s temple and tore down the wall of Jerusalem. 27  They burned all its fortified buildings and destroyed all its valuable items. 36:20 He deported to Babylon all who escaped the sword. They served him and his sons until the Persian kingdom rose to power. 36:21 This took place to fulfill the Lord’s message delivered through Jeremiah. 28  The land experienced 29  its sabbatical years; 30  it remained desolate for seventy years, 31  as prophesied. 32 

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