23:29 During Josiah’s reign Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt marched toward 1 the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to fight him, but Necho 2 killed him at Megiddo 3 when he saw him. 23:30 His servants transported his dead body 4 from Megiddo in a chariot and brought it to Jerusalem, where they buried him in his tomb. The people of the land took Josiah’s son Jehoahaz, poured olive oil on his head, 5 and made him king in his father’s place.
Jehoahaz’s Reign over Judah
23:31 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 6 His mother 7 was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah, from Libnah. 23:32 He did evil in the sight of 8 the Lord as his ancestors had done. 9 23:33 Pharaoh Necho imprisoned him in Riblah in the land of Hamath and prevented him from ruling in Jerusalem. 10 He imposed on the land a special tax 11 of one hundred talents 12 of silver and a talent of gold. 23:34 Pharaoh Necho made Josiah’s son Eliakim king in Josiah’s place, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. He took Jehoahaz to Egypt, where he died. 13 23:35 Jehoiakim paid Pharaoh the required amount of silver and gold, but to meet Pharaoh’s demands Jehoiakim had to tax the land. He collected an assessed amount from each man among the people of the land in order to pay Pharaoh Necho. 14