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2 Kings Chapter 24

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Chapter 24

Nebuchadnezzar Arrives

  • King Nebuchadnezzar starts reigning on Babylon. Jehoiakim is his servant or vassal for three years, but then rebels against him.
  • God sends the Chaldeans and numerous other peoples allied with them all come to destroy Judah, in accordance with the prophecies of total destruction for Judah.
  • The narrator says this is mainly punishment for Manasseh's sins and all the innocent people he killed.
  • The Babylonians put down the Egyptians, making them a non-power.
  • When Jehoiakim dies, his son Jehoiachin succeeds him.
  • Jehoiachin starts reigning at age eighteen and stays in power three more months. He's another bad king, says the narrator.
  • In the eighth year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, he besieges Jerusalem. Jehoiachin surrenders himself and the whole royal family into the captivity of the Babylonians.

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  • Nebuchadnezzar loots Jerusalem, steals all the treasures of the Temple, and cuts the vessels dedicated to God into pieces.
  • He captures all the people of Jerusalem—warriors, smiths, and artisans so on—everyone except the poorest people.
  • He takes the entirety of the royal family and the royal house, along with all the officials and government people and the elite.
  • Nebuchadnezzar makes Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's brother, the new (puppet) king. He renames him Zedekiah.
  • Zedekiah reigns for eleven years, beginning at age twenty-one. He's yet another sinful king. It is under his reign that the final stages of the exile will happen.
  • Eventually, Zedekiah rebels against Nebuchadnezzar.

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