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2 Kings Chapter 24 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. Exile from Mainstreet 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. Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. https://temtube.com/