The reign of King Jehoiachin (2 Chr 36:8-36:10)

His son Jehoiachin succeeded King Jehoiakim. He was eight years old when he began to reign. He reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of the Yahweh. In the spring of the year King Nebuchadnezzar sent and brought him to Babylon, with the precious vessels of the house of the Yahweh.”

King Jehoiachin, the son of King Jehoiakim took over from his father. He had practically the same name as his father. How is that for names being almost alike except for the endings of ‘kim” and “chin.” There is a question as to whether he was 8 years old as here, or 18 years old as in 2 Kings, chapter 24. Both accounts agree that he only reigned 3 months, but here there is an additional 10 days. There is no mention of his mother as there was in 2 Kings. Of course, he was evil like his father instead of being good like his grandfather, King Josiah. It is hard to figure out what he might have done so badly in just 3 months. Never the less, King Nebuchadnezzar brought him to Babylon with the precious vessels of the house of the Yahweh, just as he had done with his father. Maybe this was some kind of family reunion. He had already taken the sacred vessels with his father, so why take them again?

 

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