The reign of King Jehoiakim (2 Chr 36:5-36:8)

“King Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign. He reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of Yahweh. Against him, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came up and bound him with fetters to take him to Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar also carried some of the vessels of the house of Yahweh to Babylon. He put them in his palace in Babylon. Now the rest of the acts of King Jehoiakim, and the abominations that he did, and what was found against him, are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.”

This is a condensed version of 2 Kings, chapters 23 and 24. King Jehoiakim was actually older than this brother King Jehoahaz. He had a different mother than his brother, but she is not mentioned here like she was in 2 Kings. So it is clear that the good King Josiah had more than one wife. King Jehoiakim ruled for 11 years in Jerusalem. However, he followed in the old royal Judean way of doing evil in the sight of Yahweh, not like his good father, King Josiah. King Nebuchadnezzar (605-562 BCE) ruled in Babylon 43 years so his influence was quite profound over this area. King Jehoiakim of Judah was his servant years before he rebelled against him, but that is not mentioned here. There is no mention here about the attacks of other groups as in 2 Kings. This appears to be a punishment for Judah because of King Manasseh. Like many of the other kings of Judah, we can read about him in the lost “Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel and Judah,” not just Judah. He died sometime after his captivity, but there is no indication of where he is buried.

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