Bible Narrative Project Blending #32: 2 Kings 23:34-24:7 & 2 Chronicles 36:4-8
Jehoiakim Made King by Pharaoh
34 Pharaoh Neco, the king of Egypt, made Eliakim (Jehoahaz’/Joahaz’ brother), the son of Josiah, king in the place of Josiah his father, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. But Neco took Jehoahaz away and brought him to Egypt, and he died there. 35 So Jehoiakim gave the silver and gold to Pharaoh, but he taxed the land in order to give the money at the command of Pharaoh. He exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land, each according to his valuation, to give it to Pharaoh Neco. 36 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Zebidah the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. 37 He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, according to all that his fathers had done.
Babylon Controls Jehoiakim
1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him and bound him with bronze chains to take him to Babylon, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years; then he turned and rebelled against him. 7 Nebuchadnezzar also brought some of the articles of the house of the LORD to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon. 2 The LORD sent against him bands of Chaldeans, bands of Arameans, bands of Moabites, and bands of Ammonites. So He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD which He had spoken through His servants the prophets. 3 Surely at the command of the LORD it came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, 4 and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; and the LORD would not forgive. 5 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim and all the abominations that he did, and what was found against him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? Behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.
6 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers, and Jehoiachin his son became king in his place. 7 The king of Egypt did not come out of his land again, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the brook of Egypt to the river Euphrates.
Scripture taken or blended from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (R), Copyright (C) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.