1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (Bavel) came up, and Yehoyaqim became his servant three years; then he turned and rebelled against him.
2 And יהוה sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians (Arammim), and bands of the Moavites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah (Yehudah) to destroy it, according to the word of יהוה, which He spake by His servants the prophets.
3 Surely at the commandment of יהוה came this upon Judah (Yehudah), to remove them out of His sight, for the sins of Menashsheh, according to all that he did;
4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed; for he filled Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) with innocent blood; which יהוה would not pardon.
5 Now the rest of the acts of Yehoyaqim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah (Yehudah)?
6 So Yehoyaqim slept with his fathers; and Yehoyaqim his son reigned in his stead.
7 And the king of Egypt (Mitsrayim) came not again anymore out of his land; for the king of Babylon (Bavel) had taken from the river of Egypt (Mitsrayim) unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt (Mitsrayim).
8 Yehoyaqim was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) three months. His mother’s name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).
9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of יהוה, according to all that his father had done.
10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (Bavel) came up against Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and the city was besieged.
11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (Bavel) came against the city, and his servants did besiege it.
12 And Yehoyaqim the king of Judah (Yehudah) went out to the king of Babylon (Bavel), he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers; and the king of Babylon (Bavel) took him in the eighth year of his reign.
13 And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of יהוה, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon (Shelomoh) king of Yisrael had made in the temple of יהוה, as יהוה had said.
14 And he carried away all Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths; none remained, except the poorest sort of the people of the land.
15 And he carried away Yehoyaqim to Babylon (Bavel), and the king’s mother, and the king’s wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) to Babylon (Bavel).
16 And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon (Bavel) brought captive to Babylon (Bavel).
17 And the king of Babylon (Bavel) made Mattanyah his father’s brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah (Tsidkiyahu).
18 Zedekiah (Tsidkiyahu) was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim). His mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) of Libnah.
19 And he did that which was evil in the sight of יהוה, according to all that Yehoyaqim had done.
20 For through the anger of יהוה it came to pass in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) and Judah (Yehudah), until He had cast them out from His presence, that Zedekiah (Tsidkiyahu) rebelled against the king of Babylon (Bavel).