Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him
king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.
Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned three months in Jerusalem.
And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in
an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
After Josiah died, his son, Jehoahaz, became king of Judah.
And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and
Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his
brother, and carried him to Egypt.
Jehoahaz was imprisoned by Necho, the king of Egypt, who made Jehoahaz's brother, Jehoiakim, king.
twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven
years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD
Jehoiakim did evil things in the sight of God.
Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the LORD to
Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
King Nebuchadnezzar carried Jehoakim to Babylon, where he (presumably) died. [1
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did,
and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the
kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.
You can read about the rest of Jehoiakim's abominations in the book of the
kings of Israel and Judah.
Jehoiakim's son, Jehoiachin, became king after his father was taken to Babylon.
Jehoiachin was eight
years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten
days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of
Jehoiachin became king when he was eight years old and reigned for three months and ten days. [2
He did evil things in God's sight.
And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to
Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his
brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.
Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned
eleven years in Jerusalem.
At the end of the year, Nebuchadnezzar brought Jehoiachin to Babylon and made Zedekiah, Jehoiachin's younger brother, king.
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and
humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of
Zedekiah did evil things in God's sight, and didn't humble himself in front of Jeremiah, who spoke from the mouth of God.
And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear
by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto
the LORD God of Israel.
Zedekiah rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar and hardened his heart against God.
Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very
much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of
the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
The priests and people committed abominations and polluted God's house in Jerusalem.
And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising
up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his
But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused
his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
God sent prophets, but the peopled mocked them.
So God's wrath rose up against them until there was no remedy. 
Therefore he brought
upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary,
and had no compassion
upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all
into his hand.
God sent the king of the Chaldees to kill their young men with a sword, and had no compassion on anyone - women, children,
or old people.
And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the
treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of
his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.
And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and
burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly
They burned down God's house and destroyed everything in Jerusalem.
And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where
they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of
Those who weren't killed by the sword were carried away to Babylon.
To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land
had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath,
to fulfil threescore and ten years.
All this was done to fulfil God's word from the mouth of Jeremiah. 
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD
spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up
the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout
all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
In the first year that Cyrus was king of Persia he made a proclamation (according to God's word from
the mouth of Jeremiah), saying,
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the
LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in
Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people?
The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.
God has given me everything on earth , and he told me to build him a house in Jerusalem.
If any of you would like to return to Jerusalem, go ahead and do that. 
- Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon. (v.6)
Did Jehoiakim die in Babylon or near Jerusalem?
- Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign ... and he did
that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. (v.9)
What did an eight year old do that was "evil in the sight of the Lord"?
How old was Jehoachin when he began to reign?
- The wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. (v.16)
God gets angry with his people, so he sends the king of the Chaldees to kill all the "young men with the
sword." He has compassion for no one, not even old men that are "stooped for age." In his tender mercy and
loving kindness he has them all slaughtered.
DWB: The Fall of Jerusalem
- The word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah (v.22)
According to this verse, Jeremiah prophesied that King Cyrus would rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. But there
is no such prophecy in Jeremiah. Maybe the author was thinking of Isaiah (44:28,
Ezra (1:1-2, 4:3, 5:13-17,
- All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me. (23a)
God gave "all the kingdoms of the earth" to King Cyrus. (OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration.)
- The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up. (23b)
Now how's that for a strange ending?
Actually, the last two verses from 2 Chronicles are taken from the first few
verses of Ezra. It just happens that whoever decided to tack these verses on
(for whatever reason) forgot to finish the sentence!
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- God's 129th Killing:
The Fall of Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:16-17)
- Christian Response
- SAB Author Answered