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Jehoahaz’s Reign over Judah

31 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother[a] was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah, from Libnah. 32 He did evil in the sight of[b] the Lord as his ancestors had done.[c] 33 Pharaoh Necho imprisoned him in Riblah in the land of Hamath and prevented him from ruling in Jerusalem.[d] He imposed on the land a special tax[e] of 100 talents[f] of silver and a talent of gold. 34 Pharaoh Necho made Josiah’s son Eliakim king in Josiah’s place, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. He took Jehoahaz to Egypt, where he died.[g]

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  1. 2 Kings 23:31 tn Heb “the name of his mother.”
  2. 2 Kings 23:32 tn Heb “in the eyes of.”
  3. 2 Kings 23:32 tn Heb “according to all that his fathers had done.”
  4. 2 Kings 23:33 tc The consonantal text (Kethib) has “when [he was] ruling in Jerusalem,” but the marginal reading (Qere), which has support from Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and Latin witnesses, has “[preventing him] from ruling in Jerusalem.”
  5. 2 Kings 23:33 tn Or “fine.”
  6. 2 Kings 23:33 tn The Hebrew term כִּכָּר (kikkar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or to a standard unit of weight, generally regarded as a talent. Since the accepted weight for a talent of metal is about 75 pounds, this would have amounted to about 7,500 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of gold (cf. NCV, NLT); CEV “almost four tons of silver and about seventy-five pounds of gold.”
  7. 2 Kings 23:34 tn Heb “and he took Jehoahaz, and he came to Egypt and he died there.”