Jeremiah 51:15-58 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
15 He made the earth by His power,
17 Everyone is stupid and ignorant.
20 You are My battle club,
24 “I will repay Babylon and all the residents of Chaldea for all their evil they have done in Zion before your very eyes.”
This is the Lord’s declaration.
25 Look, I am against you, devastating mountain—
27 Raise a signal flag in the land;
33 For this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says:
Daughter Babylon is like a threshing floor
34 “Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has devoured me;
36 Therefore, this is what the Lord says:
I am about to plead your case
41 How Sheshach has been captured,
45 Come out from among her, My people!
49 Babylon must fall because of the slain of Israel,
51 We are ashamed
52 Therefore, look, the days are coming—
54 The sound of a cry from Babylon!
58 This is what Yahweh of Hosts says:
Babylon’s thick walls will be totally demolished,
2 Chronicles 36:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
10 In the spring[a] Nebuchadnezzar sent for him and brought him to Babylon along with the valuable utensils of the Lord’s temple. Then he made Jehoiachin’s brother Zedekiah king over Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Kings 24:10-17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Deportations to Babylon
10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched up to Jerusalem, and the city came under siege. 11 Then King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to the city while his servants were besieging it. 12 Jehoiachin king of Judah, along with his mother, his servants, his commanders, and his officials, surrendered to the king of Babylon.
So the king of Babylon took him captive in the eighth year of his reign. 13 He also carried off from there all the treasures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king’s palace, and he cut into pieces all the gold articles that Solomon king of Israel had made for the Lord’s sanctuary, just as God had predicted. 14 Then he deported all Jerusalem and all the commanders and all the fighting men, 10,000 captives, and all the craftsmen and metalsmiths. Except for the poorest people of the land, no one remained.
15 Nebuchadnezzar deported Jehoiachin to Babylon. Also, he took the king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officials, and the leading men of the land into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 16 The king of Babylon also brought captive into Babylon all 7,000 fighting men and 1,000 craftsmen and metalsmiths—all strong and fit for war. 17 Then the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s[a] uncle,[b] king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.
1 Chronicles 3:10-16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
10 Solomon’s son was Rehoboam;
2 Chronicles 36:11-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Judah’s King Zedekiah
11 Zedekiah was 21 years old when he became king and reigned 11 years in Jerusalem. 12 He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet at the Lord’s command. 13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar who had made him swear allegiance by God. He became obstinate[a] and hardened his heart against returning to Yahweh, the God of Israel. 14 All the leaders of the priests and the people multiplied their unfaithful deeds, imitating all the detestable practices of the nations, and they defiled the Lord’s temple that He had consecrated in Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 52:1-3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The Fall of Jerusalem
52 Zedekiah was 21 years old when he became king and reigned 11 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. 2 Zedekiah did what was evil in the Lord’s sight just as Jehoiakim had done. 3 Because of the Lord’s anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that He finally banished them from His presence. Nevertheless, Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
2 Kings 24:18-20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Judah’s King Zedekiah
18 Zedekiah was 21 years old when he became king and reigned 11 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah, from Libnah. 19 Zedekiah did what was evil in the Lord’s sight just as Jehoiakim had done. 20 Because of the Lord’s anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that He finally banished them from His presence. Then, Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
Jeremiah 37:1-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Jerusalem’s Last Days
37 Zedekiah son of Josiah reigned as king in the land of Judah in place of Jehoiachin[a] son of Jehoiakim, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made him king. 2 He and his officers and the people of the land did not obey the words of the Lord that He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.
3 Nevertheless, King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, to Jeremiah the prophet, requesting, “Please pray to the Lord our God for us!” 4 Jeremiah was going about his daily tasks[b] among the people, for they had not yet put him into the prison. 5 Pharaoh’s army had left Egypt, and when the Chaldeans, who were besieging Jerusalem, heard the report, they withdrew from Jerusalem.
6 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet: 7 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: This is what you will say to Judah’s king, who is sending you to inquire of Me: Watch: Pharaoh’s army, which has come out to help you, is going to return to its own land of Egypt. 8 The Chaldeans will then return and fight against this city. They will capture it and burn it down. 9 This is what the Lord says: Don’t deceive yourselves by saying, ‘The Chaldeans will leave us for good,’ for they will not leave. 10 Indeed, if you were to strike down the entire Chaldean army that is fighting with you, and there remained among them only the badly wounded[c] men, each in his tent, they would get up and burn this city down.”