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2 Kings 24:1-4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Jehoiakim’s Rebellion and Death

24 During Jehoiakim’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked. Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years, and then he turned and rebelled against him. The Lord sent Chaldean, Aramean, Moabite, and Ammonite raiders against Jehoiakim. He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord He had spoken through His servants the prophets. Indeed, this happened to Judah at the Lord’s command to remove them from His sight. It was because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all he had done, and also because of all the innocent blood he had shed. He had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord would not forgive.

Jeremiah 22:13-19 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

A Message concerning Jehoiakim

13 Woe for the one who builds his palace
through unrighteousness,
his upper rooms through injustice,
who makes his fellow man serve without pay
and will not give him his wages,
14 who says, “I will build myself a massive palace,
with spacious upper rooms.”
He will cut windows[a] in it,
and it will be paneled with cedar
and painted with vermilion.
15 Are you a king because you excel in cedar?
Didn’t your father eat and drink
and administer justice and righteousness?
Then it went well with him.
16 He took up the case of the poor and needy,
then it went well.
Is this not what it means to know Me?
This is the Lord’s declaration.
17 But you have eyes and a heart for nothing
except your own dishonest profit,
shedding innocent blood
and committing extortion and oppression.

18 Therefore, this is what the Lord says concerning Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah:

They will not mourn for him, saying,
“Woe, my brother!” or “Woe, my sister!”
They will not mourn for him, saying,
“Woe, lord! Woe, his majesty!”
19 He will be buried like a donkey,
dragged off and thrown
outside the gates of Jerusalem.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 22:14 Lit My windows

Jeremiah 25:1-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Seventy-Year Exile

25 This is the word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah (which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon). The prophet Jeremiah spoke concerning all the people of Judah and all the residents of Jerusalem as follows: “From the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah, until this very day—23 years—the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you time and time again,[a] but you have not obeyed. The Lord sent all His servants the prophets to you time and time again,[b] but you have not obeyed or even paid attention.[c] He announced, ‘Turn, each of you, from your[d] evil way of life and from your evil deeds. Live in the land the Lord gave to you and your ancestors long ago and forever. Do not follow other gods to serve them and to worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger by the work of your hands. Then I will do you no harm.

“‘But you would not obey Me’—this is the Lord’s declaration—‘in order that you might provoke Me to anger by the work of your hands and bring disaster on yourselves.’

“Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts says: ‘Because you have not obeyed My words, I am going to send for all the families of the north’—this is the Lord’s declaration—‘and send for My servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will bring them against this land, against its residents, and against all these surrounding nations, and I will completely destroy them and make them a desolation, a derision, and ruins forever.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 25:3 Lit you; rising early and speaking
  2. Jeremiah 25:4 Lit prophets, rising early and sending
  3. Jeremiah 25:4 Lit even inclined your ears
  4. Jeremiah 25:5 Lit his

Daniel 1:1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Daniel’s Captivity in Babylon

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar[a] king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it.

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 1:1 Or Nebuchadrezzar

Habakkuk 1:6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans,[a]
that bitter, impetuous nation
that marches across the earth’s open spaces
to seize territories not its own.

Footnotes:

  1. Habakkuk 1:6 = the Babylonians

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