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Jehoiachin

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Jehoiachin was a young Israelite king who succeeded his father Jehoiakim (B.C. 599) when only eighteen (or eight) years of age. His age is reported in two verses, 2 Chr. 36:9 and 2 Kings 24:8. Most Hebrew manuscripts for 2 Chr. 36:9 say “eight,” and it thus says “eight” in most English translations (NASB, KJV, NKJV, GWT). However, the NIV and NLT say “eighteen,” based on one Hebrew manuscript, some Septuagint (Greek) manuscripts and Syriac, and based on the fact that according to 2 Kings 24:8, in all translations, Jehoiachin was “eighteen.”

King Jehoiachin reigned for one hundred days (2 Chr. 36:9). He was succeeded by his uncle, Mattaniah = Zedekiah (q.v.).

He was the last direct heir to the Jewish crown. He was carried captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, along with the flower of the nobility, all the leading men in Jerusalem, and a great body of the general population, some thirteen thousand in all (2 Kings 24:12-16; Jer. 52:28).

After an imprisonment of thirty-seven years (Jer. 52:31, 33), he was liberated by Evil-merodach, and permitted to occupy a place in the king's household and sit at his table, receiving “every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life” (52:32-34).

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