Jehoiachin was the son of Jehoiakim and his name means “God will fortify his people”. He ruled Judah during the sixth century BC, which is when he appears on the Biblical Timeline. When Jehoiachin came to power, his father Jehoiakim had passed away after ruling the land for eleven years.
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Once he became king he continued in the pagan practices of his father. Instead of leading people back into the true worship of God he chose to continue leading them in the wrong direction. King Jehoiachin had a short reign that lasted for only three months and one week. God had to remove this king from power because he didn’t want to repent of his sins. He was alive when his grandfather Josiah ruled the kingdom.
King Josiah was a righteous ruler who believed in God. Just like his father, Jehoiachin didn’t learn how to trust in the Lord. God had decided to send the people into captivity for their sins at the hands of the Babylonians. The Babylonians made Judah pay them tribute during the reign of Jehoiakim. One day King Nebuchadnezzar decided to attack Judah during the rule of Jehoiachin. Before he marched on Judah, he forced King Jehoiachin to come to Babylon. Once King Jehoiachin arrived in Babylon King Nebuchadnezzar made him a prisoner.
King Nebuchadnezzar arrived in Judah and took the people into slavery. The Babylonian King then carried away all of Judah’s treasures from the palace and the Temple of the Lord. This was a prediction that was given to King Hezekiah of Judah in the past. It finally was fulfilled during the reign of Jehoiachin. King Nebuchadnezzar took all of the important people in the land which included the princes, the skilled craftsmen, soldiers, Smiths and even some of the priests.
After he had taken King Jehoiachin away to Babylon, a king named Mattaniah was placed on the throne by Nebuchadnezzar. This event was the second time that Babylon took the people of Judah away into captivity. God used Nebuchadnezzar to enslave the people of Judah at different time periods during its history. Only the extremely poor people were allowed to remain behind in the land of Judah. God used the Babylonian captivity as a last resort to get the people to turn back from their sins and to believe in him.
This extreme form of judgment was used by God to help them to realize how important it is to have a heart that truly wants to follow his ways and serve him. This was the beginning of many years of sorrow for the people of Judah. All hope was not gone because God was going to bring his people back from captivity and destruction when the time was right. King Jehoiachin ultimately ended his short reign as a prisoner in the Kingdom of Babylon.
- 2 Kings 24: 8, 9 Background information on Jehoiachin. He was an evil king.
- 2 Kings 24: 10 -12 King Nebuchadnezzar and his officials siege Judah and Jehoiachin relinquishes control of Jerusalem
- 2 Kings 24: 12 – 14 Babylonian King carries away Jehoiachin and the people into captivity, and he plunders the temple of God.
- 2 Kings 24: 15 -17 Nebuchadnezzar places Mattaniah on the throne. Jehoiachin’s uncle and changes his name to Zedekiah.
- 2 Chronicles 36: 9 -10 alternate story of Jehoiachin’s reign.
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5 thoughts on “Jehoiachin King of Judah”
No one seems to notice the discrepancies in both accounts. J-chin is reigns 3 months but is captured in his 8th year – huh? It says in one account J-kim reigns for 3 years and in the other he reigns for 11. Which is it?
Captured in 8th year of reign of Nebuchadnezzar not the 8th year of J-chin
To hopefully help with the confusion….in 2Kings 24:12.
The king of Babylon took him (Jehoiachin) in the eighth year of his(Nebuchadnezzar’s) reign.
The 8th year of his reign referrs to the King of Babylon’s reign.
Zedekiah, his Uncle according to 2Kings 24:17, reigned for eleven years…….never Jehoiachin. Hope this helps. God bless, Vicki
Please include this information, which tells what became of King Jehoiachin, after King Nebuchadnezzar died. Thanks
And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evil–merodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison,
Jeremiah 52:31 KJV
And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon, And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life. And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.
Jeremiah 52:32-34 KJV
I find it very interesting that he (Jehoiachin) is mentioned again after his imprisonment. A representation of Gods remarkable and swift judgement, but also redeemed (not fully) but nevertheless, by an evil ruler. Hmm…