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A. 2 Kings 23.

B. 2 Chron. 35, 36. (Continued.)

(Continued.) and buried him in his sepul and he died, and was buried in chre.

the sepulchres (of his fathers. And

all Judah and Jerusalem mourned 25 for Josiah. And Jeremiah la

mented for Josiah : and all the singing men and singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations, unto this day; and they made them ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are

written in the lamentations.] 28 Now the rest of the acts of 26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did,

Josiah, and his good deeds, [accord

ing to that which is written in

27 the law of the LORD, and his acts,

are they first and last, behold,] they are not written in the book of [the written in the book of chronicles of] the kings of

the kings of (Israel . Judah ?

and] Judah And the people of the land 36 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, [and anointed him,] and made

and made him king in his father's stead. him king in his father's stead

[in Jerusalem).

($ 51.) A. 2 Kings 23.

B. 2 Chron. 36. (Continuous.)

(Continuous.) 31 Jehoahaz was twenty and three 2 Joahaz was twenty and three

years old when he began to reign ; years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in and he reigned three months in Jerusalem : [and his mother's Jerusalem.

name was Hamutal the daughter 32 of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he

did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to

all that his fathers had done.] 33 And Pharaoh-necoh put him in bands a 3 And the king of Egypt deposed him

at [Riblah in the land of Hamath, at that he might not reign in] Jerusalem ; and put the land to Jerusalem, and amerced the land

a tribute b of an hundred talents of in an hundred talents of silver 34 silver, and a talent of gold. And 4 and a talent of gold. And

Pharaoh-necoh made Eliakim the the king of Egypt made Eliakim his

§ 51.—" A. 407708". B. 1077'D's. A var. lect.

.ויענש .B .ויתן־ענש ,b A

B. 2 Chron. 36.

A. 2 Kings 23.

(Continued.) son of Josiah king (in the room of Josiah his father),

and changed his to Jehoiakim : but he took Jehoahaz; .

and he came to Egypt, (and died there. 35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver

and the gold to Pharaoh ; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh : he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaoh-necoh.]

(Continued.) brother king.

[over Judah and Jerusalem), and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Neco took Joahaz (his brother], and carried him to Egypt.

name

($ 52.) A. 2 Kings 23, 24.

B. 2 Chron. 36. (Continuous.)

(Continuous.) 36 Jehoiakim was twenty and five 5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five

years old when he began to reign; years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem : [and his mother's Jerusalem :

name was Zebidah the daughter 37 of Pedaiah of Rumah.] And he

and he did that which was evil in the did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,

sight of the LORD [his God]. [according to all that his fathers

had done.] 24 In his days Nebuchadnezzar 6 Against him Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up,

king of Babylon came up, [and

bound him in fetters, to carry 7 him to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar

also carried of the vessels of the house of the LORD to Babylon,

and put them in his temple at [and Jehoiakim became Babylon.] his servant three years : then he

turned and rebelled against him. 2 And the LORD sent against him

bands of the Chaldeans, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by the hand of his servants the prophets.

B. 2 Chron. 36.

(Continued.)

A. 2 Kings 24.

(Continued.) 3 Surely at the commandment of

the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight,

for the sins of Manasseh , accord4 ing to all that he did ; and also

for the innocent blood that he shed; for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood : and the

LORD would not pardon]. 5 Now the rest of the acts of

Jehoiakim, and all that he did,

are they not written in the book of [the

chronicles of] the kings of 6. Judah ? [So Jehoiakim

slept with his fathers :) and Je

hoiachin his son reigned in his 7 stead. [And the king of Egypt

came not again any more out of his land : for the king of Babylon had taken, from the brook of Egypt unto the river Euphrates, all that pertained to the king of Egypt.]

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($ 53.) A. 2 Kings 24.

B. 2 Chron. 36. (Continuous.)

(Continuous.) 8 Jehoiachin was eighteen a years

Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign; and old when he began to reign; and he reigned in Jerusalem three he reigned in Jerusalem three months :

[and his

months (and ten days] : mother's name was Nehushta the

daughter of Elnathan of Jeru9 salem.] And he did that which

and he did that which

$ 52.—A See Jer. 15. 4. $ 53.—NOTE. The narrative should be compared wherever possible with the historical notices to be found in Jeremiah. But Jeremiah rightly spells Nebuchadrezzar (though not always, e. g. 29. 1, 3), and reads Jechoniah for Jehoiachin (Jer. 24. 1; cf. 1 Chron. 3. 16), also giving the shortened form Coniah (Jer. 22. 24, 28).

* A. 17710Y neoni ya. B. Dwi ys. The LXX readings in B. vary, but the omission of the "ten' in B. is manifestly a copyist's error, though an ancient one.

came

A. 2 Kings 24,

B. 2 Chron. 36. (Continued.)

(Continued.) was evil in the sight of the LORD, was evil in the sight of the LORD. [according to all that his father

had done.] 10 At that time the servants of 10 And at the return of the year Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and

up to Jerusalem, and brought him to Babylon, with 11 the city was besieged. And the goodly vessels of the house

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon of the LORD, and made Zedekiah

came unto the city, while his his brother king over Judah and 12 servants were besieging it; and Jerusalem.

Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers : and the king of

Babylon took him in the eighth 13 year of his reign And he carried

out thence all the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel

had made in the temple of the 14 LORD, as the LORD had said. And

he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths; none

remained, save the poorest sort 15 of the people of the land. And

he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon; and the king's mother, and the king's wives, and his officers, and the chief men of the

land, carried he into captivity 16 from Jerusalem to Babylon. And

all the men of might, even seven thousand, and the craftsmen and the smiths a thousand, all of them strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon

brought captive to Babylon. 17 And the king of Babylon made

Mattaniah his father's brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.

C. Jeremiah 52.

Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign ; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem : and his mother's

name was Hamutal the daughter 2 of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he

did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all 3 that Jehoiakim had done. For through the anger of the LORD did it come to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence: and Zedekiah rebelled against the king of

Babylon. 4 And it came to pass in the

ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built fortse against it round about. 5 So the city was besieged unto the

eleventh year of king Zedekiah. 6 [In the fourth month,] on the

ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the

(S 54.) In the following section B. is inserted at the foot, and C. is taken from the historical part of Jeremiah. The variations between A, and C. are simply an ancient copyist's slips and omissions, and there are no indications of differences of age between the MSS. They illustrate the variations to be seen in copies of contemporary documents, and show how impossible it seems to have been for a Hebrew scribe to copy with absolute accuracy. C. is the fullest, and may be taken as the original.

A. 2 Kings 24, 25.

(Continuous.) 18 Zedekiah was twenty and one

years old when he began to reign ; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem : and his mother's

name was Hamutala the daughter 19 of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he

did that which was evil in the

sight of the LORD, according to all 20 that Jehoiakim had done. For

through the anger of the LORD did it come to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence: and Zedekiah rebelled against the king of

Babylon. 25 And it came to pass in the

ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzarb king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it round about. 2 So the city was besieged unto the

eleventh year of king Zedekiah. 3.

On the ninth day of the month the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the

B. 2 Chron. 36.

(Continuous.) 11 Zedekiah d was twenty and one years old when he began to reign ; 12 and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem : and he did that which

was evil in the sight of the LORD his God; he humbled not him13 self before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the

LORD. And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened

$ 54.—& The text in A. and C. is Hamital, but Keri Hamutal. usually; but in Jeremiah the more correct spelling is usually found. here and in Ezekiel. d Compare the narrative in Jer. 39.

b So A. c Only

K

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