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People: Jehoiakim

Jehoiakim

One of the last kings of Judah. Jehoiakim was the son of Josiah.

Background

During his reign the prophet Jeremiah warned of attack by the Babylonians. Jeremiah spoke against Jehoiakim's idolatrous practices,  telling Baruch his scribe to write his words of warning in a scroll. When King Jehoiakim heard Jeremiah's prophecies he burned them and Baruch had to produce new copies. Jehoiakim tried to rebel against the Babylonians but died before the Babylonians captured Jerusalem.


AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus