Josiah’s son Jehoiakim was king for eleven wicked years.

Scripture: 2 Kings 23:35-24:7

ESV Text: 2 Kings 23:35-24:7

2 Kings 23:35-24:7

35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh, but he taxed the land to give the money according to the command of Pharaoh. He exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, from everyone according to his assessment, to give it to Pharaoh Neco.

Jehoiakim Reigns in Judah

36 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zebidah the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. 37 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done.

24:1 In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldeans and bands of the Syrians and bands of the Moabites and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by his servants the prophets. Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the Lord, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord would not pardon. Now the rest of the deeds of Jehoiakim and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers, and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place. And the king of Egypt did not come again out of his land, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the Brook of Egypt to the river Euphrates. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 23 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 Pharaohnechoh. 36 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. 37 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.(KJV)


(Alt. audio): Chapter: 24 1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him. 2 And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, 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 his servants the prophets. 3 Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; 4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which 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 Judah? 6 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead. 7 And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 518:
If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee

— Organ Audio

1. If thou but suffer God to guide thee 
And hope in Him through all thy ways, 
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee, 
And bear thee through the evil days. 
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love 
Builds on the Rock that naught can move. 

2. What can these anxious cares avail thee, 
These never-ceasing moans and sighs? 
What can it help if thou bewail thee 
O’er each dark moment as it flies? 
Our cross and trials do but press 
The heavier for our bitterness. 

3. Be patient and await His leisure 
In cheerful hope, with heart content 
To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure 
And His discerning love hath sent, 
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known 
To Him who chose us for His own. 

4. God knows full well when times of gladness 
Shall be the needful thing for thee. 
When He has tried thy soul with sadness 
And from all guile has found thee free, 
He comes to thee all unaware 
And makes thee own His loving care. 

5. Nor think amid the fiery trial 
That God hath cast thee off unheard, 
That he whose hopes meet no denial 
Must surely be of God preferred. 
Time passes and much change doth bring 
And sets a bound to everything. 

6. All are alike before the Highest; 
‘Tis easy to our God, we know, 
To raise thee up, though low thou liest, 
To make the rich man poor and low. 
True wonders still by Him are wrought 
Who setteth up and brings to naught. 

7. Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving, 
Perform thy duties faithfully, 
And trust His Word, though undeserving, 
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee. 
God never yet forsook in need 
The soul that trusted Him indeed. 


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