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The Fourth Age

of Jehoiachin, in respect of six months, during which Jehoahaz or Jehoiachin reigned. But the truth will appear from Jeremiah, who declares that he prophesied 23 years, from the thirteenth of Josiah to the fourteenth of Jehoiachin; and that Nebuchadnezzar began to reign in the fourth year of Jehoiakim; and that in the nineteenth year of his reign Jerusalem was destroyed.

A.M. 8352 [4700].

Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, reigned 11 years. After Josiah, his son Jehoahaz reigned 3 months: he was bound and carried into Egypt by Necho, [A.M. 3405 B.C. 599.] who made Jehoiakim king. In the third year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar takes Jerusalem, and carries away many captives, anions whom were Daniel and others taken into captivity. Daniel, Azariah, Hananias, and and Mishael, and carries part of the vessels of the temple to Babylon. The Scripture dates the reign of Nebuchadnezzar from the fourth year of Jehoiakim, because from that time he began to reign not only over the Chaldees and Jews, but also over the Assyrians, Egyptians, Moabites, and innumerable other nations. Jehoiachin, who is also Jechonias, son of Jehoiakim, reigned 3 months and 10 days. When Jerusalem was surrounded by the Chaldees, he went forth to the king of Babylon with his mother, and was carried to Babylon with his people, in the eighth year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar.

A.M. 3363 [4711].

Zedekiah, who is also called Mathias, son of Josiah, [A.M. 3146. B.C. 588.]reigned 11 years. In the eleventh year of his reign, but in the nineteenth of the king of Babylon, the king of Judah was carried captive to Babylon,Zedekiah taken into captivity. find the temple of the Lord burned with fire, in the 430th year from its foundation. The Jews who were left fled into Egypt, which after five years being smitten by the Chaldees, they too went into Babylon.