1 During Jehoiakim’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invadedthe land, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. But then he turned against Nebuchadnezzar and rebelled. 2 The Lord sent Babylonian,Aramean, Moabite and Ammonite raiders against him to destroy Judah, in accordance with the word of the Lord proclaimed by his servants the prophets. 3 Surely these things happened to Judah according to the Lord’s command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, 4 including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord was not willing to forgive.
Pray This Week
Lord, sometimes I feel like a “stranger in a strange land.” Please teach me wisdom for how to live in this world and yet remain close to you.