At the beginning 1 of the year the Syrian army attacked 2 Joash 3 and invaded Judah and Jerusalem. They wiped out all the leaders of the people and sent all the plunder they gathered to the king of Damascus.
Uzziah had an army of skilled warriors trained for battle. They were organized by divisions according to the muster rolls made by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer under the authority of Hananiah, a royal official.
So the Lord brought against them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria. They seized Manasseh, put hooks in his nose, 1 bound him with bronze chains, and carried him away to Babylon.
Then I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, and I presented to them the letters from the king. The king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen.
in the third 1 year of his reign he provided a banquet for all his officials and his servants. The army 2 of Persia and Media 3 was present, 4 as well as the nobles and the officials of the provinces.
1 There is a loud noise on the mountains – it sounds like a large army! 2 There is great commotion among the kingdoms 3 – nations are being assembled! The Lord who commands armies is mustering forces for battle.
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Beware! An army 1 is coming from a land in the north. A mighty nation is stirring into action in faraway parts of the earth.
So I said, 1 “Oh, my dear people, 2 put on sackcloth and roll in ashes. Mourn with painful sobs as though you had lost your only child. For any moment now 3 that destructive army 4 will come against us.”
A destructive army 1 will come marching over the hilltops in the desert. For the Lord will use them as his destructive weapon 2 against 3 everyone from one end of the land to the other. No one will be safe. 4
He did this while the army of the king of Babylon was attacking Jerusalem and the cities of Lachish and Azekah. He was attacking these cities because they were the only fortified cities of Judah which were still holding out. 1
At that time the Babylonian forces 1 had temporarily given up their siege against Jerusalem. 2 They had had it under siege, but withdrew when they heard that the army of Pharaoh had set out from Egypt. 3 )
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege to it. The siege began in the tenth month of the ninth year that Zedekiah ruled over Judah. 1
So Johanan son of Kareah, all the army officers, and all the rest of the people did not obey the Lord’s command to stay in the land.
Instead Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers led off all the Judean remnant who had come back to live in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been scattered. 1