King Uzziah suffered from a skin disease until the day he died. He lived in separate quarters, 1 afflicted by a skin disease and banned from the Lord’s temple. His son Jotham was in charge of the palace and ruled over the people of the land.
Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went to Hezekiah with their clothes torn in grief 1 and reported to him what the chief adviser had said.
So Ebed Melech took the men with him and went to a room under the treasure room in the palace. 1 He got some worn-out clothes and old rags 2 from there and let them down by ropes to Jeremiah in the cistern.
All the women who are left in the royal palace of Judah will be led out to the officers of the king of Babylon. They will taunt you saying, 1 ‘Your trusted friends misled you; they have gotten the best of you. Now that your feet are stuck in the mud, they have turned their backs on you.’ 2
The Lord did so; a 1 thick 2 swarm of flies came into 3 Pharaoh’s house and into the houses 4 of his servants, and throughout the whole land of Egypt the land was ruined 5 because of the swarms of flies.
The king said to Nathan the prophet, “Look! I am living in a palace made from cedar, while the ark of God sits in the middle of a tent.”
Solomon made an alliance by marriage with Pharaoh, king of Egypt; he married Pharaoh’s daughter. He brought her to the City of David 1 until he could finish building his residence and the temple of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem. 2
He ordered them, “This is what you must do. One third of the unit that is on duty during the Sabbath will guard the royal palace.
King Jehoiachin of Judah, along with his mother, his servants, his officials, and his eunuchs surrendered 1 to the king of Babylon. The king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign, 2 took Jehoiachin 3 prisoner.
King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned them to the officers of the royal guard 1 who protected the entrance to the royal palace.
‘Look, a time is coming when everything in your palace and the things your ancestors 1 have accumulated to this day will be carried away to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord.
“‘Sure to be judged 1 is the king who builds his palace using injustice and treats people unfairly while adding its upper rooms. 2 He makes his countrymen work for him for nothing. He does not pay them for their labor.