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BIBLE DICTIONARY
Jehoiakim
The Lord raiseth up.
King of Judah (609-598 B.C.), originally called Eliakim (2 Kgs. 23: 34-36; 2 Kgs. 24: 1-6, 19; 1 Chr. 3: 15-16; 2 Chr. 36: 4-5, 8; Jer. 1: 3; Jer. 22: 18, 24; Jer. 26: 1, 21-23; Jer. 27: 1, 20; Jer. 28: 4; Jer. 35: 1; Jer. 36: 1, 9, 28-32). Jehoiakim was son of Joash, king of Judah, and brother of Zedekiah. He was not a faithful ruler; an interesting event is told of him burning the manuscript of one of the prophecies of Jeremiah (Jer. 36: 1-26), whereupon Jeremiah wrote the prophecy again. Jehoiakim was given a dishonorable burial of an ass (Jer. 22: 18 ff.). He was succeeded by his son Jehoiachin, who in turn was succeeded by Zedekiah.