Zedekiah king of Judah
11 Zedekiah was 21 years old when he started to rule. And he ruled in Jerusalem for 11 years. 12 He did very wrong things that the Lord his God did not like. Jeremiah the prophet spoke the Lord's words to him. But he did not make himself humble when he listened to them. 13 King Nebuchadnezzar had caused Zedekiah to promise in God's name that he would obey Nebuchadnezzar. But he decided not to obey Nebuchadnezzar. And he became proud and he would not change his mind. And so he would not turn to the Lord, Israel's God. 14 Also, all the leaders of the priests and the people were not obeying the Lord. They were always worshipping all the very bad idols that the people in other nations worshipped. The Lord had made the temple in Jerusalem holy. But they spoiled it by the things that they did.
36:11Zedekiah was a son of Josiah. He became king at the age of 21 in about 597 BC. He was the last of the 20 rulers of the kingdom called Judah.