Upon the death of Josiah, which we have already mentioned, his son,
Jehoahaz by name, took the kingdom, being about twenty-three years old.
He reigned in Jerusalem; and his mother was Hamutal, of the city Libhah.
He was an impious man, and impure in his course of life; but as the king
of Egypt returned from the battle, he sent for Jehoahaz to come to him,
to the city called Hamath
which belongs to Syria; and when he was come, he put him in bands, and
delivered the kingdom to a brother of his, by the father's side, whose
name was Eliakim, and changed his name to Jehoiakim and laid a tribute
upon the land of a hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold; and
this sum of money Jehoiakim paid by way of tribute; but Neco carried away
Jehoahaz into Egypt, where he died when he had reigned three months and
ten days. Now Jehoiakim's mother was called Zebudah, of the city Rumah.
He was of a wicked disposition, and ready to do mischief; nor was he either
religions towards God, or good-natured towards men.