2 Chron 36:1-5 & 2 Kings 23:31-24:4
The history books begin their wrap-up here with a brief treatment of each of the last four kings. The reigns are short, in part, because Judah has lost control over its own affairs. Neco, duly annoyed by Josiah’s interference, takes advantage of that king’s death to handpick Judah’s kings to best meet his needs, deposing Jehoahaz in favor of Jehoiakim. When Neco loses in battle to Nebuchadnezzar, his involvement in Judah’s politics leads naturally to Babylon’s absorption of Judah and destruction of Jerusalem.
We often see punishments for sins as coming from God. More often than not, it seems, punishments are really just consequences for our actions. Instead of seeing God as the initiator of punishment (and therefore pain and, perhaps by extension, evil), this allows us to see Him instead as passive, allowing us the “dignity” of true free will, with all the unfortunate realities that entails.