Also called Coniah (Jer. 22: 24); he began to reign over Judah at the age of 18 in 597 BCE and soon afterwards surrendered to the Babylonians (2 Kgs. 24: 12) but in 561 BCE had his status in captivity raised (2 Kgs. 25: 27–30; Jer. 52: 31–4) and his fortunes reversed.

His capture and departure are attested in the Babylonian Chronicles just before they end at 594 BCE.