2 Chronicles 36
Judah’s Decline1 aThe people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah and made him king in his father’s place in Jerusalem. 2Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 3Then the king of Egypt deposed him in Jerusalem and blaid on the land a tribute of a hundred talents of silver and a talent ▼
▼A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilogramsof gold. 4And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. But Neco took Jehoahaz his brother and carried him to Egypt. 5 dJehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God. 6 eAgainst him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon fand bound him in chains gto take him to Babylon. 7 hNebuchadnezzar also carried part of the vessels of the house of the Lord to Babylon and put them in his palace in Babylon. 8 iNow the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and the abominations that he did, and what was found against him, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place. 9 jJehoiachin was eighteen ▼
▼Septuagint (compare 2 Kings 24:8); most Hebrew manuscripts eightyears old when he became king, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. 10In lthe spring of the year King Nebuchadnezzar sent and brought him to Babylon, mwith the precious vessels of the house of the Lord, and made his brother nZedekiah king over Judah and Jerusalem. 11 oZedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God. He did not humble himself before pJeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the Lord. 13 qHe also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God. rHe stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord, the God of Israel. 14All the officers of the priests and the people likewise were exceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations. And they polluted the house of the Lord that he had made holy in Jerusalem. 15The Lord, the God of their fathers, ssent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 tBut they kept mocking the messengers of God udespising his words and scoffing at his prophets vuntil the wrath of the Lord rose against his people, until there was no remedy.
Jerusalem Captured and Burned17 wTherefore he brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or aged. He gave them all into his hand. 18 xAnd all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his princes, all these he brought to Babylon. 19 yAnd they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem and burned all its palaces with fire and destroyed all its precious vessels. 20He ztook into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, aaand they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, 21to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had abenjoyed its Sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate acit kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.
The Proclamation of Cyrus22 adNow in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia aethat the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled afthe Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: 23“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the Lord his God be with him. Let him go up.’”
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