Zedekiah1 was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years.
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD 2 his God and did not humble3 himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD.
He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath4 in God's name. He became stiff-necked5 and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD, the God of Israel.
Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful,6 following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the LORD, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.
The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers7 again and again,8 because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed9 at his prophets until the wrath10 of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.1117
He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,a12 who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man13 nor young woman, old man or aged.14 God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar.1518
He carried to Babylon all the articles16 from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the LORD's temple and the treasures of the king and his officials.
They set fire17 to God's temple18 and broke down the wall19 of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed20 everything of value there.2120
He carried into exile22 to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants23 to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power.
The land enjoyed its sabbath rests;24 all the time of its desolation it rested,25 until the seventy years26 were completed in fulfillment of the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah.