The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers1 again and again,2 because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed3 at his prophets until the wrath4 of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.517
He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,a6 who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man7 nor young woman, old man or aged.8 God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar.918
He carried to Babylon all the articles10 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 fire11 to God's temple12 and broke down the wall13 of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed14 everything of value there.1520
He carried into exile16 to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants17 to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power.
The land enjoyed its sabbath rests;18 all the time of its desolation it rested,19 until the seventy years20 were completed in fulfillment of the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah.
In the first year of Cyrus21 king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing:
"This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: " 'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed22 me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you--may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.' "