But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed1 at his prophets until the wrath2 of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.317
He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,a4 who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man5 nor young woman, old man or aged.6 God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar.718
He carried to Babylon all the articles8 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 fire9 to God's temple10 and broke down the wall11 of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed12 everything of value there.1320
He carried into exile14 to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants15 to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power.
The land enjoyed its sabbath rests;16 all the time of its desolation it rested,17 until the seventy years18 were completed in fulfillment of the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah.
In the first year of Cyrus19 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 appointed20 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.' "