He carried to Babylon all the articles1 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 fire2 to God's temple3 and broke down the wall4 of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed5 everything of value there.620
He carried into exile7 to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants8 to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power.
The land enjoyed its sabbath rests;9 all the time of its desolation it rested,10 until the seventy years11 were completed in fulfillment of the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah.
In the first year of Cyrus12 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 appointed13 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.' "