Then the people of the landtookJehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.2Jehoahaz was twenty and threeyearsold when he began to reign , and he reignedthreemonths in Jerusalem.3
And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in an hundredtalents of silver and a talent of gold.4
And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brotherking over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And NechotookJehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.5Jehoiakim was twenty and fiveyearsold when he began to reign , and he reignedelevenyears in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God.6
Against him came upNebuchadnezzarking of Babylon, and bound him in fetters,a to carry him to Babylon.7Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.8
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did , and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachinb his sonreigned in his stead.
9Jehoiachin was eightyearsold when he began to reign , and he reignedthreemonths and tendays in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.10
And when the year was expired,kingNebuchadnezzarsent , and brought him to Babylon, with the goodlyvessels of the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brotherking over Judah and Jerusalem.11Zedekiah was one and twentyyearsold when he began to reign , and reignedelevenyears in Jerusalem.12
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself beforeJeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD.13
And he also rebelled against kingNebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORDGod of Israel.14
Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people,transgressedverymuch after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.15
And the LORDGod of their fatherssent to them byc his messengers, rising up betimes , and sending ; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:16
But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORDarose against his people, till there was no remedy.d17
Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.18
And 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
And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodlyvessels thereof.
And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:21
To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath , to fulfil threescore and tenyears.22
Now in the firstyear of Cyrusking of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished , the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrusking of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing,saying ,
Thus saithCyrusking of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORDGod of heavengiven me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up .