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2 Chronicles 36 (New American Standard)

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Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, then Jehoiachin Rule

1 1Then the people of the land took a2Joahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in place of his father in Jerusalem. 2 Joahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 3 Then the king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem, and imposed on the land a fine of one hundred talents of silver and one talent of gold. 4 The king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. But 3Neco took Joahaz his brother and brought him to Egypt. 5 4Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and he did evil in the sight of the LORD his God. 6 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up 5against him and 6bound him with bronze chains to take him to Babylon. 7 7Nebuchadnezzar also brought some of the articles of the house of the LORD to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon. 8 8Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim and bthe abominations which he did, and what was found against him, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin his son became king in his place. 9 9Jehoiachin was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem, and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.

Captivity in Babylon Begun

10 10At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar sent and brought him to Babylon with the valuable articles of the house of the LORD, and he made his kinsman 11Zedekiah king over Judah and Jerusalem.

Zedekiah Rules in Judah

11 12Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12 He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God; 13he did not humble himself 14before Jeremiah the prophet cwho spoke for the LORD. 13 15He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar who had made him swear allegiance by God. But 16he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD God of Israel. 14 Furthermore, all the officials of the priests and the people were very unfaithful following all the abominations of the nations; and they defiled the house of the LORD which He had sanctified in Jerusalem. 15 The LORD, the God of their fathers, 17sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place; 16 but they continually 18mocked the messengers of God, 19despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, 20until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy. 17 21Therefore He brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or infirm; He gave them all into his hand. 18 22All the articles 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 officers, he brought them all to Babylon. 19 Then 23they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned all its fortified buildings with fire and destroyed all its valuable articles. 20 Those who had escaped from the sword he 24carried away to Babylon; and 25they were servants to him and to his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 26to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until 27the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. 28All the days of its desolation it kept sabbath d29until seventy years were complete.

Cyrus Permits Return

22 30Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia -in order to fulfill the word of the LORD 31by the mouth of Jeremiah -the LORD 32stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, 23 "Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, 'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!' "
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