11Then the people of the landtooka2Joahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in place of his father in Jerusalem.
2Joahaz was twenty-threeyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedthreemonths in Jerusalem.
Then the king of Egyptdeposed him at Jerusalem, and imposed on the land a fine of one hundredtalents of silver and one talent of gold.
The king of EgyptmadeEliakim his brotherkingoverJudah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. But 3NecotookJoahaz his brother and brought him to Egypt.
54Jehoiakim was twenty-fiveyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedelevenyears in Jerusalem; and he didevil in the sight of the LORD his God.
6Nebuchadnezzarking of Babyloncame up 5against him and 6bound him with bronze chains to take him to Babylon.
77Nebuchadnezzar also brought some of the articles of the house of the LORD to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon.
88Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim and bthe abominationswhich he did, and what was foundagainst him, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin his sonbecameking in his place.
99Jehoiachin was eightyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedthreemonths and tendays in Jerusalem, and he didevil in the sight of the LORD.
1112Zedekiah was twenty-oneyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedelevenyears in Jerusalem.
He didevil in the sight of the LORD his God; 13he did not humble himself 14beforeJeremiah the prophetcwho spoke for the LORD.
1315He alsorebelled against KingNebuchadnezzarwho had made him swear allegiance by God. But 16he stiffened his neck and hardened his heartagainstturning to the LORDGod of Israel.
14Furthermore, all the officials of the priests and the people were veryunfaithful following all the abominations of the nations; and they defiled the house of the LORDwhich He had sanctified in Jerusalem.
The LORD, the God of their fathers, 17sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He hadcompassion on His people and on His dwellingplace;
but they continually 18mocked the messengers of God, 19despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, 20until the wrath of the LORDarose against His people, untilthere was noremedy.
1721Therefore He brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans who slew their youngmen with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and hadnocompassion on youngman or virgin, oldman or infirm; He gave them all into his hand.
1822All 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.
Then 23they burned the house of God and brokedown the wall of Jerusalem, and burnedall its fortifiedbuildings with fire and destroyedall its valuablearticles.
20Those who had escaped from the sword he 24carriedaway to Babylon; and 25they were servants to him and to his sonsuntil the rule of the kingdom of Persia,
2126to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until27the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. 28All the days of its desolation it keptsabbathd29until seventyyears were complete.
2230Now in the firstyear of Cyrusking of Persia -in order to fulfill the word of the LORD31by the mouth of Jeremiah -the LORD32stirred up the spirit of Cyrusking of Persia, so that he sent a proclamationthroughout his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,
23"ThussaysCyrusking 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!' "