2 Chronicles 36 New American Standard Bible

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The Reign and Dethronement of Jehoahaz

36 Then the people of the land took Joahaz the son of Josiah , and made him king in place of his father in Jerusalem . 2  Joahaz was twenty-three e 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 Neco took Joahaz his brother and brought him to Egypt .

The Reign of Jehoiakim

5  Jehoiakim was twenty-five e years old when he became king , and he reigned eleven e years in Jerusalem ; and he did evil in the sight of the Lord his God . 6  Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him and bound him with bronze chains to take him to Babylon . 7  Nebuchadnezzar also brought some of the articles 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 the 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 .

Jehoiachin Taken Captive to Babylon

9  Jehoiachin 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 . 10  At 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 Zedekiah king over Judah and Jerusalem .

The Reign of Zedekiah

11  Zedekiah was twenty-one e years old when he became king , and he reigned eleven e years in Jerusalem . 12  He did evil in the sight of the Lord his God ; he did not humble himself before e Jeremiah the prophet who spoke for the Lord . 13  He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar who had made him swear allegiance by God . But he 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 , sent 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 mocked the messengers of God , despised His words and scoffed at His prophets , until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people , until there was no remedy .

The Captivity of Judah

17  Therefore 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  All 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 they 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 carried away to Babylon ; and they were servants to him and to his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia , 21  to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah , until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths . All the days of its desolation it kept sabbath until seventy years were complete .

The Proclamation of Cyrus

22  Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia -in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah -the Lord stirred 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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