2 Chronicles 36
36 1Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and
made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.
2Joahaz was twenty and
three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in
3And the king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem, and fined the
land a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4And the king of
Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his
name to Jehoiakim. And Neco took Joahaz his brother, and carried him to
5Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign;
and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in
the sight of Jehovah his God.
6Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
7Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of Jehovah to
Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
8Now 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 Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.
9Jehoiachin was eight years
old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months and ten days in
Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah.
at the return of the year king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to
Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of Jehovah, and made Zedekiah
his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.
11Zedekiah was twenty and one
years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem:
12and he did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah his God; he
humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the
mouth of Jehovah.
13And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who
had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart
against turning unto Jehovah, the God of Israel.
14Moreover all the
chiefs of the priests, and the people, trespassed very greatly after all the
abominations of the nations; and they polluted the house of Jehovah which he
had hallowed in Jerusalem.
15And Jehovah, the God of their fathers, sent
to them by his messengers, rising up early and sending, because he had
compassion on his people, and on his dwelling-place:
16but they mocked
the messengers of God, and despised his words, and scoffed at his prophets,
until the wrath of Jehovah arose against his people, till there was no
17Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldeans, who
slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had
no compassion upon young man or virgin, old man or hoary-headed: he gave them
all into his hand.
18And all the vessels of the house of God, great and
small, and the treasures of the house of Jehovah, and the treasures of the
king, and of his princes, all these he brought to Babylon.
burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all
the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
20And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon;
and they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of
21to fulfil the word of Jehovah by the mouth of Jeremiah, until
the land had enjoyed its sabbaths: for as long as it lay desolate it
kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
22Now in the first year
of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of Jehovah by the mouth of Jeremiah
might be accomplished, Jehovah stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia,
so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it
also in writing, saying,
23Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the
kingdoms of the earth hath Jehovah, the God of heaven, given me; and he hath
charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whosoever
there is among you of all his people, Jehovah his God be with him, and let
him go up.