Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, then Jehoiachin Rule
1 aThen the people° of the land° took° IbJoahaz° 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 aNeco° took° Joahaz° his brother° and brought° him to Egypt°.
5 ¶ aJehoiakim° 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 aagainst° him and bbound° him with bronze° [chains] to take° him to Babylon°. 7 aNebuchadnezzar° also brought° [some] of the articles° of the house° of the LORD° to Babylon° and put° them in his temple° at Babylon°. 8 aNow the rest° of the acts° of Jehoiakim° and Ithe 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°.
 a2K 23:36, 37; Jr 22:13-19; 26:1; 35:1
 a2K 24:1; Jr 25:1-9 b2Ch 33:11
 a2K 24:13
 ILit his a2K 24:5
Captivity in Babylon Begun
10 aAt 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° bZedekiah° king° over° Judah° and Jerusalem°.
Zedekiah Rules in Judah
11 ¶ aZedekiah° 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°; ahe did not humble° himself bbefore°° Jeremiah° the prophet° Iwho spoke° for the LORD°. 13 aHe also° rebelled° against King° Nebuchadnezzar° who° had made him swear° [allegiance] by God°. But bhe 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°.
 a2K 24:18-20; Jr 27:1; 28:1; 52:1
 ILit from the mouth of the LORD a2Ch 33:23 bJr 21:3-7
 aJr 52:3; Ezk 17:15 b2Ch 30:8
15 ¶ The LORD°, the God° of their fathers°, asent° [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] amocked° the messengers° of God°, bdespised° His words° and scoffed° at His prophets°, cuntil° the wrath° of the LORD° arose° against His people°, until° there° was no° remedy°. 17 aTherefore 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 aAll° 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 athey 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 acarried° away° to Babylon°; and bthey were servants° to him and to his sons° until° the rule° of the kingdom° of Persia°, 21 ato fulfill° the word° of the LORD° by the mouth° of Jeremiah°, until° bthe land° had enjoyed° its sabbaths°. cAll° the days° of its desolation° it kept° sabbath° Iduntil seventy° years° were complete°.
 aJr 7:13; 25:3
 a2Ch 30:10; Jr 5:12, 13 bPv 1:24-32 cEzr 5:12
 a2K 25:1-7; Jr 21:1-10
 a2Ch 36:7, 10
 a1K 9:8; 2K 25:9; Jr 52:13
 a2K 25:11 bJr 27:7
 ILit to fulfill seventy years aJr 29:10 bLv 26:34 cLv 25:4 dJr 25:11
Cyrus Permits Return
22 ¶ aNow in the first° year° of Cyrus° king° of Persia°in order to fulfill° the word° of the LORD° bby the mouth° of Jeremiah°the LORD° cstirred° 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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Jehoahaz succeeding is deposed by Pharaoh, and carried into Egypt.
1 ¶ Then the peopleº of the landº tookºª² Jehoahazº the sonº of Josiah,º and made him kingºª in his father's¹ stead²² in Jerusalem.º 2 Jehoahaz¹² [was] twentyº and threeº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª threeº monthsº in Jerusalem.º 3 And the kingº of Egyptº put him downºª at Jerusalem,º and condemnedºª² the landº in an hundredº talentsº of silverº and a talentº of gold.º 4 And the kingº of Egyptº made² Eliakimº his brotherº kingºª over² Judahº and Jerusalem,º and turnedºª² his nameº to Jehoiakim.º And Nechoº tookºª Jehoahaz¹² his brother,º and carriedºª him to Egypt.º
 2K 23:30, 31; 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 26:1; 33:25; Jr 22:11.
 2K 23:33.
 2K 23:34; 1Ch 3:15; Jr 22:10; Ezk 19:3.
Jehoiakim reigning ill is carried bound into Babylon.
5 ¶ Jehoiakimº [was] twentyº and fiveº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª elevenºº yearsº in Jerusalem:º and he didºª [that which was] evilº in the sightº of the LORDº his God.º 6 Against² him came upºª Nebuchadnezzarº kingº of Babylon,º and boundºª him in fetters,º to carry¹ª² him to Babylon.º 7 Nebuchadnezzarº also carriedºª of the vesselsº² of the houseº of the LORDº to Babylon,º and putºª them in his templeº at Babylon.º 8 Now the restº of the actsº of Jehoiakim,º and his abominationsº which² he did,ºª and that which was foundºª in² him, behold,² they [are] writtenºª in² the bookº of the kingsº of Israelº and Judah:º and Jehoiachinº his sonº reignedºª in his stead.²
 2K 23:36; Jr 22:13; 26:21; 36:1, 27.
 2K 24:1, 5, 13; Ezk 19:5; Dn 1:1; Hab 1:5.
 2K 24:13; Ezr 1:7; Jr 27:16; 28:3; Dn 5:2.
 2K 24:5; 1Ch 3:16; Jr 22:24, 28; Mt 1:11.
Jehoiachin succeeding reigneth ill, and is brought into Babylon.
9 ¶ Jehoiachinº [was] eightº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª threeº monthsº and tenº daysº in Jerusalem:º and he didºª [that which was] evilº in the sightº of the LORD.º 10 And when the yearº was expired,º kingº Nebuchadnezzarº sent,ºª and broughtºª him to Babylon,º with² the goodlyº vesselsº of the houseº of the LORD,º and made²² Zedekiahº his brotherº king¹ª over² Judahº and Jerusalem.º
 2K 24:8.
 2K 24:10, 17; 25:27; 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 36:7; Jr 27:18; 29:2; 37:1; Ezk 1:2; Dn 1:1; 5:2, 23.
Zedekiah succeeding reigneth ill, and despiseth the prophets, and rebelleth against Nebuchadnezzar.
11 ¶ Zedekiahº [was] oneº and twentyº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and reignedºª elevenºº yearsº in Jerusalem.º 12 And he didºª [that which was] evilº in the sightº of the LORDº his God,º [and] humbled¹ª not himself²² beforeº² Jeremiahº the prophetº [speaking] from the mouthº² of the LORD.º 13 And he also² rebelledºª against kingº Nebuchadnezzar,º who² had made him swearºª by God:º but he stiffenedºª² his neck,º and hardenedºª² his heartº from turningºª² unto² the LORDº Godº of Israel.º
 2K 24:18; Jr 52:1.
 Ex 10:3; 2Ch 32:26; 33:12, 19, 23; 35:22; Jr 21:1; 27:12; 28:1; 34:2; 37:2; 38:14; Dn 5:22; Jm 4:10; 1P 5:6.
 Ex 8:15, 32; 9:17; Jsh 9:15, 19; 2S 21:2; 2K 17:4; 24:20; Ne 9:16, 29; Is 48:4; Jr 52:2; Ezk 17:11; Ro 2:4; He 3:8, 13.
Jerusalem, for the sins of the priests and people, is wholly destroyed.
14 ¶ Moreover² all² the chiefº of the priests,º and the people,º transgressed¹ª very¹ muchºª²² after all² the abominationsº of the heathen;º and pollutedºª² the houseº of the LORDº which² he had hallowedºª in Jerusalem.º 15 And the LORDº Godº of their fathersº sentºª to² them byº his messengers,º rising up betimes,ºª and sending;ºª because² he had compassionºª on² his people,º and on² his dwelling place:º 16 But they mockedºª² the messengersº of God,º and despisedºª his words,º and misusedºª his prophets,º until² the wrathº of the LORDº aroseºª against his people,º till² [there was] no² remedy.º 17 Therefore he broughtºª upon² them² the kingº of the Chaldees,º who slewºª their young menº with the swordº in the houseº of their sanctuary,º and had no compassionºª² upon² young manº or maiden,º old man,º or him that stooped for age:º he gaveºª [them] all² into his hand.º 18 And all² the vesselsº of the houseº of God,º greatº and small,º and the treasuresº of the houseº of the LORD,º and the treasuresº of the king,º and of his princes;º all² [these] he broughtºª to Babylon.º 19 And they burntºª² the houseº of God,º and brake downºª² the wallº of Jerusalem,º and burntºª all² the palacesº thereof with fire,º and destroyedºª all² the goodlyº vesselsº thereof. 20 And them that had escapedº from² the swordº carried he awayºª to² Babylon;º where they were² servantsº to him and his sonsº until² the reignºª of the kingdomº of Persia:º 21 To fulfilºª the wordº of the LORDº by the mouthº of Jeremiah,º until² the landº had enjoyedºª² her sabbaths:º [for] as long asº² she lay desolateºª she kept sabbath,ºª to fulfilºª threescore and tenº years.º
 2K 16:10; 2Ch 28:3; 33:4, 9; Ezr 9:7; Jr 5:5; 37:13; 38:4; Ezk 8:5; 22:6, 26; Dn 9:6, 8; Mi 3:1, 9; 7:2; Zp 3:3.
 Jg 10:16; 2K 13:23; 17:13; 2Ch 24:18; 33:10; Jr 25:3; 26:5; 35:15; 44:4; Ho 11:8; Lk 19:41.
 2Ch 30:10; Ps 35:16; 74:1; 79:1; Pv 1:24; 6:15; 29:1; Is 28:22; Jr 5:12; 20:7; 32:3; 38:6; Mt 5:12; 21:33; Lk 16:14; 18:32; 22:63; 23:11, 36; Ac 2:13; 7:52; 13:41; 17:32; 1Th 4:8; He 11:36.
 Lv 26:14; Dt 28:15, 49, 50; 29:18; 30:18; 31:16; 32:15; 2K 24:2; 25:1; 2Ch 24:21; 33:11; Ezr 9:7; Ps 74:20; 79:2; Jr 15:8, 9; 18:21; 32:42; 39:1; 40:3; 52:1; Lm 2:20, 21; Ezk 9:5; Dn 9:14; Lk 13:1.
 2K 20:13; 25:13; 2Ch 36:7, 10; Is 39:6; Jr 27:18; 52:17; Dn 5:3; Zc 1:6.
 2K 25:9, 10; Ps 74:4; 79:1, 7; Is 64:10; Jr 7:4, 14; 52:13, 14; Lm 4:1; Mi 3:12; Lk 21:6.
 Dt 28:47; 2Ch 36:22; Ezr 1:1; Jr 27:7.
 Lv 25:4; 26:34, 43; Jr 25:9, 12; 26:6; 27:12; 29:10; Dn 9:2; Zc 1:4, 12.
The proclamation of Cyrus.
22 ¶ Now in the firstº yearº of Cyrusº kingº of Persia,º that the wordº of the LORDº [spoken] by the mouthº of Jeremiahº might be accomplished,ºª the LORDº stirred upºª² the spiritº of Cyrusº kingº of Persia,º that he made a proclamationººª throughout all² his kingdom,º and [put it] also² in writing,º saying,ºª 23 Thus² saithºª Cyrusº kingº of Persia,º All² the kingdomsº of the earthº hath the LORDº Godº of heavenº givenºª me; and he² hath chargedºª² me to buildºª him an houseº in Jerusalem,º which² [is] in Judah.º Who² [is there] among you of all²² his people?º The LORDº his Godº [be] with² him, and let him go up.ºª
 1S 26:19; 1K 11:14, 23; 1Ch 5:26; 2Ch 21:16; 24:9; 30:5; 36:21; Ezr 1:1, 5; Is 13:3, 17; 44:28; 45:1; Jr 25:12, 14; 29:10; 32:42; 33:10; Dn 10:1; Hg 1:14; He 10:23.
 1Ch 22:16; 29:5; Ezr 7:13; Ps 75:5; Is 44:26; Dn 2:21, 37; 4:35; 5:18, 23; Zc 2:6; Ro 8:31.
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