Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, then Jehoiachin Rule
1 Then R776 the people of the land took Joahaz R777 F332 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 Neco R778 took Joahaz his brother and brought him to Egypt.
5 Jehoiakim R779 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 against R780 him and bound R781 him with bronze chains to take him to Babylon. 7 Nebuchadnezzar R782 also brought some of the articles of the house of the LORD to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon. 8 Now R783 the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim and the F333 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 Jehoiachin R784 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 At R785 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 R786 king over Judah and Jerusalem.
Zedekiah Rules in Judah
11 Zedekiah R787 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; he R788 did not humble himself before R789 Jeremiah the prophet who F334 spoke for the LORD. 13 He R790 also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar who had made him swear allegiance by God. But he R791 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 R792 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 R793 the messengers of God, despised R794 His words and scoffed at His prophets, until R795 the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy. 17 Therefore R796 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 R797 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 R798 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 R799 away to Babylon; and they R800 were servants to him and to his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to R801 fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the R802 land had enjoyed its sabbaths. All R803 the days of its desolation it kept sabbath until R804 F335 seventy years were complete.
Cyrus Permits Return
22 Now R805 in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia--in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by R806 the mouth of Jeremiah--the LORD stirred R807 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!' "
F332: I.e. short form of Jehoahaz
F333: Lit his
F334: Lit from the mouth of the L\ORD/
F335: Lit to fulfill seventy years
R776: 2 Kings 23:30-34
R777: Jeremiah 22:11
R778: Jeremiah 22:10-12
R779: 2 Kings 23:36,37; Jeremiah 22:13-19; 26:1; 35:1
R780: 2 Kings 24:1; Jeremiah 25:1-9
R781: 2 Chronicles 33:11
R782: 2 Kings 24:13
R783: 2 Kings 24:5
R784: 2 Kings 24:8-17
R785: 2 Samuel 11:1; Jeremiah 22:25; 24:1; 29:1; Ezekiel 17:12
R786: Jeremiah 37:1
R787: 2 Kings 24:18-20; Jeremiah 27:1; 28:1; 52:1
R788: 2 Chronicles 33:23
R789: Jeremiah 21:3-7
R790: Jeremiah 52:3; Ezekiel 17:15
R791: 2 Chronicles 30:8
R792: Jeremiah 7:13; 25:3
R793: 2 Chronicles 30:10; Jeremiah 5:12,13
R794: Proverbs 1:24-32
R795: Ezra 5:12
R796: 2 Kings 25:1-7; Jeremiah 21:1-10
R797: 2 Chronicles 36:7,10
R798: 1 Kings 9:8; 2 Kings 25:9; Jeremiah 52:13
R799: 2 Kings 25:11
R800: Jeremiah 27:7
R801: Jeremiah 29:10
R802: Leviticus 26:34
R803: Leviticus 25:4
R804: Jeremiah 25:11
R805: Ezra 1:1-3
R806: Jeremiah 25:12; 29:10
R807: Isaiah 44:28