2 Chronicles 36 ©
Jehoahaz succeeding Josiah is deposed by Pharaoh-necho, and carried into Egypt: Jehoiakim is made king. Jehoiakim reigning wickedly is bound in fetters by Nebuchadnezzar, who carrieth part of the vessels of the temple to Babylon. Jehoiachin is made king, and after a year's reign carried to Babylon with other vessels of the temple: Zedekiah is made king in his stead. Zedekiah reigneth wickedly, despiseth the admonitions of Jeremiah, and rebelleth against Nebuchadnezzar. The sins of the priests and of the people cause the utter destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldees, and the desolation of the land for seventy years. The proclamation of Cyrus for building the temple
THEN the people of the land took 1Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's *stead in Jerusalem.
Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
And the king of Egypt 2put him down at Jerusalem, and 3condemned the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and ehis 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 5Jehoiachin his son reigned in his *stead.
¶fJehoiachin 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 the LORD.
And 6when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the 7goodly vessels of the house of the LORD, and made 8Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.
Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young nmen with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.
¶Now uin the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of vJeremiah might be accomplished, wthe LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a xproclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of ythe earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to zbuild him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. aWho is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.