and the things now recited, are reported in the book of the kings of Israel and Judea.
 And the people
took Joachaz the son of Josias, and made him king instead of Josias his father, when he was twenty
and three years old.
 And he reigned in Judea and in Jerusalem three months: and then the king
of Egypt deposed him from reigning in Jerusalem.
 And he set a tax upon the land of an hundred
talents of silver and one talent of gold.
 The king of Egypt also made king Joacim his brother king of
Judea and Jerusalem.
 And he bound Joacim and the nobles: but Zaraces his brother he apprehended,
and brought him out of Egypt.
 Five and twenty years old was Joacim when he was made king in the
land of Judea and Jerusalem; and he did evil before the Lord.
 Wherefore against him Nabuchodonosor
the king of Babylon came up, and bound him with a chain of brass, and carried him into Babylon.
Nabuchodonosor also took of the holy vessels of the Lord, and carried them away, and set them in his
own temple at Babylon.
 But those things that are recorded of him, and of his uncleaness and impiety,
are written in the chronicles of the kings.
 And Joacim his son reigned in his stead: he was made
king being eighteen years old;
 And reigned but three months and ten days in Jerusalem; and did evil
before the Lord.
 So after a year Nabuchodonosor sent and caused him to be brought into Babylon
with the holy vessels of the Lord;
 And made Zedechias king of Judea and Jerusalem, when he was
one and twenty years old; and he reigned eleven years:
 And he did evil also in the sight of the Lord,
and cared not for the words that were spoken unto him by the prophet Jeremy from the mouth of the
 And after that king Nabuchodonosor had made him to swear by the name of the Lord, he forswore
himself, and rebelled; and hardening his neck, his heart, he transgressed the laws of the Lord God of
 The governors also of the people and of the priests did many things against the laws, and
passed all the pollutions of all nations, and defiled the temple of the Lord, which was sanctified in Jerusalem.
Nevertheless the God of their fathers sent by his messenger to call them back, because he spared them
and his tabernacle also.
 But they had his messengers in derision; and, look, when the Lord spake
unto them, they made a sport of his prophets:
 So far forth, that he, being wroth with his people for
their great ungodliness, commanded the kings of the Chaldees to come up against them;
 Who slew
their young men with the sword, yea, even within the compass of their holy temple, and spared neither
young man nor maid, old man nor child, among them; for he delivered all into their hands.
 And they
took all the holy vessels of the Lord, both great and small, with the vessels of the ark of God, and the
king's treasures, and carried them away into Babylon.
 As for the house of the Lord, they burnt it,
and brake down the walls of Jerusalem, and set fire upon her towers:
 And as for her glorious things,
they never ceased till they had consumed and brought them all to nought: and the people that were not
slain with the sword he carried unto Babylon:
 Who became servants to him and his children, till the
Persians reigned, to fulfil the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremy:
 Until the land had
enjoyed her sabbaths, the whole time of her desolation shall she rest, until the full term of seventy years.
 In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, that the word of the Lord might be accomplished, that
he had promised by the mouth of Jeremy;
 The Lord raised up the spirit of Cyrus the king of the Persians,
and he made proclamation through all his kingdom, and also by writing,
 Saying, Thus saith Cyrus
king of the Persians; The Lord of Israel, the most high Lord, hath made me king of the whole world,
And commanded me to build him an house at Jerusalem in Jewry.
 If therefore there be any of you
that are of his people, let the Lord, even his Lord, be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem that is in
Judea, and build the house of the Lord of Israel: for he is the Lord that dwelleth in Jerusalem.
then dwell in the places about, let them help him, those, I say, that are his neighbours, with gold, and
 With gifts, with horses, and with cattle, and other things, which have been set forth by vow,
for the temple of the Lord at Jerusalem.
 Then the chief of the families of Judea and of the tribe of
Benjamin stood up; the priests also, and the Levites, and all they whose mind the Lord had moved to
go up, and to build an house for the Lord at Jerusalem,
 And they that dwelt round about them, and
helped them in all things with silver and gold, with horses and cattle, and with very many free gifts of a
great number whose minds were stirred up thereto.
 King Cyrus also brought forth the holy vessels,
which Nabuchodonosor had carried away from Jerusalem, and had set up in his temple of idols.
Now when Cyrus king of the Persians had brought them forth, he delivered them to Mithridates his treasurer:
And by him they were delivered to Sanabassar the governor of Judea.
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