¶ And the people of the land took Iehoahaz the son of Iosiah and made him king for his father in Ierusalem. And Iehoahaz was twenty three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Ierusalem. For the king of Egypt put him down at Ierusalem and merced the land in an hundredth talents of silver and a talent of gold. And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king upon Iuda and Ierusalem, and turned his name unto Iehoiakim, but Iehoahaz his brother Necho took and carried him to Egypt. And Iehoakim was twenty five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned an eleven years in Ierusalem: and he did that displeased the LORD his God. Against him came Nabuchodonozor king of Babylon and bound him in fetters to carry him to Babylon. Thereto the king Nabuchodonozor carried off the vessels of the house of the LORD to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon. The rest of the acts of Iehoiakim, and his Abominations, and that was laid to his charge, are written in the book of the kings of Israel: and Iehoiacin his son reigned in his stead. Iehoiacin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Ierusalem: and did that displeased the LORD. And when the year was out, king Nabuchodonozor sent and fetched him to Babylon with the goodly vessels of the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Iuda and Ierusalem.
¶ And Zedekiah was twenty one years old when he began to reign, and reigned a eleven years in Ierusalem. And he did that displeased the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Ieremiah the prophet at the mouth of the LORD. And thereto he rebelled against Nabuchodonozor which had received an oath of him by God, and was too stiff necked and too hard hearted to turn unto the LORD God of Israel. Thereto all the rulers of the priests with the people trespassed apace after all manner of abominations of the heathen and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Ierusalem. And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, sending them betimes: for he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God and despised their words and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD so arose against his people that it was past remedy. And so he brought upon them the king of Caldeye and slew their young men with the sword in their holy temple, and neither spared young man nor maiden, neither old man, neither so much as him that stooped for age: But gave all into his hand. And all the vessels of the house of God both great and small, and the treasures of the house of GOD, and the treasures of the king and his lords he carried to Babylon every whit. And they burnt the house of God and brake down the walls of Ierusalem and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire with all the goodly stuff thereof, and marred it. And he carried away them that had escaped the sword, to Babylon, where they were servants to him and his children, until the kingdom of Persia began to rule, to fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Ieremiah, until the land had her pleasure of her Sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate, she kept Sabbath until she had fulfilled seventy years.
¶ And the first year of Cyrus king of Persia to finish the word of the LORD by the mouth of Ieremiah, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation thorowout all this kingdom, and thereto to set it up in writing, saying: Thus sayeth Cyrus king of Persia, all the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me, which hath charged me to build him an house in Ierusalem that is in the land of Iuda. Wherefore whosoever is among you of all his people, the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.