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Bab­ylon at that time. And Neb­u­chad­nez­zar installed Je­hoi­a­chin’s uncle,
Zed­e­ki­ah, as the next king in Ju­dah and Je­ru­sa­lem.
Zed­e­ki­ah was t­ wenty-­one years old when he became king, and he reigned
in Je­ru­sa­lem eleven years. But Zed­e­ki­ah did what was evil in the sight of
the Lord his God, and he refused to humble himself when the prophet
Jer­e­mi­ah spoke to him directly from the Lord. He also rebelled against
King Neb­u­chad­nez­zar, even though he had taken an oath of loyalty in
God’s name. Zed­e­ki­ah was a hard and stubborn man, refusing to turn to
the Lord, the God of Is­ra­el.
Likewise, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and
more unfaithful. They followed all the pagan practices of the surrounding
nations, desecrating the Temple of the Lord that had been consecrated
in Je­ru­sa­lem.
The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets
to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple. But
the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words.
They scoffed at the prophets until the Lord’s anger could no longer be
restrained and nothing could be done.
So the Lord brought the king of Bab­ylon against them. The Bab­ylonians
killed Ju­dah’s young men, even chasing after them into the Temple. They
had no pity on the people, killing both young men and young women,
the old and the infirm. God handed all of them over to Neb­u­chad­nez­
zar. The king took home to Bab­ylon all the articles, large and small, used
in the Temple of God, and the treasures from both the Lord’s Temple and
from the palace of the king and his officials. Then his army burned the
Temple of God, tore down the walls of Je­ru­sa­lem, burned all the palaces,
and completely destroyed every­thing of value. The few who survived were
taken as exiles to Bab­ylon, and they became servants to the king and his
sons until the kingdom of Per­sia came to power.
So the message of the Lord spoken through Jer­e­mi­ah was fulfilled. The
land finally enjoyed its Sab­bath rest, lying desolate until the seventy years
were fulfilled, just as the prophet had said.
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