36 The people of the land took Jehoahaz son of Josiah and made him king in his father’s place in Jerusalem. 1 2 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 3 The king of Egypt prevented him from ruling in Jerusalem and imposed on the land a special tax 2 of one hundred talents 3 of silver and a talent of gold. 4 The king of Egypt made Jehoahaz’s 4 brother Eliakim king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. Necho seized his brother Jehoahaz and took him to Egypt.
5 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned for eleven years in Jerusalem. 5 He did evil in the sight of 6 the Lord his God. 6 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked him, 7 bound him with bronze chains, and carried him away 8 to Babylon. 7 Nebuchadnezzar took some of the items in the Lord’s temple to Babylon and put them in his palace 9 there. 10
8 The rest of the events of Jehoiakim’s reign, including the horrible sins he committed and his shortcomings, are recorded in the Scroll of the Kings of Israel and Judah. 11 His son Jehoiachin replaced him as king.
9 Jehoiachin was eighteen 12 years old when he became king, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem. 13 He did evil in the sight of 14 the Lord. 10 At the beginning of the year King Nebuchadnezzar ordered him to be brought 15 to Babylon, along with the valuable items in the Lord’s temple. In his place he made his relative 16 Zedekiah king over Judah and Jerusalem.
11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he ruled for eleven years in Jerusalem. 17 12 He did evil in the sight of 18 the Lord his God. He did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, the Lord’s spokesman. 13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him vow allegiance 19 in the name of God. He was stubborn and obstinate, and refused to return 20 to the Lord God of Israel. 14 All the leaders of the priests and people became more unfaithful and committed the same horrible sins practiced by the nations. 21 They defiled the Lord’s temple which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.
15 The Lord God of their ancestors 22 continually warned them through his messengers, 23 for he felt compassion for his people and his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his warnings, 24 and ridiculed his prophets. 25 Finally the Lord got very angry at his people and there was no one who could prevent his judgment. 26 17 He brought against them the king of the Babylonians, who slaughtered 27 their young men in their temple. 28 He did not spare 29 young men or women, or even the old and aging. God 30 handed everyone over to him. 18 He carried away to Babylon all the items in God’s temple, whether large or small, as well as what was in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the king and his officials. 19 They burned down the Lord’s temple and tore down the wall of Jerusalem. 31 They burned all its fortified buildings and destroyed all its valuable items. 20 He deported to Babylon all who escaped the sword. They served him and his sons until the Persian kingdom rose to power. 21 This took place to fulfill the Lord’s message delivered through Jeremiah. 32 The land experienced 33 its sabbatical years; 34 it remained desolate for seventy years, 35 as prophesied. 36
22 In the first year of the reign of 37 King Cyrus of Persia, in fulfillment of the promise he delivered through Jeremiah, 38 the Lord moved 39 King Cyrus of Persia to issue a written decree throughout his kingdom. 23 It read: “This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: ‘The Lord God of the heavens has given to me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build for him a temple in Jerusalem 40 in Judah. May the Lord your God energize you who belong to his people, so you may be able to go back there!” 41
1 In the first 2 year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order to fulfill the Lord’s message 3 spoken through 4 Jeremiah, 5 the Lord stirred the mind 6 of King Cyrus of Persia. He disseminated 7 a proclamation 8 throughout his entire kingdom, announcing in a written edict 9 the following: 10
2 “Thus says King Cyrus of Persia:
“‘The Lord God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has instructed me to build a temple 11 for him in Jerusalem, 12 which is in Judah. 3 Anyone from 13 his people among you (may his God be with him!) may go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and may build the temple of the Lord God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem. 4 Anyone who survives in any of those places where he is a resident foreigner must be helped by his neighbors 14 with silver, gold, equipment, and animals, along with voluntary offerings for the temple of God which is in Jerusalem.’”
5 Then the leaders 15 of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and the Levites – all those whose mind God had stirred – got ready 16 to go up in order to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. 17 6 All their neighbors assisted 18 them with silver utensils, 19 gold, equipment, animals, and expensive gifts, not to mention 20 all the voluntary offerings.
7 Then King Cyrus brought out the vessels of the Lord’s temple which Nebuchadnezzar had brought from Jerusalem and had displayed 21 in the temple of his gods. 8 King Cyrus of Persia entrusted 22 them to 23 Mithredath 24 the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar 25 the leader of the Judahite exiles. 26
9 The inventory 27 of these items was as follows:
30 gold basins, 28
1,000 silver basins,
29 silver utensils, 29
10 30 gold bowls,
410 other 30 silver bowls,
and 1,000 other vessels.
11 All these gold and silver vessels totaled 5,400. 31 Sheshbazzar brought them all along when the captives were brought up from Babylon to Jerusalem.
2 These are the people 2 of the province who were going up, 3 from the captives of the exile whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had forced into exile in Babylon. They returned to Jerusalem 4 and Judah, each to his own city. 2 They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.
The number of Israelites 5 was as follows: 6
3 the descendants 7 of Parosh: 2,172;
4 the descendants of Shephatiah: 372;
5 the descendants of Arah: 775;
6 the descendants of Pahath-Moab (from the line 8 of Jeshua and 9 Joab): 2,812;
7 the descendants of Elam: 1,254;
8 the descendants of Zattu: 945;
9 the descendants of Zaccai: 760;
10 the descendants of Bani: 642;
11 the descendants of Bebai: 623;
12 the descendants of Azgad: 1,222;
13 the descendants of Adonikam: 666;
14 the descendants of Bigvai: 2,056;
15 the descendants of Adin: 454;
16 the descendants of Ater (through 10 Hezekiah): 98;
17 the descendants of Bezai: 323;
18 the descendants of Jorah: 112;
19 the descendants of Hashum: 223;
20 the descendants of Gibbar: 95.
21 The men 11 of Bethlehem: 12 123;
22 the men of Netophah: 56;
23 the men of Anathoth: 128;
24 the men of the family 13 of Azmaveth: 42;
25 the men of Kiriath Jearim, 14 Kephirah and Beeroth: 743;
26 the men of Ramah and Geba: 621;
27 the men of Micmash: 122;
28 the men of Bethel 15 and Ai: 223;
29 the descendants of Nebo: 52;
30 the descendants of Magbish: 156;
31 the descendants of the other Elam: 1,254;
32 the descendants of Harim: 320;
33 the men of Lod, Hadid, and Ono: 725;
34 the men of Jericho: 16 345;
35 the descendants of Senaah: 3,630.
36 The priests: the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family 17 of Jeshua): 973;
37 the descendants of Immer: 1,052;
38 the descendants of Pashhur: 1,247;
39 the descendants of Harim: 1,017.
40 The Levites: the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel (through the line of Hodaviah): 74.
41 The singers: the descendants of Asaph: 128.
42 The gatekeepers: 18 the descendants of Shallum, the descendants of Ater, the descendants of Talmon, the descendants of Akkub, the descendants of Hatita, and the descendants of Shobai: 139.
43 The temple servants: the descendants of Ziha, the descendants of Hasupha, the descendants of Tabbaoth, 44 the descendants of Keros, the descendants of Siaha, the descendants of Padon, 45 the descendants of Lebanah, the descendants of Hagabah, the descendants of Akkub, 46 the descendants of Hagab, the descendants of Shalmai, 19 the descendants of Hanan, 47 the descendants of Giddel, the descendants of Gahar, the descendants of Reaiah, 48 the descendants of Rezin, the descendants of Nekoda, the descendants of Gazzam, 49 the descendants of Uzzah, the descendants of Paseah, the descendants of Besai, 50 the descendants of Asnah, the descendants of Meunim, the descendants of Nephussim, 51 the descendants of Bakbuk, the descendants of Hakupha, the descendants of Harhur, 52 the descendants of Bazluth, the descendants of Mehida, the descendants of Harsha, 53 the descendants of Barkos, the descendants of Sisera, the descendants of Temah, 54 the descendants of Neziah, and the descendants of Hatipha.
55 The descendants of the servants of Solomon: the descendants of Sotai, the descendants of Hassophereth, the descendants of Peruda, 56 the descendants of Jaala, the descendants of Darkon, the descendants of Giddel, 57 the descendants of Shephatiah, the descendants of Hattil, the descendants of Pokereth-Hazzebaim, and the descendants of Ami.
58 All the temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon: 392.
59 These are the ones that came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer (although they were unable to certify 20 their family connection 21 or their ancestry, 22 as to whether they really were from Israel):
60 the descendants of Delaiah, the descendants of Tobiah, and the descendants of Nekoda: 652.
61 And from among 23 the priests: the descendants of Hobaiah, the descendants of Hakkoz, and the descendants of Barzillai (who had taken a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by that 24 name). 62 They 25 searched for their records in the genealogical materials, but did not find them. 26 They were therefore excluded 27 from the priesthood. 63 The governor 28 instructed them not to eat any of the sacred food until there was a priest who could consult 29 the Urim and Thummim.
64 The entire group numbered 42,360, 30 65 not counting 31 their male and female servants, who numbered 7,337. They also had 200 male and female singers 66 and 736 horses, 245 mules, 67 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys. 68 When they came to the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders 32 offered voluntary offerings for the temple of God in order to rebuild 33 it on its site. 69 As they were able, 34 they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 drachmas 35 of gold, 5,000 minas 36 of silver, and 100 priestly robes. 37
70 The priests, the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants lived in their towns, and all the rest of Israel lived in their towns.