2 Chronicles 36:20-22Contemporary English Version (CEV)
20 The survivors were taken to Babylonia as prisoners, where they were slaves of the king and his sons, until Persia became a powerful nation.
21 Judah was an empty desert, and it stayed that way for seventy years, to make up for all the years it was not allowed to rest.[a] These things happened just as Jeremiah the Lord’s prophet had said.[b]
Cyrus Lets the Jews Return Home
22 In the first year that Cyrus was king of Persia,[c] the Lord had Cyrus send a message to all parts of his kingdom. This happened just as Jeremiah the Lord’s prophet had promised.
36.21rest: According to Leviticus 25.1-7, the land was supposed to rest every seventh year.
36.21Jeremiah. . . said: Jeremiah 25.11,12; 29.10. According to the Law, the people had to allow the land to rest one out of every seven years (see Leviticus 25.1-7).
36.22the first year that Cyrus was king of Persia: Probably 538 B.C., when Cyrus captured Babylonia. He had actually ruled Persia since 549 B.C.
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