19 Then the Chaldeans burned God’s temple.(A) They tore down Jerusalem’s wall, burned down all its palaces, and destroyed all its valuable articles.

20 He deported those who escaped from the sword to Babylon, and they became servants to him and his sons until the rise of the Persian[a] kingdom.(B) 21 This fulfilled the word of the Lord through Jeremiah(C) and the land enjoyed its Sabbath rest all the days of the desolation(D) until 70 years were fulfilled.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Chronicles 36:20 LXX reads Median

19 All of them will come and settle
in the steep ravines, in the clefts of the rocks,(A)
in all the thornbushes, and in all the water holes.

20 On that day the Lord will use a razor(B) hired from beyond the Euphrates River—the king of Assyria(C)—to shave the head, the hair on the legs, and to remove the beard as well.

21 On that day
a man will raise a young cow and two sheep,
22 and from the abundant milk they give
he will eat butter,
for every survivor in the land will eat butter and honey.(D)

23 And on that day
every place where there were 1,000 vines,
worth 1,000 pieces of silver,
will become thorns and briers.(E)
24 A man will go there with bow and arrows
because the whole land will be thorns and briers.
25 You will not go to all the hills
that were once tilled with a hoe,
for fear of the thorns and briers.
Those hills will be places for oxen to graze
and for sheep to trample.

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The Earth Judged

24 Look, the Lord is stripping the earth bare
and making it desolate.
He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants:

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The earth will be stripped completely bare
and will be totally plundered,
for the Lord has spoken this message.(A)

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The Lord’s Vineyard

On that day
sing about a desirable vineyard:(A)
I, Yahweh, watch over it;
I water it regularly.
I guard it night and day
so that no one disturbs it.
I am not angry,
but if it produces thorns and briers(B) for Me,
I will fight against it, trample it,
and burn it to the ground.
Or let it take hold of My strength;
let it make peace with Me—
make peace with Me.
In days to come, Jacob will take root.(C)
Israel will blossom and bloom(D)
and fill the whole world with fruit.

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11 This whole land will become a desolate ruin, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for 70 years.(A)

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