Weekly Bible Reading for week of January 9 - 15, 2006

by TheListener 2 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • TheListener

    2 Chronicles 33 - 36

    36: 17 So he brought up against them the king of the Chal·de´ans, who proceeded to kill their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, neither did he feel compassion for young man or virgin, old or decrepit. Everything He gave into his hand. 18 And all the utensils, great and small, of the house of the [true] God and the treasures of the house of Jehovah and the treasures of the king and of his princes, everything he brought to Babylon. 19 And he proceeded to burn the house of the [true] God and pull down the wall of Jerusalem; and all its dwelling towers they burned with fire and also all its desirable articles, so as to cause ruin. 20 Furthermore, he carried off those remaining from the sword captive to Babylon, and they came to be servants to him and his sons until the royalty of Persia began to reign; 21 to fulfill Jehovah’s word by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had paid off its sabbaths. All the days of lying desolated it kept sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

    22 And in the first year of Cyrus the king of Persia, that Jehovah’s word by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, Jehovah roused the spirit of Cyrus the king of Persia, so that he caused a cry to pass through all his kingdom, and also in writing, saying: 23 “This is what Cyrus the king of Persia has said, ‘All the kingdoms of the earth Jehovah the God of the heavens has given me, and he himself has commissioned me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among YOU of all his people, Jehovah his God be with him. So let him go up.’”

  • peacefulpete

    Rather than steer this into yet another "70" argument I thought I'd again mention that the 'empty land' myth the the Chronicler is here presenting never happened. The Babylonians did not empty the land of famers and peasants. They took the royalty and religious leaders into exile for politcal reasons. Archaeology has given us a reasonably clear picture of the villages and towns of Judea during this period. here's a fine book on the subject if someone is interested in detailed study.: Judah and the Judeans in the Neo-Babylonian Period

  • TheListener

    Thanks PP. I'll give it a read through.

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