36:21 This took place to fulfill the Lord’s message delivered through Jeremiah. 1 The land experienced 2 its sabbatical years; 3 it remained desolate for seventy years, 4 as prophesied. 5
36:22 In the first year of the reign of 6 King Cyrus of Persia, in fulfillment of the promise he delivered through Jeremiah, 7 the Lord moved 8 King Cyrus of Persia to issue a written decree throughout his kingdom. 36:23 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 9 in Judah. May the Lord your God energize you who belong to his people, so you may be able to go back there!” 10
1 tn Heb “to fulfill the word of the
2 tn Or “accepted.”
3 sn According to Lev 25:4, the land was to remain uncultivated every seventh year. Lev 26:33-35 warns that the land would experience a succession of such sabbatical rests if the people disobeyed God, for he would send them away into exile.
5 tn Heb “all the days of the desolation it rested to fulfill the seventy years.”
sn Cyrus’ edict (see vv. 22-23) occurred about fifty years after the fall of Jerusalem in 586
6 tn The words “the reign of” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
7 tn Heb “to complete the word of the
sn Regarding the promise he delivered through Jeremiah see Jer 29:10.
8 tn Heb “stirred the spirit of.”
10 tn Heb “Whoever [is] among you from all his people – may the