Anyone who survives in any of those places where he is a resident foreigner must be helped by his neighbors 1 with silver, gold, equipment, and animals, along with voluntary offerings for the temple of God which is in Jerusalem.’”
Sheol 1 below is stirred up about you, ready to meet you when you arrive. It rouses 2 the spirits of the dead for you, all the former leaders of the earth; 3 it makes all the former kings of the nations rise from their thrones. 4
Look at the land of the Chaldeans, these people who have lost their identity! 1 The Assyrians have made it a home for wild animals. They erected their siege towers, 2 demolished 3 its fortresses, and turned it into a heap of ruins. 4
So I will throw you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your ancestors have ever known. There you must worship other gods day and night, for I will show you no mercy.’”
He did this while the army of the king of Babylon was attacking Jerusalem and the cities of Lachish and Azekah. He was attacking these cities because they were the only fortified cities of Judah which were still holding out. 1
For I, the Lord, affirm that 1 I will soon give the order and bring them back to this city. They will fight against it and capture it and burn it down. I will also make the towns of Judah desolate so that there will be no one living in them.”’”
When King Zedekiah of Judah and all his soldiers saw them, they tried to escape. They departed from the city during the night. They took a path through the king’s garden and passed out through the gate between the two walls. 1 Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 2
But the one who will rescue them 1 is strong. He is known as the Lord who rules over all. 2 He will strongly 3 champion their cause. As a result 4 he will bring peace and rest to the earth, but trouble and turmoil 5 to the people who inhabit Babylonia. 6
On the tenth 1 day of the fifth month, 2 in the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard 3 who served 4 the king of Babylon, arrived in Jerusalem.
in Nebuchadnezzar’s twenty-third year, 1 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, carried into exile 745 Judeans. In all 4,600 people went into exile.
But it was plucked up in anger; it was thrown down to the ground. The east wind 1 dried up its fruit; its strong branches broke off and withered – a fire consumed them.
Then the king elevated Daniel to high position and bestowed on him many marvelous gifts. He granted him authority over the entire province of Babylon and made him the main prefect over all the wise men of Babylon.
Later Daniel entered (whose name is Belteshazzar after the name of my god, 1 and in whom there is a spirit of the holy gods). I recounted the dream for him as well,
1 In the third 2 year of King Cyrus of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel (who was also called Belteshazzar). This message was true and concerned a great war. 3 He understood the message and gained insight by the vision.
On the first day of the sixth month 1 of King Darius’ 2 second year, the Lord spoke this message through the prophet Haggai 3 to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak: 4