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2 Chronicles 36:15-17

The Babylonians Destroy Jerusalem

36:15 The Lord God of their ancestors 1  continually warned them through his messengers, 2  for he felt compassion for his people and his dwelling place. 36:16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his warnings, 3  and ridiculed his prophets. 4  Finally the Lord got very angry at his people and there was no one who could prevent his judgment. 5  36:17 He brought against them the king of the Babylonians, who slaughtered 6  their young men in their temple. 7  He did not spare 8  young men or women, or even the old and aging. God 9  handed everyone over to him.

1 tn Heb “fathers.”

2 tn Heb “and the Lord God of their fathers sent against them by the hand of his messengers, getting up early and sending.”

3 tn Heb “his words.”

4 tn All three verbal forms (“mocked,” “despised,” and “ridiculed”) are active participles in the Hebrew text, indicating continual or repeated action. They made a habit of rejecting God’s prophetic messengers.

5 tn Heb “until the anger of the Lord went up against his people until there was no healer.”

6 tn Heb “killed with the sword.”

7 tn Heb “in the house of their sanctuary.”

8 tn Or “show compassion to.”

9 tn Heb “he”; the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

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