36:19 They burned down the Lord’s temple and tore down the wall of Jerusalem. 1 They burned all its fortified buildings and destroyed all its valuable items. 36:20 He deported to Babylon all who escaped the sword. They served him and his sons until the Persian kingdom rose to power. 36:21 This took place to fulfill the Lord’s message delivered through Jeremiah. 2 The land experienced 3 its sabbatical years; 4 it remained desolate for seventy years, 5 as prophesied. 6
2 tn Heb “to fulfill the word of the
3 tn Or “accepted.”
4 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.
6 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