52 1Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign; and
he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Hamutal the
daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
2And he did that which was evil in the
sight of Jehovah, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
the anger of Jehovah did it come to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had
cast them out from his presence. And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of
4And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the
tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of
Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against
it; and they built forts against it round about.
5So the city was
besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
6In the fourth month,
in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there
was no bread for the people of the land.
7Then a breach was made in the
city, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by
the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king's garden;
(now the Chaldeans were against the city round about;) and they went toward
8But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and
overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered
9Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of
Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he gave judgment upon him.
10And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he
slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
11And he put out the eyes
of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in fetters, and carried him to
Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.
12Now in the
fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of
king Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan the captain of the
guard, who stood before the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem:
burned the house of Jehovah, and the king's house; and all the houses of
Jerusalem, even every great house, burned he with fire.
14And all the
army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down
all the walls of Jerusalem round about.
15Then Nebuzaradan the captain of
the guard carried away captive of the poorest of the people, and the residue
of the people that were left in the city, and those that fell away, that fell
to the king of Babylon, and the residue of the multitude.
Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poorest of the land to be
vinedressers and husbandmen.
17And the pillars of brass that were in the
house of Jehovah, and the bases and the brazen sea that were in the house of
Jehovah, did the Chaldeans break in pieces, and carried all the brass of them
18The pots also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the
basins, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they
ministered, took they away.
19And the cups, and the firepans, and the
basins, and the pots, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the
bowls-that which was of gold, in gold, and that which was of silver, in
silver,- the captain of the guard took away.
20The two pillars, the one
sea, and the twelve brazen bulls that were under the bases, which king
Solomon had made for the house of Jehovah-the brass of all these vessels was
21And as for the pillars, the height of the one pillar
was eighteen cubits; and a line of twelve cubits did compass it; and the
thickness thereof was four fingers: it was hollow.
22And a capital of
brass was upon it; and the height of the one capital was five cubits, with
network and pomegranates upon the capital round about, all of brass: and the
second pillar also had like unto these, and pomegranates.
were ninety and six pomegranates on the sides; all the pomegranates were a
hundred upon the network round about.
24And the captain of the guard took
Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three
keepers of the threshold:
25and out of the city he took an officer that
was set over the men of war; and seven men of them that saw the king's face,
that were found in the city; and the scribe of the captain of the host, who
mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the
land, that were found in the midst of the city.
26And Nebuzaradan the
captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to
27And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death at
Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away captive out of his
28This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in
the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty;
eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem
eight hundred thirty and two persons;
30in the three and twentieth year
of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive
of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the persons were four
thousand and six hundred.
31And it came to pass in the seven and
thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth
month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of
Babylon, in the first year of his reign, lifted up the head of
Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison;
spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that
were with him in Babylon,
33and changed his prison garments. And
Jehoiachin did eat bread before him continually all the days of his
34and for his allowance, there was a continual allowance given him
by the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all
the days of his life.