1It happened in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in
the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and
all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built
forts against it round about.
2So the city was besieged to the eleventh
year of king Zedekiah.
3On the ninth day of the fourth month the
famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the
4Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war
fled 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 the king went by the way of the Arabah.
5But the army of the
Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho;
and all his army was scattered from him.
6Then they took the king, and
carried him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment on
7They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the
eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him in fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
8Now in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which was the
nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan the
captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, to Jerusalem.
burnt the house of Yahweh, and the king’s house; and all the houses of
Jerusalem, even every great house, burnt he with fire.
10All the army of
the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down the
walls of Jerusalem round about.
11The residue of the people who were left
in the city, and those who fell away, who fell to the king of Babylon, and
the residue of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry
12But the captain of the guard left of the poorest of the
land to work the vineyards and fields.
13The pillars of brass that were
in the house of Yahweh, and the bases and the brazen sea that were in the
house of Yahweh, did the Chaldeans break in pieces, and carried the brass of
them to Babylon.
14The pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the
spoons, and all the vessels of brass with which they ministered, took they
15The fire pans, and the basins, that which was of gold, in gold,
and that which was of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away.
16The two pillars, the one sea, and the bases, which Solomon had made for
the house of Yahweh, the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
17The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and a capital of
brass was on it; and the height of the capital was three cubits, with network
and pomegranates on the capital round about, all of brass: and like to these
had the second pillar with network.
18The captain of the guard took
Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three
keepers of the threshold:
19and out of the city he took an officer who
was set over the men of war; and five men of those who saw the king’s face,
who were found in the city; and the scribe, the captain of the army, who
mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land, who
were found in the city.
20Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them,
and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah.
21The king of Babylon
struck them, and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah
was carried away captive out of his land.
22As for the people who were
left in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even
over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, governor.
23Now when all the captains of the forces, they and their men, heard that
the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, they came to Gedaliah to
Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and
Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of the
Maacathite, they and their men.
24Gedaliah swore to them and to their
men, and said to them, Don’t be afraid because of the servants of the
Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be
well with you.
25But it happened in the seventh month, that Ishmael the
son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal seed came, and ten men
with him, and struck Gedaliah, so that he died, and the Jews and the
Chaldeans that were with him at Mizpah.
26All the people, both small and
great, and the captains of the forces, arose, and came to Egypt; for they
were afraid of the Chaldeans.
27It happened in the seven and thirtieth
year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on
the seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon,
in the year that he began to reign, did lift up the head of Jehoiachin king
of Judah out of prison;
28and he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne
above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon,
his prison garments. Jehoiachin ate bread before him continually all
the days of his life:
30and for his allowance, there was a continual
allowance given him of the king, every day a portion, all the days of his