Jeremiah 521Zedekiah was twenty-one 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. 4And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the ninth month, on the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzr king of Babylon came, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and they made a rampart round it, and built a wall round about it with large stones. 5So the city was besieged, until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah, 6on the ninth day of the month, and then the famine was severe in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land. 7And the city was broken up, and all the men of war went out by night by the way of the gate, between the wall and the outworks, which were by the king's garden. And the Chaldeans were by the city round about; and they went by the way leading to the wilderness. 8But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook him beyond Jericho. And all his servants were dispersed. 9And they took the king, and brought him to the king of Babylon to Riblah, and he judged him. 10And the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes; and he killed all the princes of Judah in Riblah. 11And he put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him in fetters. And the king of Babylon brought him to Babylon, and put him into the grinding-house, until the day when he died. 12And in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nabuzaradan the captain of the guard, who waited on the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem; 13and he burned the house of the Lord, and the king's house, and all the houses of the city, and every great house he burned with fire. 14And the army of the Chaldeans that was with the captain of the guard pulled down all the wall of Jerusalem round about. 16But the captain of the guard left the remnant of the people to be vinedressers and farmers. 17And the Chaldeans broke in pieces the bronze pillars that were in the house of the Lord, and the bases, and the bronze sea that was in the house of the Lord, and they took the brass thereof, and carried it away to Babylon. 18Also the rim, and the bowls, and the flesh-hooks, and all the bronze vessels, which they ministered with; 19and the basins, and the snuffers, and the oil-funnels, and the lampstands, and the censers, and the cups, and whatever was solid gold, and the silver, and whatever was of solid silver, the captain of the guard took away. 20And the two pillars, and the one sea, and the twelve bronze oxen under the sea, which things King Solomon made for the house of the Lord; the brass of which was without weight. 21And as for the pillars, the height of one pillar was thirty-five cubits; and a line of twelve cubits compassed it round; and the thickness of it all round was four fingers. 22And there was a bronze chapiter upon them, and the length was five cubits, even the height of one chapiter; and there was on the chapiter round about network and pomegranates, all of brass. And correspondingly the second pillar had eight pomegranates to a cubit for the twelve cubits. 23And the pomegranates were ninety-six on a side; and all the pomegranates on the network round about were a hundred. 24And the captain of the guard took the chief priest, and the second priest, and those that kept the way; 25and one eunuch, who was over the men of war, and seven men of renown, who were in the king's presence that were found in the city; and the scribe of the forces, who did the part of a scribe to the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land, who were found in the midst of the city. 26And Nabuzaradan the captain of the king's guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah. 27And the king of Babylon struck them in Riblah, in the land of Hamath. 31And it came to pass in the thirty-seventh year after that Jehoiakim king of Judah had been carried away captive, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fourth day of the month, that Evil-Merodach king of Babylon, in the year in which he began to reign, raised the head of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and shaved him, and brought him out of the house where he was kept, 32and spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the kings that were with him in Babylon, 33and changed his prison garments. And he ate bread continually before him all the days that he lived. 34And his appointed portion was given him continually by the king of Babylon from day to day, until the day that he died.
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