2 Kings 25

CHAPTER 25

The Chaldeans Seize Zedekiah

And it came to pass in the ninth year of his kingdom, in the [2month 1tenth], on the tenth of the month, came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his force, against Jerusalem. And he camped about it, and built upon it a rampart round about. And [3became 1the 2city] for being encompassed about until the eleventh year of Zedekiah the king, the ninth of the month. And [3grew in strength 1the 2hunger] in the city, and there was no bread to the people of the land. And [3was torn through 1the 2city], and all the men of war went forth by night in the way of the gate between the walls, which is of the garden of the king. (And the Chaldeans were upon the city round about;) and they went the way, the one unto the descent. And [5pursued 1the 2force 3of the 4Chaldeans] after the king, and they overtook him by the descent of Jericho; and all his force were dispersed from about him. And they seized the king, and they led him to the king of Babylon in Riblah. And he spoke against him a judgment. And he slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. And the eyes of Zedekiah he blinded, and he tied him in shackles, and led him unto Babylon.

Nabuzar-adan Devastates Jerusalem

And in the [2month 1fifth], the seventh of the month, this is [2year 1the nineteenth] of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nabuzar-adan, the chief guard, the one standing in the presence of the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem. And he burned the house of the  lord, and the house of the king, and all the houses of Jerusalem; and every [2house 1great] he burned by fire. 10 And the wall of Jerusalem round about [5tore down 1the 2force 3of the 4Chaldeans]. 11 And the extra ones of the people being left behind in the city, and the ones falling in who fell in with the king of Babylon, and the rest of the support [4removed 1Nabuzar-adan 2the 3chief guard]. 12 And of the poor of the land [3left behind 1the 2chief guard] as vine dressers and farmers. 13 And the columns, of the ones of brass, of the ones in the house of the  lord, and the bases, and the [2sea 1brass], the one in the house of the  lord, [3cut up 1the 2Chaldeans], and they carried their brass unto Babylon. 14 And the kettles, and the shovels, and the bowls, and the incense pans, and all the items of brass in which they officiated with them, he took. 15 And the censers, and the bowls, the ones of gold, and the ones of silver, [3took 1the 2chief guard]. 16 [2columns 1The two], and the [2sea 1one], and the bases which Solomon made for the house of the  lord. There was no measuring the weight of the brass of all the items. 17 Eighteen cubits was the height of the [2column 1one], and the capital upon it of brass. Three cubits was the height of the capital. And the lattice work and pomegranates upon the capital round about were entirely of brass. And according to these it was to the [2column 1second] upon the lattice work. 18 And [3took 1the 2chief guard] Seraiah the [2priest 1foremost], and Zephaniah the [2priest 1second rank], and the three guarding the money; 19 and from out of the city he took [2eunuch 1one] who was supervisor of the men warriors, and five men of the ones appearing in front of the king, of the ones being found in the city, and the scribe of the ruler of the force, the one arraying the people of the land, and sixty men of the people of the land being found in the city. 20 And [4took 5them 1Nabuzar-adan 2the 3chief guard], and he led them away to the king of Babylon in Riblah. 21 And [4smote 5them 1the 2king 3of Babylon], and killed them in Riblah in the land of Hamath. And he resettled Judah from its land.

Gedaliah Placed Over the Remnant

22 And over the people being left behind in the land of Judah, whom [4left behind 1Nebuchadnezzar 2king 3of Babylon], he placed over it Gedaliah son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan. 23 And [6heard 1all 2the 3rulers 4of the 5force], they and their men, that [3placed 1the king 2of Babylon] Gedaliah in charge. And they came to Gedaliah in Mizpah -- even Ishmael son of Nethaniah, and Johanan son of Careah, and Seraiah son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah son of the Maachathite, they and their men. 24 And Gedaliah swore by an oath to them, and to their men, and said to them, Do not fear the passing by of the Chaldeans! Settle in the land, and serve the king of Babylon! and it will be well to you. 25 And it came to pass in the [2month 1seventh], came Ishmael son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the seed of the kingdom, and ten men with him. And he struck Gedaliah and he died, even the Jews, and the Chaldeans who were with him in Mizpah. 26 And [4rose up 1all 2the 3people] from small unto great, and the rulers of the force, and they entered into Egypt; for they feared from the face of the Chaldeans.

Jehoiachin Led out of Prison

27 And it came to pass in the thirtieth and seventh year of the resettlement of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, seventh and twentieth day of the month, [4raised up high 1Evil-merodach 2king 3of Babylon] in the first year of his kingdom the head of Jehoiachin the king of Judah, and he led him from out of the house of the prison. 28 And he spoke with him for good, and put his throne above the thrones of the kings with him in Babylon. 29 And he changed the garments of his prison, and he ate bread always in his presence all the days of his life. 30 And his feasting was a feasting always given to him from out of the house of the king -- [2reckoning 1a day's] in his day, all the days of his life.
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