aFor ch. 24:18–25:21, see Jer. 52:1-27
eFor ver. 1-7, see 2 Chr. 36:17-20; Jer. 39:1-7; 52:4-11
g[Ezek. 21:22; 26:8]
oFor ver. 8-12, see Jer. 39:8-12; 52:12-16
v[Jer. 27:19, 22]; For ver. 13-17, see 2 Chr. 36:18-20; Jer. 52:17-23
adFor ver. 18-21, see Jer. 52:24-27
2 Kings 24:18-20
Zedekiah Reigns in Judah18 aZedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was bHamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 19And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, caccording to all that Jehoiakim had done. 20For because of the anger of the Lord it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence. dAnd Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
2 Kings 25:1-21
Fall and Captivity of Judah1 eAnd in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month fNebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. gAnd they built siegeworks all around it. 2So the city was besieged till the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 3On the ninth day of the fourth month hthe famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. 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, by ithe king’s garden, and jthe Chaldeans were around the city. And they went in the direction of the kArabah. 5But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho, and all his army was scattered from him. 6Then they captured the king land brought him up to the king of Babylon at mRiblah, and they passed sentence on him. 7They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, nand put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him in chains and took him to Babylon. 8 oIn the fifth month, on pthe seventh day of the month—that was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan, the captain of the bodyguard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 9 qAnd he burned the house of the Lord rand the king’s house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down. 10And all the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, sbroke down the walls around Jerusalem. 11 tAnd the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon, together with the rest of the multitude, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried into exile. 12But the captain of the guard left usome of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen. 13 vAnd the pillars wof bronze that were in the house of the Lord, and xthe stands and ythe bronze sea that were in the house of the Lord, the Chaldeans broke in pieces and carried the bronze to Babylon. 14 zAnd they took away the pots and the shovels and the snuffers and the dishes for incense and all the vessels of bronze used in the temple service, 15the fire pans also and the bowls. What was of gold the captain of the guard took away as gold, and what was of silver, as silver. 16As for the two pillars, the one sea, and the stands that Solomon had made for the house of the Lord, aathe bronze of all these vessels was beyond weight. 17 abThe height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits ▼
▼A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimetersand on it was a capital of bronze. The height of the capital was three cubits. A latticework and pomegranates, all of bronze, were all around the capital. And the second pillar had the same, with the latticework. 18 adAnd the captain of the guard took aeSeraiah the chief priest and afZephaniah the second priest and the three keepers of the threshold; 19and from the city he took an officer who had been in command of the men of war, and agfive men of the king’s council who were found in the city; and the secretary of the commander 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. 20And Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at ahRiblah. 21And the king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death at aiRiblah in the land of Hamath. ajSo Judah was taken into exile out of its land.
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