The Fall of Jerusalem1 a Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was ▼
▼ Another reading is Hamital, c Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of d Libnah. 2 He did e evil in the sight of the Lord like all that f Jehoiakim had done. 3 For through the g anger of the Lord this came about in Jerusalem and Judah until He cast them out from His presence. And Zedekiah h rebelled against the king of Babylon. 4 i Now it came about in the ninth year of his reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, camped against it and built a j siege wall all around ▼
▼ Lit against itit. 5 l So the city was under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 6 On the ninth day of the m fourth month the n famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. 7 Then the city was o broken into, and all the p men of war fled and went forth from the city at night by way of the gate between the two walls which was by the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were ▼
▼ Lit against the city on every side, r all around the city. And they went by way of the Arabah. 8 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and s overtook Zedekiah in the ▼
▼ Lit Arabahplains of Jericho, and all his army was scattered from him. 9 Then they captured the king and u brought him up to the king of Babylon at v Riblah in the land of w Hamath, and he ▼
▼ Lit spoke judgments withpassed sentence on him. 10 The king of Babylon y slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and he also slaughtered all the ▼
▼ Or commandersprinces of Judah in Riblah. 11 Then he aa blinded the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon and put him in prison until the day of his death. 12 ab Now on the tenth day of the fifth month, which was the ac nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon ad Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard ▼
▼ Lit stood before the kingwho was in the service of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 13 He af burned the house of the Lord, the ag king’s house and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every large house he burned with fire. 14 So all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard ah broke down all the walls around Jerusalem. 15 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard ai carried away into exile some of the poorest of the people, the rest of the people who were left in the city, the ▼
▼ Lit fallers who had fallen, ak deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon and the rest of the artisans. 16 But al Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and ▼
▼ Or unpaid laborersplowmen. 17 Now the bronze an pillars which belonged to the house of the Lord and the ao stands and the bronze ap sea, which were in the house of the Lord, the Chaldeans broke in pieces and carried all their bronze to Babylon. 18 They also took away the aq pots, the shovels, the snuffers, the basins, the ▼
▼ Or spoons for incensepans and all the bronze vessels which were used in temple service. 19 The captain of the guard also took away the as bowls, the firepans, the basins, the pots, the lampstands, the ▼
▼ Or spoons for incensepans and the drink offering bowls, what was fine gold and what was fine silver. 20 The two pillars, the one sea, and the twelve bronze bulls that were under ▼
▼ So Gr and Syriac; Heb omits the seathe sea, and the stands, which King Solomon had made for the house of the Lord—the bronze of all these vessels was av beyond weight. 21 As for the pillars, the aw height of each pillar was eighteen ▼
▼ I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.cubits, and ▼
▼ Lit a line of 12 cubits would encircle itit was twelve cubits in az circumference and four fingers in thickness, and hollow. 22 Now a ba capital of bronze was on it; and the height of each capital was five cubits, with network and bb pomegranates upon the capital all around, all of bronze. And the second pillar was like these, including pomegranates. 23 There were ninety-six ▼
▼ Lit windwardexposed pomegranates; all bd the pomegranates numbered a hundred on the network all around. 24 Then the captain of the guard took be Seraiah the chief priest and bf Zephaniah the second priest, with the three ▼
▼ Lit keepers of the door, bh officers of the temple. 25 He also took from the city one official who was overseer of the men of war, and seven ▼
▼ Lit men of those seeing the king’s faceof the bj king’s advisers who were found in the city, and the scribe 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 midst of the city. 26 Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them and bk brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 27 Then the king of Babylon bl struck them down and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was bm led away into exile from its land. 28 These are the people whom bn Nebuchadnezzar carried away into exile: in the ▼
▼ Or possibly seventeenthseventh year 3,023 Jews; 29 in the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar 832 persons from Jerusalem; 30 in the twenty-third year of Nebuchadnezzar bp Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried into exile 745 Jewish people; there were 4,600 persons in all. 31 bq Now it came about in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth of the month, that ▼
▼ Or Awil-Marduk (“Man of Marduk”)Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the first year of his reign ▼
▼ Lit lifted up the head of, bt showed favor to Jehoiachin king of Judah and brought him out of prison. 32 bu Then he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the thrones of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 33 So ▼
▼ Lit heJehoiachin bw changed his prison clothes, and ▼
▼ Lit ate, by had his meals in ▼
▼ Lit his presencethe king’s presence regularly all the days of his life. 34 For his allowance, a ca regular allowance was given him by the king of Babylon, a daily portion all the days of his life until the day of his death.
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