Jeremiah 52

The Fall of Jerusalem

1 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.
2He did e  evil in the sight of the  Lord like all that f  Jehoiakim had done. 3For 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 it
it.
5 l  So the city was under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 6On 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. 7Then 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.
8But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and s  overtook Zedekiah in the
Lit Arabah
plains of Jericho, and all his army was scattered from him.
9Then 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 with
passed sentence on him.
10The king of Babylon y  slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and he also slaughtered all the
Or commanders
princes of Judah in Riblah.
11Then 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 king
who was in the service of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
13He 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. 14So all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard ah  broke down all the walls around Jerusalem. 15Then 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.
16But al  Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and
Or unpaid laborers
plowmen.

17Now 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. 18They also took away the aq  pots, the shovels, the snuffers, the basins, the
Or spoons for incense
pans and all the bronze vessels which were used in temple service.
19The captain of the guard also took away the as  bowls, the firepans, the basins, the pots, the lampstands, the
Or spoons for incense
pans and the drink offering bowls, what was fine gold and what was fine silver.
20The two pillars, the one sea, and the twelve bronze bulls that were under
So Gr and Syriac; Heb omits the sea
the sea, and the stands, which King Solomon had made for the house of the  Lordthe bronze of all these vessels was av  beyond weight.
21As 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 it
it was twelve cubits in az  circumference and four fingers in thickness, and hollow.
22Now 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. 23There were ninety-six
Lit windward
exposed pomegranates; all bd  the pomegranates numbered a hundred on the network all around.

24Then 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.
25He 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 face
of 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.
26Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them and bk  brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 27Then 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.

28These are the people whom bn  Nebuchadnezzar carried away into exile: in the
Or possibly seventeenth
seventh year 3,023 Jews;
29in the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar 832 persons from Jerusalem; 30in 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. 33So
Lit he
Jehoiachin bw  changed his prison clothes, and
Lit ate
,
by  had his meals in
Lit his presence
the king’s presence regularly all the days of his life.
34For 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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