Nebuchadnezzar Besieges Jerusalem
1 aNow in the ninth° year° of his reign°, on the tenth° day of the tenth° month°, bNebuchadnezzar° king° of Babylon° came°, he and all° his army°, against° Jerusalem°, camped° against° it and cbuilt° a siege° wall° all° around° Iit. 2 So the city° was under siege° until° the eleventh°° year° of King° Zedekiah°. 3 On the ninth° day of the [fourth] month° athe famine° was so severe° in the city° that there was no° food° for the people° of the land°. 4 aThen the city° was broken° into, and all° the men° of war° [fled] by night° by way° of the gate° between° the two walls° beside° bthe king’s° garden°, though the Chaldeans° were all° around° the city°. And Ithey went° by way° of the Arabah°. 5 But the army° of the Chaldeans° pursued° the king° and overtook° him in the plains° of Jericho° and all° his army° was scattered° from him. 6 Then athey captured° the king° and bbrought° him to the king° of Babylon° at cRiblah°, and Ihe passed° sentence° on him. 7 aThey slaughtered° the sons° of Zedekiah° before his eyes°, then bput° out the eyes° of Zedekiah° and bound° him with bronze° fetters° and brought° him to Babylon°.
 ILit against it a2Ch 36:17-20; Jr 39:1-7 bJr 21:2; 34:1, 2; Ezk 24:2 cEzk 21:22
 a2K 6:24, 25; Lm 4:9, 10
 ISo some ancient mss and versions; M.T. he aEzk 33:21 bNe 3:15
 ILit they spoke judgment with him aJr 34:21, 22 bJr 32:4 c2K 23:33
 aJr 39:6, 7 bEzk 12:13
Jerusalem Burned and Plundered
8 ¶ aNow on the seventh° day of the bfifth° month°, which° was the nineteenth°° year° of King° Nebuchadnezzar°, king° of Babylon°, Nebuzaradan° the captain° of the guard°, a servant° of the king° of Babylon°, came° to Jerusalem°. 9 aHe burned° the house° of the LORD°, bthe king’s° house°, and all° the houses° of Jerusalem°; even every° great° house° he burned° with fire°. 10 So all° the army° of the Chaldeans° who° [were with] the captain° of the guard° abroke° down° the walls° around° Jerusalem°. 11 Then athe rest° of the people° who were left° in the city° and the deserters° who° had deserted° to the king° of Babylon° and the rest° of the people°, Nebuzaradan° the captain° of the guard° carried° away° into exile°. 12 But the captain° of the guard° left° some° of athe poorest° of the land° to be vinedressers° and plowmen°.
 aJr 52:12 bJr 39:8-12
 a1K 9:8; 2Ch 36:19; Ps 74:3-7 bAm 2:5
 a2K 14:13; Ne 1:3
 a2Ch 36:20
 a2K 24:14; Jr 40:7
13 ¶ aNow the bronze° pillars° which° were in the house° of the LORD°, and the stands° and bthe bronze° sea° which° were in the house° of the LORD°, the Chaldeans° broke° in pieces° and carried° the Ibronze° to Babylon°. 14 aThey took° away the pots°, the shovels°, the snuffers°, the spoons°, and all° the bronze° vessels° which° were used° in [temple] service°. 15 The captain° of the guard° also took° away the firepans° and the basins°, what° was fine° gold° and what° was fine° silver°. 16 The two° pillars°, the one° sea°, and the stands° which° Solomon° had made° for the house° of the LORD°athe bronze° of all° these° vessels° was beyond° weight°. 17 aThe height° of the one° pillar° was eighteen°° Icubits°, and a bronze° capital° was on it; the height° of the capital° was three° Icubits°, with a network° and pomegranates° on the capital° all° around°, all° of bronze°. And the second° pillar° was like these° with network°.
 ILit bronze of them a1K 7:15-22; 2K 20:17; 2Ch 3:15-17; 36:18 b1K 7:23-26; 2Ch 4:2-4
 aEx 27:3; 1K 7:47-50; 2Ch 4:16
 a1K 7:47
 II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in. a1K 7:15-22
18 ¶ Then the captain° of the guard° took° aSeraiah° the chief° priest° and bZephaniah° the second° priest°, with the three° Iofficers° of the temple°. 19 From the city° he took° one° official° who° was overseer° of the men° of war°, and afive° Iof the king’s° advisers°° who° were found° in the city°; and the IIscribe° of the captain° 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°. 20 Nebuzaradan° the captain° of the guard° took° them and brought° them to the king° of Babylon° at aRiblah°. 21 Then the king° of Babylon° struck° them down and put° them to death° at Riblah° in the land° of Hamath°. aSo Judah° was led° away° into exile° from its land°.
 ILit keepers of the door a1Ch 6:14; Ezr 7:1 bJr 21:1; 29:25, 29
 ILit men of those seeing the king’s face IIOr scribe, a captain aEs 1:14
 a2K 23:33
 aDt 28:64; 2K 23:27
Gedaliah Made Governor
22 ¶ Now [as for] the people° who were left° in the land° of Judah°, whom° Nebuchadnezzar° king° of Babylon° had left°, he appointed° aGedaliah° the son° of Ahikam°, the son° of Shaphan° over° them. 23 aWhen all° the captains° of the forces°, they and [their] men°, heard° that the king° of Babylon° had appointed° Gedaliah° [governor], they came° to Gedaliah° to bMizpah°, namely, Ishmael° the son° of Nethaniah°, and Johanan° the son° of Kareah°, and Seraiah° the son° of Tanhumeth° the Netophathite°, and Jaazaniah° the son° of the Maacathite°, they and their men°. 24 Gedaliah° swore° to them and their men° and said° to them, “Do not be afraid° of the servants° of the Chaldeans°; live° in the land° and serve° the king° of Babylon°, and it will be well° with you.”
25 ¶ aBut it came° about in the seventh° month°, that Ishmael° the son° of Nethaniah°, the son° of Elishama°, of the royal° Ifamily°, came° IIwith ten° men° and struck° Gedaliah° down so that he died° along with the Jews° and the Chaldeans° who° were with him at Mizpah°. 26 aThen all° the people°, both° small° and great°, and the captains° of the forces° arose° and went° to Egypt°; for they were afraid° of the Chaldeans°.
27 ¶ aNow it came° about in the thirty-seventh°° year° of bthe exile° of Jehoiachin° king° of Judah°, in the twelfth°° month°, on the twenty-seventh°° [day] of the month°, that Evil-merodach° king° of Babylon°, in the year° that he became° king°, Icreleased°° Jehoiachin° king° of Judah° from prison°°; 28 and he aspoke° kindly° to him and set° his throne° above°° the throne° of the kings° who° [were] with him in Babylon°. 29 IJehoiachin changed° his prison° clothes° and IIahad° his meals° in IIIthe king’s presence° regularly° all° the days° of his life°; 30 and for his aallowance°, a regular° allowance° was given° him by the king°, a portion° for each° day°, all° the days° of his life°.
 ILit lifted up the head of aJr 52:31-34 b2K 24:12, 15 cGn 40:13, 20
 aDn 2:37; 5:18, 19
 ILit he IILit ate bread IIILit his presence a2S 9:7
 aNe 11:23; 12:47
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Jerusalem is besieged.
1 ¶ And it came to pass² in the ninthº yearº of his reign,ºª in the tenthº month,º in the tenthº [day] of the month,º [that] Nebuchadnezzarº kingº of Babylonº came,ºª he,² and all² his host,º against² Jerusalem,º and pitchedºª against² it; and they builtºª fortsº against² it round about.º 2 And the cityº was besiegedººª unto² the eleventhºº yearº of kingº Zedekiah.º 3 And on the ninthº [day] of the [fourth] monthº the famineº prevailedºª in the city,º and there was² no² breadº for the peopleº of the land.º
 2K 24:1, 10; 1Ch 6:15; 2Ch 36:17; Is 29:3; Jr 27:8; 32:24, 28; 34:2, 3, 8; 39:1; 43:10; 51:34; 52:4, 5; Ezk 4:1; 21:22; 24:1, 2; 26:7; Dn 4:1; Lk 19:43.
 Lv 26:26; Dt 28:52; Jr 37:21; 38:2; 39:2; 52:6; Lm 4:4; Ezk 4:9; 5:10, 12; 7:15; 14:21; Zc 8:19.
Zedekiah taken, his sons slain, his eyes put out.
4 ¶ And the cityº was broken up,ºª and all² the men¹² of warº [fled] by nightº by the wayº of the gateº between² two walls,º which² [is] by² the king'sº garden:º (now the Chaldeesº [were] against² the cityº round about:)º and [the king] went¹ª² the wayº toward the plain.º 5 And the armyº of the Chaldeesº pursuedºª afterº the king,º and overtookºª him in the plainsº of Jericho:º and all² his armyº were scatteredºª from²² him. 6 So they tookºª² the king,º and brought him upºª² to² the kingº of Babylonº to Riblah;º and they gaveºª judgmentº upon² him. 7 And they slewºª the sonsº of Zedekiahº before his eyes,º and put outºª² the eyesº of Zedekiah,º and boundºª him with fetters¹ of brass,º and carriedºª him to Babylon.º
 Lv 26:17, 36; Dt 28:25; 32:24, 30; 2K 25:5; Jr 5:10; 39:2, 4; 52:6, 7; Ezk 12:12; 33:21.
 Is 30:16; Jr 24:8; 39:5; 52:8; Am 2:14.
 2K 23:33; 2Ch 33:11; Jr 21:7; 34:21; 38:23; 52:9; Lm 4:19; Ezk 17:20; 21:25.
 Gn 21:16; 44:34; Dt 28:34; Jg 16:21; 2Ch 33:11; 36:6; Ps 107:10; 149:8; Jr 22:30; 32:4; 34:3; 39:6; 52:10; Ezk 7:27; 12:13; 17:16.
Nebuzar-adan defaceth the city, carrieth the remnant, except a few poor labourers, into captivity,
8 ¶ And in the fifthº month,º on the seventhº [day] of the month,º which² [is] the nineteenthºº¹ yearº of kingº Nebuchadnezzarº kingº of Babylon,º cameºª Nebuzaradan,º captainº of the guard,º a servantº of the kingº of Babylon,º unto Jerusalem:º 9 And he burntºª² the houseº of the LORD,º and the king'sº house,º and all² the housesº of Jerusalem,º and every² greatº [man's] houseº burntºª he with fire.º 10 And all² the armyº of the Chaldees,º that² [were with] the captainº of the guard,º brake downºª the wallsº of Jerusalemº round about.º 11 Now the restº of the peopleº [that were] leftºª in the city,º and the fugitivesºª that² fell awayºª to² the kingº of Babylon,º with the remnantº of the multitude,º did Nebuzaradanº the captainº of the guardº carry away.ºª 12 But the captainº of the guardº leftºª of the poorº² of the landº [to be] vinedressersº and husbandmen.ºªª¹ª
 2K 24:12; 25:27; Jr 39:9; 40:1; 52:12; Lm 4:12; Zc 8:19.
 1K 9:8; 2Ch 36:19; Ps 74:3; 79:1; Is 64:10; Jr 7:14; 26:9; 34:22; 37:8, 10; 39:8; 52:13; Lm 1:10; 2:7; Am 2:5; Mi 3:12; Lk 21:5; Ac 6:13.
 Ne 1:3; Jr 5:10; 39:8; 52:14.
 Jr 15:1; 39:9; 52:12; Ezk 5:2; 12:15; 22:15.
 2K 24:14; Jr 39:10; 40:7; 52:16; Ezk 33:24.
spoileth and carrieth away the treasures.
13 And the pillarsº of brassº that² [were] in the houseº of the LORD,º and the bases,º and the brasenº seaº that² [was] in the houseº of the LORD,º did the Chaldeesº break in pieces,ºª and carriedºª² the brassº of them to Babylon.º 14 And the pots,º and the shovels,º and the snuffers,º and the spoons,º and all² the vesselsº of brassº wherewith² they ministered,ºª took they away.ºª 15 And the firepans,º and the bowls,º [and] such things as² [were] of gold,º [in] gold,º and of silver,º [in] silver,º the captainº of the guardº took away.ºª 16 The twoº pillars,º oneº sea,º and the basesº which² Solomonº had madeºª for the houseº of the LORD;º the brassº of all² these² vesselsº was² withoutº weight.º 17 The heightº of the oneº pillarº [was] eighteenºº cubits,º and the chapiterº upon² it [was] brass:º and the heightº of the chapiterº threeº cubits;º and the wreathen work,º and pomegranatesº upon² the chapiterº round about,º all² of brass:º and like unto these² had the secondº pillarº with² wreathen work.º
 Ex 27:3; 1K 7:15, 23, 27; 2K 20:17; 2Ch 4:2, 12, 14; 36:18; Jr 27:19; 52:17; Lm 1:10.
 Ex 27:3; 38:3; 1K 7:47; 2Ch 4:20; 24:14.
 Ex 37:23; Nu 7:13; 1K 7:48; 2Ch 24:14; Ezr 1:9; Dn 5:2.
 1K 7:47.
 1K 7:15; Jr 52:21.
The nobles are slain at Riblah.
18 ¶ And the captainº of the guardº tookºª² Seraiahº the chiefº priest,º and Zephaniahº the secondº priest,º and the threeº keepersºª of the door:º 19 And out of² the cityº he tookºª anº officerº that²² was setº over² the men¹² of war,º and fiveº men¹² of them that wereºª² in the king'sº presence,º which² were foundºª in the city,º and the principalº scribeºª of the host,º which musteredºª² the peopleº of the land,º and threescoreº menº of the peopleº² of the landº [that were] foundºª in the city:º 20 And Nebuzaradanº captainº of the guardº tookºª these, and brought¹ª² them to² the kingº of Babylonº to Riblah:º 21 And the kingº of Babylonº smoteºª them, and slewºª them at Riblahº in the landº of Hamath.º So Judahº was carried awayºª out of²² their land.º
 2K 25:24, 26; 1Ch 6:14; Ezr 7:1; Jr 21:1; 29:25, 29; 52:24.
 Es 1:14.
 Jr 52:26; Lm 4:16.
 Lv 26:33; Dt 4:26; 28:36, 64; 2K 17:20; 23:27; Jr 24:9; 25:9; Ezk 12:25; 24:14; Am 5:27.
Gedaliah, who was set over them that remained, being slain, the rest flee into Egypt.
22 ¶ And [as for] the peopleº that remainedºª in the landº of Judah,º whom² Nebuchadnezzarº kingº of Babylonº had left,ºª even over² them he made² Gedaliahº the sonº of Ahikam,º the sonº of Shaphan,º ruler.ºª 23 And when all² the captainsº of the armies,º they² and their men,¹² heardºª that² the kingº of Babylonº had made² Gedaliahº governor,ºª there cameºª to² Gedaliahº to Mizpah,º even Ishmaelº the sonº of Nethaniah,º and Johananº the sonº of Careah,º and Seraiahº the sonº of Tanhumethº the Netophathite,º and Jaazaniahº the sonº of a Maachathite,º they² and their men.¹² 24 And Gedaliahº swareºª to them, and to their men,¹² and saidºª unto them, Fearºª not² to be the servantsº² of the Chaldees:º dwellºª in the land,º and serveºª² the kingº of Babylon;º and it shall be wellºª with you. 25 But it came to pass² in the seventhº month,º that Ishmaelº the sonº of Nethaniah,º the sonº of Elishama,º of the seedº² royal,º came,ºª and tenº men¹² with² him, and smoteºª² Gedaliah,º that he died,ºª and the Jewsº and the Chaldeesº that² were² with² him at Mizpah.º 26 And all² the people,º both smallº² and great,º and the captainsº of the armies,º arose,ºª and cameºª to Egypt:º for² they were afraidºª ofº² the Chaldees.º
 2K 22:12; 25:25; 2Ch 34:20; Jr 26:24; 39:14; 40:5, 6; 41:2.
 Gn 31:49; Jr 40:7, 11.
 2S 14:11; 19:23; Jr 40:9; 43:6; Ezk 33:24.
 2K 11:1; Jr 40:15; 41:1; Zc 7:5; 8:19.
 Jr 41:16; 42:14; 43:4.
Evil-merodach advanceth Jehoiachin in his court.
27 ¶ And it came to pass² in the sevenº and thirtiethº yearº of the captivityº of Jehoiachinº kingº of Judah,º in the twelfthºº month,º on the sevenº and twentiethº [day] of the month,º [that] Evilmerodachº kingº of Babylonº in the yearº that he began to reignºª did lift upºª² the headº of Jehoiachinº kingº of Judahº out of prison;ºº² 28 And he spakeºª kindlyº to² him, and setºª² his throneº above²² the throneº of the kingsº that² [were] with² him in Babylon;º 29 And changedºª² his prisonº garments:º and he did eatºª breadº continuallyº beforeº him all² the daysº of his life.º 30 And his allowanceº [was] a continualº allowanceº givenºª him of²² the king,º a dailyº rateº for every day,º all² the daysº of his life.º
 Gn 40:13, 20; Pv 21:1; Jr 24:5; 52:31.
 Jr 27:6; Dn 2:37; 5:18.
 Gn 41:14, 42; 2S 9:7; 2K 24:12; Es 4:4; 8:15; Is 61:3; Zc 3:4; Lk 15:22.
 Gn 48:15; Ne 11:23; 12:47; Dn 1:5; Mt 6:11; Lk 11:3; Ac 6:1.
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