NASB — 2 Kings 25 — KJV

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.

[1] ILit against it a2Ch 36:17-20; Jr 39:1-7 bJr 21:2; 34:1, 2; Ezk 24:2 cEzk 21:22
[3] a2K 6:24, 25; Lm 4:9, 10
[4] ISo some ancient mss and versions; M.T. he aEzk 33:21 bNe 3:15
[6] ILit they spoke judgment with him aJr 34:21, 22 bJr 32:4 c2K 23:33
[7] aJr 39:6, 7 bEzk 12:13

Jerusalem Burned and Plundered

8aNow 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.

[8] aJr 52:12 bJr 39:8-12
[9] a1K 9:8; 2Ch 36:19; Ps 74:3-7 bAm 2:5
[10] a2K 14:13; Ne 1:3
[11] a2Ch 36:20
[12] a2K 24:14; Jr 40:7

13aNow 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 LORDathe 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.

[13] 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
[14] aEx 27:3; 1K 7:47-50; 2Ch 4:16
[16] a1K 7:47
[17] 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.

[18] ILit keepers of the door a1Ch 6:14; Ezr 7:1 bJr 21:1; 29:25, 29
[19] ILit men of those seeing the king’s face IIOr scribe, a captain aEs 1:14
[20] a2K 23:33
[21] 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.”

[22] aJr 39:14; 40:7-9
[23] aJr 40:7-9 bJsh 18:26

25aBut 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.

[25] ILit seed IILit and ten men with him aJr 41:1, 2
[26] aJr 43:4-7

27aNow 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.

[27] ILit lifted up the head of aJr 52:31-34 b2K 24:12, 15 cGn 40:13, 20
[28] aDn 2:37; 5:18, 19
[29] ILit he IILit ate bread IIILit his presence a2S 9:7
[30] aNe 11:23; 12:47


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Jerusalem is besieged.

1 ¶ And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth [day] of the month, [that] Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about. 2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. 3 And on the ninth [day] of the [fourth] month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

[1] 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.
[3] 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 city was broken up, and all the men of war [fled] by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which [is] by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees [were] against the city round about:) and [the king] went the way toward the plain. 5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him. 6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him. 7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.

[4] 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.
[5] Is 30:16; Jr 24:8; 39:5; 52:8; Am 2:14.
[6] 2K 23:33; 2Ch 33:11; Jr 21:7; 34:21; 38:23; 52:9; Lm 4:19; Ezk 17:20; 21:25.
[7] 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 fifth month, on the seventh [day] of the month, which [is] the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem: 9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great [man's] house burnt he with fire. 10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that [were with] the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about. 11 Now the rest of the people [that were] left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away. 12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land [to be] vinedressers and husbandmen.

[8] 2K 24:12; 25:27; Jr 39:9; 40:1; 52:12; Lm 4:12; Zc 8:19.
[9] 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.
[10] Ne 1:3; Jr 5:10; 39:8; 52:14.
[11] Jr 15:1; 39:9; 52:12; Ezk 5:2; 12:15; 22:15.
[12] 2K 24:14; Jr 39:10; 40:7; 52:16; Ezk 33:24.

spoileth and carrieth away the treasures.

13 And the pillars of brass that [were] in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that [was] in the house of the LORD, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Babylon. 14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away. 15 And the firepans, and the bowls, [and] such things as [were] of gold, [in] gold, and of silver, [in] silver, the captain of the guard took away. 16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was without weight. 17 The height of the one pillar [was] eighteen cubits, and the chapiter upon it [was] brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with wreathen work.

[13] 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.
[14] Ex 27:3; 38:3; 1K 7:47; 2Ch 4:20; 24:14.
[15] Ex 37:23; Nu 7:13; 1K 7:48; 2Ch 24:14; Ezr 1:9; Dn 5:2.
[16] 1K 7:47.
[17] 1K 7:15; Jr 52:21.

The nobles are slain at Riblah.

18 ¶ And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door: 19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's presence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land [that were] found in the city: 20 And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah: 21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their land.

[18] 2K 25:24, 26; 1Ch 6:14; Ezr 7:1; Jr 21:1; 29:25, 29; 52:24.
[19] Es 1:14.
[20] Jr 52:26; Lm 4:16.
[21] 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 people that remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler. 23 And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Careah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men. 24 And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldees: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well with you. 25 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah. 26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Chaldees.

[22] 2K 22:12; 25:25; 2Ch 34:20; Jr 26:24; 39:14; 40:5, 6; 41:2.
[23] Gn 31:49; Jr 40:7, 11.
[24] 2S 14:11; 19:23; Jr 40:9; 43:6; Ezk 33:24.
[25] 2K 11:1; Jr 40:15; 41:1; Zc 7:5; 8:19.
[26] Jr 41:16; 42:14; 43:4.

Evil-merodach advanceth Jehoiachin in his court.

27 ¶ And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth [day] of the month, [that] Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the year that he began to reign did lift up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison; 28 And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that [were] with him in Babylon; 29 And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before him all the days of his life. 30 And his allowance [was] a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.

[27] Gn 40:13, 20; Pv 21:1; Jr 24:5; 52:31.
[28] Jr 27:6; Dn 2:37; 5:18.
[29] Gn 41:14, 42; 2S 9:7; 2K 24:12; Es 4:4; 8:15; Is 61:3; Zc 3:4; Lk 15:22.
[30] Gn 48:15; Ne 11:23; 12:47; Dn 1:5; Mt 6:11; Lk 11:3; Ac 6:1.


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