The Fall of Jerusalem
1 aZedekiah° was twenty-one°° years° old° when he became° king°, and he reigned° eleven°° years° in Jerusalem°; and his mother’s° name° was IbHamutal° the daughter° of Jeremiah° of cLibnah°. 2 He did° aevil° in the sight° of the LORD° like all° that bJehoiakim° had done°. 3 For through° the aanger° of the LORD° [this] came° about in Jerusalem° and Judah° until° He cast° them out from His presence°. And Zedekiah° brebelled° against the king° of Babylon°. 4 aNow 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 bsiege° wall° all° around° Iit. 5 aSo the city° was under siege° until° the eleventh°° year° of King° Zedekiah°. 6 On the ninth° [day] of the afourth° month° the bfamine° was so severe° in the city° that there was no° food° for the people° of the land°. 7 Then the city° was abroken° into, and all° the bmen° 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 Icall° around° the city°. And they went° by way° of the Arabah°. 8 But the army° of the Chaldeans° pursued° the king° and aovertook° Zedekiah° in the Iplains° of Jericho°, and all° his army° was scattered° from him. 9 Then they captured° the king° and abrought° him up to the king° of Babylon° at bRiblah° in the land° of cHamath°, and he Ipassed° sentence° on him. 10 The king° of Babylon° aslaughtered° the sons° of Zedekiah° before his eyes°, and he also° slaughtered° all° the Iprinces° of Judah° in Riblah°. 11 Then he ablinded° 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°.
 IAnother reading is Hamital a2K 24:18; 2Ch 36:11 b2K 23:31; 24:18 cJsh 10:29; 2K 8:22; Is 37:8
 a1K 14:22; 2K 24:19; 2Ch 36:12 bJr 36:30, 31
 a2K 24:20; Is 3:1, 4, 5 b2Ch 36:13; Ezk 17:12-16
 ILit against it a2K 25:1; Jr 39:1; Ezk 24:1, 2; Zc 8:19 bJr 32:24
 a2K 25:2
 aJr 39:2 b2K 25:3; Is 3:1; Jr 38:9; Ezk 4:16; 5:16; 14:13
 ILit against the city on every side a2K 25:4; Jr 39:2 bJr 39:4-7; 51:32 cEzk 33:21
 ILit Arabah aJr 21:7; 32:4; 34:21; 37:17; 38:23
 ILit spoke judgments with a2K 25:6; Jr 32:4; 39:5 bNu 34:11; Jr 39:5 cNu 13:21; Jsh 13:5
 IOr commanders a2K 25:7; Jr 22:30; 39:6
 aJr 39:7; Ezk 12:13
12 ¶ aNow on the tenth° [day] of the fifth° month°, which° was the bnineteenth°° year° of King° Nebuchadnezzar°, king° of Babylon°, cNebuzaradan° the captain° of the bodyguard°, Iwho was in the service°° of the king° of Babylon°, came° to Jerusalem°. 13 He aburned° the house° of the LORD°, the bking’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° abroke° down° all° the walls° around° Jerusalem°. 15 Then Nebuzaradan° the captain° of the guard° acarried° away° into exile° some° of the poorest° of the people°, the rest° of the people° who were left° in the city°, the Ibdeserters° who° had deserted° to the king° of Babylon° and the rest° of the artisans°. 16 But aNebuzaradan° the captain° of the guard° left° some° of the poorest° of the land° to be vinedressers° and Iplowmen°.
 ILit stood before the king a2K 25:8-21; Zc 7:5; 8:19 b2K 24:12; 25:8; Jr 52:29 cJr 39:9
 a1K 9:8; 2K 25:9; 2Ch 36:19; Ps 74:6-8; 79:1; Is 64:10, 11; Lm 2:7; Mi 3:12 bJr 39:8
 a2K 25:10; Ne 1:3
 ILit fallers who had fallen a2K 25:11 bJr 39:9
 IOr unpaid laborers a2K 25:12; Jr 39:10; 40:2-6
17 ¶ Now the bronze° apillars° which° belonged to the house° of the LORD° and the bstands° and the bronze° csea°, 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 apots°, the shovels°, the snuffers°, the basins°, the Ipans° and all° the bronze° vessels° which° were used° in [temple] service°. 19 The captain° of the guard° also took° away the abowls°, the firepans°, the basins°, the pots°, the lampstands°, the Ipans° 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° Ithe sea°, [and] the stands°, which° King° Solomon° had made° for the house° of the LORD°the bronze° of all° these° vessels° was abeyond° weight°. 21 As for the pillars°, the aheight° of each° pillar° [was] eighteen°° Icubits°, and IIit [was] twelve°° cubits° in acircumference°° and four° fingers° in thickness°, [and] hollow°. 22 Now a acapital° of bronze° was on it; and the height° of each° capital° was five° cubits°, with network° and bpomegranates° upon the capital° all° around°, all° of bronze°. And the second° pillar° was like these°, including pomegranates°. 23 There were ninety-six°° Iexposed° pomegranates°; all° athe pomegranates° [numbered] a hundred° on the network° all° around°.
 a1K 7:15-22; 2K 25:13; Jr 27:19-22; 52:20-23 b1K 7:27-37 c1K 7:23-26
 IOr spoons for incense aEx 27:3; 1K 7:40, 45; 2K 25:14
 IOr spoons for incense a1K 7:49, 50; 2K 25:15
 ISo Gr and Syriac; Heb omits the sea a1K 7:47; 2K 25:16
 II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in. IILit a line of 12 cubits would encircle it a1K 7:15; 2K 25:17; 2Ch 3:15
 a1K 7:16; 2K 25:17 b1K 7:20, 42
 ILit windward a1K 7:20
24 ¶ Then the captain° of the guard° took° aSeraiah° the chief° priest° and bZephaniah° the second° priest°, with the three° Icofficers° of the temple°. 25 He also took° from the city° one° official° who° was overseer° of the men° of war°, and seven° Iof the aking’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 abrought° them to the king° of Babylon° at Riblah°. 27 Then the king° of Babylon° astruck° them down° and put° them to death° at Riblah° in the land° of Hamath°. So Judah° was bled° away° into exile° from its land°.
 ILit keepers of the door a2K 25:18; 1Ch 6:14; Ezr 7:1 b2K 25:18; Jr 21:1; 29:25, 29; 37:3 c1Ch 9:19; Jr 35:4
 ILit men of those seeing the king’s face a2K 25:19; Es 1:14
 a2K 25:20
 a2K 25:21; Ezk 8:11-18 bIs 6:11, 12; 27:10; 32:13, 14; Jr 13:19; 20:4; 25:9-11; 39:9; Ezk 33:28; Mi 4:10
28 ¶ These° are the people° whom° aNebuchadnezzar° carried° away° into exile°: in the Iseventh° year° 3,023°°°° Jews°; 29 in the eighteenth°° year° of Nebuchadnezzar° 832°°°° persons° from Jerusalem°; 30 in the twenty-third°° year° of Nebuchadnezzar°, aNebuzaradan° the captain° of the guard° carried° into exile° 745°°°° Jewish° people°; there were 4,600°°°° persons° in all°.
 IOr possibly seventeenth a2K 24:2, 3, 12-16; 2Ch 36:20; Ezr 2:1; Ne 7:6; Dn 1:1-3
 a2K 25:11; Jr 39:9
31 ¶ aNow 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 IEvil-merodach° king° of Babylon°, in the [first] year° of his reign°, IIbshowed° favor°° to Jehoiachin° king° of Judah° and brought° him out of prison°°. 32 aThen he spoke° kindly° to him and set° his throne° above°° the thrones° of the kings° who° [were] with him in Babylon°. 33 So IJehoiachin achanged° his prison° clothes°, and IIbhad° his meals° in IIIthe king’s presence° regularly° all° the days° of his life°. 34 For his allowance°, a aregular° allowance° was given° him by the king° of Babylon°, a daily° portion° all° the days° of his life° until° the day° of his death°.
 IOr Awil-Marduk (“Man of Marduk”) IILit lifted up the head of a2K 25:27 bGn 40:13, 20; Ps 3:3; 27:6
 a2K 25:28
 ILit he IILit ate IIILit his presence aGn 41:14, 42; 2K 25:29 b2S 9:7, 13; 1K 2:7
 a2S 9:10; 2K 25:30
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1 ¶ Zedekiahº [was] oneº and twentyº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª elevenºº² yearsº in Jerusalem.º And his mother'sº nameº [was] Hamutalº the daughterº of Jeremiahº of Libnah.º² 2 And he didºª [that which was] evilº in the eyesº of the LORD,º according to all² that² Jehoiakimº had done.ºª 3 For² throughº the angerº of the LORDº it came to pass² in Jerusalemº and Judah,º till² he had cast them outºª² from²² his presence,º that Zedekiahº rebelledºª against the kingº of Babylon.º
 Jsh 10:29; 15:42; 2K 24:18; 2Ch 36:11.
 1K 14:22; 2K 24:19; 2Ch 36:12; Jr 26:21; 36:21, 29; Ezk 17:16; 21:25.
 2S 24:1; 1K 10:9; 2Ch 36:13; Pv 28:2; Ec 10:16; Is 3:4; 19:4; Ezk 17:15.
Jerusalem is besieged and taken.
4 ¶ 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] Nebuchadrezzarº kingº of Babylonº came,ºª he² and all² his army,º against² Jerusalem,º and pitchedºª against² it, and builtºª fortsº against² it round about.º 5 So¹ª the cityº was besiegedº² unto² the eleventhºº yearº of kingº Zedekiah.º 6 And in the fourthº month,º in the ninthº [day] of the month,º the famineº was soreºª in the city,º so that there was² no² breadº for the peopleº of the land.º 7 Then the cityº was broken up,ºª and all² the men¹² of warº fled,ºª and went forthºª out of the cityº² by nightº by the wayº of the gateº between² the two walls,º which² [was] by² the king'sº garden;º (now the Chaldeansº [were] by² the cityº round about:)º and they went¹ª² by the wayº of the plain.º
 Lv 26:25; Dt 28:52; 2K 25:1; Is 29:3; 42:24; Jr 6:3; 32:24; 39:1; 52:7; Ezk 4:1; 21:22; 24:1; Zc 8:19; Lk 19:43; 21:20.
 Lv 26:26; Dt 28:52; 32:24; 2K 25:3; Is 3:1; Jr 15:2; 19:9; 21:9; 25:10; 38:9; 39:2; Lm 4:4; 5:10; Ezk 4:9; 5:10; 7:15; 14:21; Zc 8:19.
 Lv 26:17, 36; Dt 28:25; 32:30; Jsh 7:8; 2K 25:4; Jr 34:2; 39:4; 49:26; 51:32.
Zedekiah's sons killed, and his own eyes put out.
8 ¶ But the armyº of the Chaldeansº pursuedºª afterº the king,º and overtookºª² Zedekiahº in the plainsº of Jericho;º and all² his armyº was scatteredºª from²² him. 9 Then they tookºª² the king,º and carried him upºª unto² the kingº of Babylonº to Riblahº in the landº of Hamath;º where he gaveºª judgmentº upon² him. 10 And the kingº of Babylonº slewºª² the sonsº of Zedekiahº before his eyes:º he slewºª also²² all² the princesº of Judahº in Riblah.º 11 Then he put outºª the eyesº of Zedekiah;º and the kingº of Babylonº boundºª him in chains,º and carriedºª him to Babylon,º and putºª him in prisonºº till² the dayº of his death.º
 Is 30:16; Jr 21:7; 32:4; 34:21; 37:18; 38:23; 39:5; Lm 4:19; Ezk 12:12; 17:20; Am 2:14; 9:1.
 Nu 13:21; Jsh 13:5; 1K 8:65; 2K 23:33; 25:6; 2Ch 8:3; 33:11; Jr 32:4; 39:5; Ezk 21:25.
 Gn 21:16; 44:34; Dt 28:34; 2K 25:7, 18; Jr 22:30; 39:6; 52:24; Ezk 9:6; 11:7.
 Jr 34:3; Ezk 12:13.
Nubuzar-adan burneth and spoileth the city.
12 ¶ Now in the fifthº month,º in the tenthº [day] of the month,º which² [was] the nineteenthºº¹ yearº of Nebuchadrezzarº kingº of Babylon,º cameºª Nebuzaradan,º captainº of the guard,º [which] servedººª the kingº of Babylon,º into Jerusalem,º 13 And burnedºª² the houseº of the LORD,º and the king'sº house;º and all² the housesº of Jerusalem,º and all² the housesº of the greatº [men], burnedºª he with fire:º 14 And all² the armyº of the Chaldeans,º that² [were] with² the captainº of the guard,º brake downºª all² the wallsº of Jerusalemº round about.º 15 Then Nebuzaradanº the captainº of the guardº carried away captiveºª [certain] of the poorº² of the people,º and the residueº of the peopleº that remainedºª in the city,º and those that fell away,ºª that² fellºª to² the kingº of Babylon,º and the restº of the multitude.º 16 But Nebuzaradanº the captainº of the guardº leftºª [certain] of the poorº² of the landº for vinedressersº and for husbandmen.ºª 17 Also 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 the Chaldeansº brake,ºª and carriedºª² all² the brassº of them to Babylon.º 18 The caldronsº also, and the shovels,º and the snuffers,º and the bowls,º and the spoons,º and all² the vesselsº of brassº wherewith² they ministered,ºª took they away.ºª 19 And the basons,º and the firepans,º and the bowls,º and the caldrons,º and the candlesticks,º and the spoons,º and the cups;º [that] which² [was] of goldº [in] gold,º and [that] which² [was] of silverº [in] silver,º tookºª the captainº of the guardº away.¹ª 20 The twoº pillars,º oneº sea,º and twelveºº brasenº bullsº that² [were] under² the bases,º which² kingº Solomonº had madeºª in the houseº of the LORD:º the brassº of all² these² vesselsº was² without² weight.º 21 And [concerning] the pillars,º the heightº of oneº pillarº [was] eighteenºº cubits;º and a filletº of twelveºº cubitsº did compassºª it; and the thicknessº thereof [was] fourº fingers:º [it was] hollow.ºª 22 And a chapiterº of brassº [was] upon² it; and the heightº of oneº chapiterº [was] fiveº cubits,º with networkº and pomegranatesº upon² the chapitersº round about,º all² [of] brass.º The secondº pillarº also and the pomegranatesº [were] like unto these.² 23 And there were² ninetyº and sixº pomegranatesº on a side;º [and] all² the pomegranatesº upon² the networkº [were] an hundredº round about.º
 Gn 37:36; 2K 24:12; 25:8; Jr 39:9; 52:14, 29; Zc 7:3; 8:19.
 2K 25:9; 2Ch 36:19; Ps 74:6; 79:1; Is 64:10; Jr 7:14; 22:14; 34:22; 37:8; 38:23; 39:8; Lm 2:7; Ezk 7:20; 24:1, 21; Am 2:5; 3:10; 6:11; Mi 3:12; Zc 11:1; Mt 24:2; Ac 6:13.
 2K 25:10; Ne 1:3.
 Jr 15:1; Zc 14:2.
 2K 25:12; Jr 39:9; 40:5; Ezk 33:24.
 1K 7:15, 23, 27, 50; 2K 25:13; 2Ch 4:12, 14; 36:18; Jr 27:19; 52:21; Lm 1:10; Dn 1:2.
 Ex 25:29; 27:3; 37:16, 23; 38:3; Nu 4:7, 14; 7:13, 19, 26, 32, 38, 44, 50, 56; 1K 7:40, 45, 50; 2K 25:14; 1Ch 28:17; 2Ch 4:8, 11, 16, 22; 24:14; Ezr 1:10; Ezk 46:20.
 Ex 25:31; Lv 26:12; Nu 16:46; 1K 7:49; 2Ch 4:6; Rv 8:3.
 1K 7:47; 2K 25:16; 1Ch 22:14; 2Ch 4:18; Jr 52:17.
 1K 7:15; 2K 25:17; 2Ch 3:15.
 Ex 28:14, 25; 39:15; 1K 7:17; 2Ch 3:15; 4:12.
 1K 7:20.
He carrieth away the captives.
24 ¶ 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 25 He tookºª also out of² the cityº anº eunuch,º which² had² the chargeº of² the men¹² of war;º and sevenº men¹² of them that were nearºª² the king'sº person,º which² were foundºª in the city;º and the principalº scribeºª of the host,º who musteredºª² the peopleº of the land;º and threescoreº menº of the peopleº² of the land,º that were foundºª in the midstº of the city.º 26 So Nebuzaradanº the captainº of the guardº tookºª them, and brought¹ª² them to² the kingº of Babylonº to Riblah.º 27 And the kingº of Babylonº smoteºª them, and put them to deathºª in Riblahº in the land¹² of Hamath.º Thus Judahº was carried away captiveºª out of²² his own land.¹² 28 This² [is] the peopleº whom² Nebuchadrezzarº carried away captive:ºª in the seventhº yearº threeº thousandº Jewsº and threeº and twenty:º 29 In the eighteenthºº yearº of Nebuchadrezzarº he carried away captiveºª from Jerusalemº² eightº hundredº thirtyº and twoº persons:º 30 In the threeº and twentiethº yearº of Nebuchadrezzarº Nebuzaradanº the captainº of the guardº carried away captiveºª of the Jewsº sevenº hundredº fortyº and fiveº persons:º all² the personsº [were] fourº thousandº and sixº hundred.º
 2K 25:18; 1Ch 6:14; 9:19; Ezr 7:1; Ps 84:10; Jr 21:1; 29:25, 29; 35:4; 37:3; 52:12, 15.
 2K 25:19; Es 1:14; Mt 18:10.
 Lv 26:33; Nu 34:8; Dt 4:26; 28:36, 64; 2S 8:9; 2K 17:20, 23; 23:27; 25:20, 21; Is 6:11; 24:3; 27:10; 32:13; Jr 6:13; 24:9; 25:9; 39:10; 52:9; Ezk 8:11; 11:1; 33:28; Mi 4:10.
 2K 24:2, 12; Dn 1:1.
 Gn 12:5; Ex 1:5; 2K 25:11; 2Ch 36:20; Jr 39:9; 52:12.
 Jr 6:9; 52:15.
Evil-Merodach advanceth Jehoiachin.
31 ¶ 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 in the fiveº and twentiethº [day] of the month,º [that] Evilmerodachº kingº of Babylonº in the [first] yearº of his reignº lifted upºª² the headº of Jehoiachinº kingº of Judah,º and brought him forthºª² out of prison,ºº² 32 And spakeºª kindlyº unto² him, and setºª² his throneº aboveº² the throneº of the kingsº that² [were] with² him in Babylon,º 33 And changedºª² his prisonº garments:º and he did continuallyº eatºª breadº beforeº him all² the daysº of his life.º 34 And [for] his diet,º there was a continualº dietº givenºª him of²² the kingº of Babylon,º every¹ dayº a portionº until² the dayº of his death,º all² the daysº of his life.º
 Gn 40:13, 20; 2K 25:27; Jb 22:29; Ps 3:3; 27:6; Pv 21:1.
 Pv 12:25; Jr 27:6; Dn 2:37; 5:18.
 Gn 41:14, 42; 2S 9:7, 13; 1K 2:7; Ps 30:11; Is 61:1; Zc 3:4.
 2S 9:10; Mt 6:11; Lk 11:3.
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