NASB — Jeremiah 52 — KJV

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.

[1] IAnother reading is Hamital a2K 24:18; 2Ch 36:11 b2K 23:31; 24:18 cJsh 10:29; 2K 8:22; Is 37:8
[2] a1K 14:22; 2K 24:19; 2Ch 36:12 bJr 36:30, 31
[3] a2K 24:20; Is 3:1, 4, 5 b2Ch 36:13; Ezk 17:12-16
[4] ILit against it a2K 25:1; Jr 39:1; Ezk 24:1, 2; Zc 8:19 bJr 32:24
[5] a2K 25:2
[6] aJr 39:2 b2K 25:3; Is 3:1; Jr 38:9; Ezk 4:16; 5:16; 14:13
[7] ILit against the city on every side a2K 25:4; Jr 39:2 bJr 39:4-7; 51:32 cEzk 33:21
[8] ILit Arabah aJr 21:7; 32:4; 34:21; 37:17; 38:23
[9] ILit spoke judgments with a2K 25:6; Jr 32:4; 39:5 bNu 34:11; Jr 39:5 cNu 13:21; Jsh 13:5
[10] IOr commanders a2K 25:7; Jr 22:30; 39:6
[11] aJr 39:7; Ezk 12:13

12aNow 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.

[12] 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
[13] 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
[14] a2K 25:10; Ne 1:3
[15] ILit fallers who had fallen a2K 25:11 bJr 39:9
[16] 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.

[17] a1K 7:15-22; 2K 25:13; Jr 27:19-22; 52:20-23 b1K 7:27-37 c1K 7:23-26
[18] IOr spoons for incense aEx 27:3; 1K 7:40, 45; 2K 25:14
[19] IOr spoons for incense a1K 7:49, 50; 2K 25:15
[20] ISo Gr and Syriac; Heb omits the sea a1K 7:47; 2K 25:16
[21] 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
[22] a1K 7:16; 2K 25:17 b1K 7:20, 42
[23] 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.

[24] 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
[25] ILit men of those seeing the king’s face a2K 25:19; Es 1:14
[26] a2K 25:20
[27] 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.

[28] IOr possibly seventeenth a2K 24:2, 3, 12-16; 2Ch 36:20; Ezr 2:1; Ne 7:6; Dn 1:1-3
[30] a2K 25:11; Jr 39:9

31aNow 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.

[31] IOr Awil-Marduk (“Man of Marduk”) IILit lifted up the head of a2K 25:27 bGn 40:13, 20; Ps 3:3; 27:6
[32] a2K 25:28
[33] ILit he IILit ate IIILit his presence aGn 41:14, 42; 2K 25:29 b2S 9:7, 13; 1K 2:7
[34] a2S 9:10; 2K 25:30


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Zedekiah rebelleth.

1 ¶ Zedekiah [was] one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 2 And he did [that which was] evil in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 3 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

[1] Jsh 10:29; 15:42; 2K 24:18; 2Ch 36:11.
[2] 1K 14:22; 2K 24:19; 2Ch 36:12; Jr 26:21; 36:21, 29; Ezk 17:16; 21:25.
[3] 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 pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth [day] of the month, [that] Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about. 5 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. 6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth [day] of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land. 7 Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which [was] by the king's garden; (now the Chaldeans [were] by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain.

[4] 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.
[6] 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.
[7] 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 army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him. 9 Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon him. 10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. 11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

[8] 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.
[9] 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.
[10] Gn 21:16; 44:34; Dt 28:34; 2K 25:7, 18; Jr 22:30; 39:6; 52:24; Ezk 9:6; 11:7.
[11] Jr 34:3; Ezk 12:13.

Nubuzar-adan burneth and spoileth the city.

12 ¶ Now in the fifth month, in the tenth [day] of the month, which [was] the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, [which] served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, 13 And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great [men], burned he with fire: 14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that [were] with the captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about. 15 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive [certain] of the poor of the people, and the residue of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude. 16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left [certain] of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen. 17 Also 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, the Chaldeans brake, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon. 18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away. 19 And the basons, and the firepans, and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; [that] which [was] of gold [in] gold, and [that] which [was] of silver [in] silver, took the captain of the guard away. 20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brasen bulls that [were] under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the LORD: the brass of all these vessels was without weight. 21 And [concerning] the pillars, the height of one pillar [was] eighteen cubits; and a fillet of twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness thereof [was] four fingers: [it was] hollow. 22 And a chapiter of brass [was] upon it; and the height of one chapiter [was] five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the chapiters round about, all [of] brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates [were] like unto these. 23 And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; [and] all the pomegranates upon the network [were] an hundred round about.

[12] Gn 37:36; 2K 24:12; 25:8; Jr 39:9; 52:14, 29; Zc 7:3; 8:19.
[13] 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.
[14] 2K 25:10; Ne 1:3.
[15] Jr 15:1; Zc 14:2.
[16] 2K 25:12; Jr 39:9; 40:5; Ezk 33:24.
[17] 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.
[18] 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.
[19] Ex 25:31; Lv 26:12; Nu 16:46; 1K 7:49; 2Ch 4:6; Rv 8:3.
[20] 1K 7:47; 2K 25:16; 1Ch 22:14; 2Ch 4:18; Jr 52:17.
[21] 1K 7:15; 2K 25:17; 2Ch 3:15.
[22] Ex 28:14, 25; 39:15; 1K 7:17; 2Ch 3:15; 4:12.
[23] 1K 7:20.

He carrieth away the captives.

24 ¶ And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door: 25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, which had the charge of the men of war; and seven men of them that were near the king's person, which were found in the city; and the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city. 26 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah. 27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried away captive out of his own land. 28 This [is] the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty: 29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two persons: 30 In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the persons [were] four thousand and six hundred.

[24] 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.
[25] 2K 25:19; Es 1:14; Mt 18:10.
[27] 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.
[28] 2K 24:2, 12; Dn 1:1.
[29] Gn 12:5; Ex 1:5; 2K 25:11; 2Ch 36:20; Jr 39:9; 52:12.
[30] Jr 6:9; 52:15.

Evil-Merodach advanceth Jehoiachin.

31 ¶ And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth [day] of the month, [that] Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the [first] year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison, 32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that [were] with him in Babylon, 33 And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life. 34 And [for] his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.

[31] Gn 40:13, 20; 2K 25:27; Jb 22:29; Ps 3:3; 27:6; Pv 21:1.
[32] Pv 12:25; Jr 27:6; Dn 2:37; 5:18.
[33] Gn 41:14, 42; 2S 9:7, 13; 1K 2:7; Ps 30:11; Is 61:1; Zc 3:4.
[34] 2S 9:10; Mt 6:11; Lk 11:3.


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