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.
And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
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.
In the ninth year of King Zedekiah's reign, the Chaldeans (Babylonians) besieged Jerusalem.
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.
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.
So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to
Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.
Zedekiah tried to get away, but the Chaldeans caught him and his soldiers.
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
They killed Zedekiah's sons in front of him, poked out his eyes, and carried him to Babylon. [1
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:
On the seventh day of the month ... he burnt the house of the LORD.
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.
The Babylonians burned Jerusalem, including the houses of God and the king.
And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard,
brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.
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.
But the captain of the guard left of the door of the poor of the land to
be vinedressers and husbandmen.
They broke down the walls and took all the people away to Babylon.
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.
They took everything of value in God's house, including the pillars of brass and brass sea.
And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, and all
the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.
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.
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.
They took the pots, shovels, snuffers, spoons, firepans, and bowls.
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.
And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah
the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:
The height of the chapiter three cubits.
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:
And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the
king of Babylon to Riblah:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five men of them that were in the king's presence.
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;
And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the
kings that were with him in Babylon;
And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before
him all the days of his life.
And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily
rate for every day, all the days of his life.
On the seven and twentieth day of the month