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2 Kings 25

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 1 Now it came to pass in the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against Jerusalem with all his army and encamped outside it and built siege works all around it.

 2 So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.

 3 By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine had become so severe in the city there was no food for the people of the land.

 4 Then the city wall was broken through; and the king and all the men of war fled by night through the gate between the two walls of the king's garden, even though the Chaldeans were surrounding the city. And the king went toward the plain [the Jordan Valley].

 5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. And all his army was separated from him,

 6 So they captured him and brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and sentence was passed on him.

 7 They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. Then they put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronze shackles and carried him to Babylon.[As was foretold by the prophets.]

 8 And on the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.

 9 And he burned the temple of the LORD, the king's palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem; he burned down every great man's house.

 10 And the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem.

 11 Now the rest of the people who were left in the city, and the deserters who had defected to the king of Babylon, along with the rest of the multitude, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away.

 12 But the captain of the guard left some of the poor of the land to be vine dressers and farmers.

 13 The Chaldeans broke in pieces the pillars of bronze that were in the temple of the LORD and its bases and the bronze Sea and carried the bronze to Babylon.

 14 And they took away the pots, shovels, snuffers, spoons, and all the vessels of bronze with which the priests ministered.

 15  The captain of the guard also took away the fire pans and the bowls, and the things that were of gold and of silver.

 16 The bronze from the two pillars, one Sea, and the bases that Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was beyond measure.

 17 The height of one pillar was eighteen cubits [27 feet], and upon it was a capital of bronze. The height of each capital was three cubits; and the network and pomegranates around the capitals were all of bronze. The second pillar, with its network, was the same as these.

 18 The captain of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the second priest, and the three doorkeepers.

 19 Of those still in found the city he took the officer who was in command of the men of war and five men who were advisors to the king. And he also took the scribe of the army captain who mustered the people of the land and sixty men who were found in the city.

 20 So Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.

 21 And the king of Babylon executed them at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away captive out of their own land.

 22 Then Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to be over the people who remained behind in the land of Judah.

 23 And when all the captains of the armies and their men heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, they came with their men to Gedaliah at Mizpah — Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, Johanan the son of Careah, Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachathite.

 24 And Gedaliah swore to them and to their men, saying, "Do not be afraid of the officials of the Chaldeans. 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 royal family, came with ten men and struck and killed Gedaliah and the Jews and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah.

 26 Then all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose and went to Egypt, for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.

 27 And in the thirty seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, on the twenty seventh day of the twelfth month, Evilmerodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, released Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison.

 28 And he spoke kindly to him and set his throne higher than the throne of the other kings who were with him in Babylon.

 29 So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes, and he ate regularly at the king's table all the days of his life.

 30 And his allowance, a continual one, was given to him by the king, a daily portion every day, all the days of his life.


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