|Jeremiah 52 |
1 Zedekiah was twenty-one 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 what 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, until he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
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 Nebuchadnezzar 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 to the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was critical 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; and they fled by across the plain, (but the Chaldeans were all around the city).
8 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 to 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 also slew 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 until the day of his death.
12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,
13 And he burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and he burned with fire all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men.
14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, broke down all the walls of Jerusalem all around.
15 Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried away captive some of the poor of the people, the remainder of the people that remained in the city, those who had fled 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 vine dressers and for husbandmen.
17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brass sea that was in the house of the LORD were broken by the Chaldeans; and they carried all of them made of brass to Babylon.
18 The caldrons also, the shovels, the snuffers, the bowls, the spoons, and all the vessels of brass with which they ministered, were taken away by them.
19 And the basins, the fire pans, the bowls, the caldrons, the candlesticks, the spoons, and the cups made of gold or silver were taken away by the captain of the guard.
20 The were two pillars, one sea, and twelve brass bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the LORD. The brass of all these vessels was beyond weighing.
21 And concerning the pillars: the height of one pillar was twelve feet; and a metal band of eight feet surrounded it, which was hollow and three inches thick.
22 And a cap of brass was upon it; and the height of one cap was three feet, with a network and pomegranates upon the caps of brass all around. The second pillar and the pomegranates were also like it.
23 And there were ninety-six pomegranates on a side; and all there were about one hundred pomegranates in the network around about.
24 The captain of the guard took Seraiah, the chief priest' Zephaniah the second priest; and the three keepers of the door.
25 He took also out of the city a eunuch, who had the charge of the men of war; seven men, who were near the king's person and were found in the city; the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the land, who 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 executed them in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried away captive out of his own land.
28 These are the people whom Nebuchadnezzar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand twenty three Jews.
29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar, he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty two persons.
30 In the twenty third year of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried away captive seven hundred forty five Jews. The total number of people carried away was four thousand six hundred.
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 freed from prison Jehoiachin, king of Judah, and brought him out.
32 He spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon,
33 He changed his prison garments. And Jehoiachin continually ate bread before him all the days of his life.
34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him by the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.