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2 Kings - Chapter 25

2 Kings Chapters

1 In the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem with his entire army; he pitched camp in front of the city and threw up earthworks round it.

2 The city lay under siege till the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.

3 In the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, when famine was raging in the city and there was no food for the populace,

4 a breach was made in the city wall. The king then made his escape under cover of dark, with all the fighting men, by way of the gate between the two walls, which is near the king's garden -- the Chaldaeans had surrounded the city -- and made his way towards the Arabah.

5 The Chaldaean troops pursued the king and caught up with him in the Plains of Jericho, where all his troops deserted.

6 The Chaldaeans captured the king and took him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, who passed sentence on him.

7 He had Zedekiah's sons slaughtered before his eyes, then put out Zedekiah's eyes and, loading him with chains, carried him off to Babylon.

8 In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month -- it was in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon -- Nebuzaradan commander of the guard, a member of the king of Babylon's staff, entered Jerusalem.

9 He burned down the Temple of Yahweh, the royal palace and all the houses in Jerusalem.

10 The Chaldaean troops who accompanied the commander of the guard demolished the walls surrounding Jerusalem.

11 Nebuzaradan commander of the guard deported the remainder of the population left in the city, the deserters who had gone over to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the common people.

12 But the commander of the guard left some of the poor country people behind as vineyard workers and ploughmen.

13 The Chaldaeans broke up the bronze pillars from the Temple of Yahweh, the wheeled stands and the bronze Sea, which were in the Temple of Yahweh, and took the bronze away to Babylon.

14 They also took the ash containers, the scoops, the knives, the incense boats, and all the bronze furnishings used in worship.

15 The commander of the guard also took the censers and the sprinkling bowls, everything made of gold and everything made of silver.

16 As regards the two pillars, the one Sea and the wheeled stands, which Solomon of bronze in all these objects.

17 The height of one pillar was eighteen cubits, and on it stood a capital of bronze, the height of the capital being five cubits; round the capital were filigree