2 Kings 25
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.
2And the city was besieged unto the eleventh
year of king Zedekiah.
3And 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.
4And 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.
5And 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.
6So they took the king, and brought him up
to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.
7And 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 Babylon.
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:
9And 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.
all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.
11Now 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.
12But the captain of the guard left of the
poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.
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.
14And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith
they ministered, took they away.
firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took
16The 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.
17The 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.
18And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and
the three keepers of the door:
19And 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:
Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:
21And 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.
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.
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.
24And 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.
25But 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.
all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the
27And 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;
28And he spake kindly to him,
and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;
29And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before him all the days of his
30And his allowance was a continual
allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.