The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down the walls1 around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile2 the people who remained in the city, along with the rest of the populace and those who had gone over to the king of Babylon.312
But the commander left behind some of the poorest people4 of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The Babylonians broke5 up the bronze pillars, the movable stands and the bronze Sea that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried the bronze to Babylon.
They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, dishes6 and all the bronze articles7 used in the temple service.
The commander of the imperial guard took away the censers and sprinkling bowls--all that were made of pure gold or silver.816
The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the movable stands, which Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was more than could be weighed.
Each pillar9 was twenty-seven feeta high. The bronze capital on top of one pillar was four and a half feetb high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its network, was similar.
The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah10 the chief priest, Zephaniah11 the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.1219
Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men and five royal advisers. He also took the secretary who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land and sixty of his men who were found in the city.
Nebuzaradan the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.