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2 Kings 25:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 But the commander left behind some of the poorest people1 of the land to work the vineyards and fields. 13 The Babylonians broke2 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. 14 They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, dishes3 and all the bronze articles4 used in the temple service. 15 The commander of the imperial guard took away the censers and sprinkling bowls--all that were made of pure gold or silver.5 16 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. 17 Each pillar6 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. 18 The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah7 the chief priest, Zephaniah8 the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.9 19 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. 20 Nebuzaradan the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 21 There at Riblah,10 in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed.11 So Judah went into captivity,12 away from her land.13 22 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah14 son of Ahikam,15 the son of Shaphan, to be over the people he had left behind in Judah.
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