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2 Kings 25:3-13 (New International Version)

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3 By the ninth day of the [fourth]a month the famine1 in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat. 4 Then the city wall was broken through,2 and the whole army fled at night through the gate between the two walls near the king's garden, though the Babyloniansb were surrounding3 the city. They fled toward the Arabah,c 5 but the Babyloniand army pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered,4 6 and he was captured.5 He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah,6 where sentence was pronounced on him. 7 They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.7 8 On the seventh day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard, an official of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 9 He set fire8 to the temple of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.9 10 The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down the walls10 around Jerusalem. 11 Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile11 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.12 12 But the commander left behind some of the poorest people13 of the land to work the vineyards and fields. 13 The Babylonians broke14 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.
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