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.
He set fire1 to the temple of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.2
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The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down the walls3 around Jerusalem.
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Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile4 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.5
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But the commander left behind some of the poorest people6 of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
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The Babylonians broke7 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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They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, dishes8 and all the bronze articles9 used in the temple service.
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The commander of the imperial guard took away the censers and sprinkling bowls--all that were made of pure gold or silver.10
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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 pillar11 was twenty-seven feet high. The bronze capital on top of one pillar was four and a half feet high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its network, was similar.
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The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah12 the chief priest, Zephaniah13 the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.14
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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.
There at Riblah,15 in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed.16 So Judah went into captivity,17 away from her land.18
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