Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death.112
On the tenth day of the fifth2 month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan3 commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He set fire4 to the temple5 of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses6 of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.
The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down all the walls7 around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile8 some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmena and those who had gone over9 to the king of Babylon.
But Nebuzaradan left behind10 the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,11 the movable stands12 and the bronze Sea13 that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.1418
They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls,15 dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.1619
The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers,17 sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands,18 dishes19 and bowls used for drink offerings20--all that were made of pure gold or silver.2120
The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls22 under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was more than could be weighed.2321
Each of the pillars was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumferenceb; each was four fingers thick, and hollow.2422
The bronze capital25 on top of the one pillar was five cubitsc high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates26 of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar.
There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates27 above the surrounding network was a hundred.2824
The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah29 the chief priest, Zephaniah30 the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.3125
Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and seven royal advisers. He also took the secretary32 who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land and sixty of his men who were found in the city.
Nebuzaradan33 the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.
There at Riblah,34 in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed. So Judah went into captivity, away35 from her land.