On the tenth day of the fifth1 month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan2 commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He set fire3 to the temple4 of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses5 of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.
The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down all the walls6 around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile7 some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmena and those who had gone over8 to the king of Babylon.
But Nebuzaradan left behind9 the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,10 the movable stands11 and the bronze Sea12 that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.1318
They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls,14 dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.1519
The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers,16 sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands,17 dishes18 and bowls used for drink offerings19--all that were made of pure gold or silver.2020
The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls21 under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was more than could be weighed.2221
Each of the pillars was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumferenceb; each was four fingers thick, and hollow.2322
The bronze capital24 on top of the one pillar was five cubitsc high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates25 of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar.
There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates26 above the surrounding network was a hundred.2724
The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah28 the chief priest, Zephaniah29 the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.30