There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons1 of Zedekiah before his eyes; he also killed all the officials of Judah.
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.212
On the tenth day of the fifth3 month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan4 commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He set fire5 to the temple6 of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses7 of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.
The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down all the walls8 around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile9 some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmena and those who had gone over10 to the king of Babylon.
But Nebuzaradan left behind11 the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,12 the movable stands13 and the bronze Sea14 that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.1518
They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls,16 dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.1719
The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers,18 sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands,19 dishes20 and bowls used for drink offerings21--all that were made of pure gold or silver.2220
The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls23 under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was more than could be weighed.24