The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down all the walls1 around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile2 some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmena and those who had gone over3 to the king of Babylon.
But Nebuzaradan left behind4 the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,5 the movable stands6 and the bronze Sea7 that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.818
They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls,9 dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.1019
The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers,11 sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands,12 dishes13 and bowls used for drink offerings14--all that were made of pure gold or silver.1520
The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls16 under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was more than could be weighed.1721
Each of the pillars was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumferenceb; each was four fingers thick, and hollow.1822
The bronze capital19 on top of the one pillar was five cubitsc high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates20 of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar.
There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates21 above the surrounding network was a hundred.2224
The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah23 the chief priest, Zephaniah24 the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.25