Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile1 some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmena and those who had gone over2 to the king of Babylon.
But Nebuzaradan left behind3 the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,4 the movable stands5 and the bronze Sea6 that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.718
They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls,8 dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.919
The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers,10 sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands,11 dishes12 and bowls used for drink offerings13--all that were made of pure gold or silver.1420
The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls15 under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was more than could be weighed.1621
Each of the pillars was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumferenceb; each was four fingers thick, and hollow.1722
The bronze capital18 on top of the one pillar was five cubitsc high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates19 of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar.
There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates20 above the surrounding network was a hundred.2124
The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah22 the chief priest, Zephaniah23 the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.2425
Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and seven royal advisers. He also took the secretary25 who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land and sixty of his men who were found in the city.