and he was captured.1 He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah2 in the land of Hamath,3 where he pronounced sentence on him.
There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons4 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.512
On the tenth day of the fifth6 month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan7 commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He set fire8 to the temple9 of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses10 of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.
The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down all the walls11 around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile12 some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmena and those who had gone over13 to the king of Babylon.
But Nebuzaradan left behind14 the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,15 the movable stands16 and the bronze Sea17 that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.1818
They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls,19 dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.2019
The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers,21 sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands,22 dishes23 and bowls used for drink offerings24--all that were made of pure gold or silver.25