11Now in the ninthyear of his reign, on the tenth day of the tenthmonth, 2Nebuchadnezzarking of Babyloncame, he and all his army, againstJerusalem, campedagainst it and 3built a siegewallallaroundait.
So the city was under siegeuntil the eleventhyear of KingZedekiah.
On the ninth day of the fourth month4the famine was so severe in the city that there was nofood for the people of the land.
45Then the city was broken into, and all the men of war fled by night by way of the gatebetween the two wallsbeside6the king'sgarden, though the Chaldeans were allaround the city. And bthey went by way of the Arabah.
But the army of the Chaldeanspursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho and all his army was scattered from him.
Then 7they captured the king and 8brought him to the king of Babylon at 9Riblah, and che passedsentence on him.
710They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, then 11put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronzefetters and brought him to Babylon.
812Now on the seventh day of the 13fifthmonth, which was the nineteenthyear of KingNebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
914He burned the house of the LORD, 15the king'shouse, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even everygreathouse he burned with fire.
So all the army of the Chaldeanswho were with the captain of the guard16brokedown the wallsaroundJerusalem.
Then 17the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserterswho had deserted to the king of Babylon and the rest of the people, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guardcarriedaway into exile.
But the captain of the guardleftsome of 18the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen.
1319Now the bronzepillarswhich were in the house of the LORD, and the stands and 20the bronzeseawhich were in the house of the LORD, the Chaldeansbroke in pieces and carried the dbronze to Babylon.
1421They took away the pots, the shovels, the snuffers, the spoons, and all the bronzevesselswhich were used in temple service.
The captain of the guard also took away the firepans and the basins, what was finegold and what was finesilver.
The twopillars, the onesea, and the standswhichSolomon had made for the house of the LORD -22the bronze of allthesevessels was beyondweight.
1723The height of the onepillar was eighteenecubits, and a bronzecapital was on it; the height of the capital was threefcubits, with a network and pomegranates on the capitalallaround, all of bronze. And the secondpillar was like these with network.
Then the captain of the guardtook24Seraiah the chiefpriest and 25Zephaniah the secondpriest, with the threegofficers of the temple.
From the city he tookoneofficialwho was overseer of the men of war, and 26fivehof the king'sadviserswho were found in the city; and the iscribe of the captain of the army who mustered the people of the land; and sixtymen of the people of the land who were found in the city.
20Nebuzaradan the captain of the guardtook them and brought them to the king of Babylon at 27Riblah.
Then the king of Babylonstruck them down and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. 28So Judah was ledaway into exile from its land.
Now as for the people who were left in the land of Judah, whomNebuchadnezzarking of Babylon had left, he appointed29Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphanover them.
2330When all the captains of the forces, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had appointedGedaliah governor, they came to Gedaliah to 31Mizpah, namely, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men.
24Gedaliahswore to them and their men and said to them, "Do not be afraid of the servants of the Chaldeans; live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will be well with you."
2532But it came about in the seventhmonth, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royaljfamily, camekwith tenmen and struckGedaliah down so that he died along with the Jews and the Chaldeanswho were with him at Mizpah.
2633Then all the people, bothsmall and great, and the captains of the forcesarose and went to Egypt; for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.
2734Now it came about in the thirty-seventhyear of 35the exile of Jehoiachinking of Judah, in the twelfthmonth, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-merodachking of Babylon, in the year that he becameking, l36releasedJehoiachinking of Judah from prison ;
and he 37spokekindly to him and set his throneabove the throne of the kingswho were with him in Babylon.
29mJehoiachin changed his prisonclothes and n38had his meals in othe king's presenceregularlyall the days of his life;
and for his 39allowance, a regularallowance was given him by the king, a portion for eachday, all the days of his life.