Fall of Jerusalem
52:1 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he
began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
And his mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah
52:2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the
LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
52:3 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in
Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his
presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of
52:4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in
the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that
Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army,
against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts
against it round about.
52:5 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of
52:6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the
month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no
bread for the people of the land.
52:7 Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war
fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of
the gate between the two walls, which was by the king's
garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about:)
and they went by the way of the plain.
52:8 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king,
and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his
army was scattered from him.
52:9 Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the
king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he
gave judgment upon him.
52:10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah
before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in
52:11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of
Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and
put him in prison till the day of his death.
52:12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the
month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king
of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which
served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,
52:13 And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's
house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses
of the great men, burned he with fire:
52:14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the
captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem
52:15 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried
away captive certain of the poor of the people, and the
residue of the people that remained in the city, and those
that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the
rest of the multitude.
52:16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left certain
of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen.
52:17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the house of
the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the
house of the LORD, the Chaldeans brake, and carried all the
brass of them to Babylon.
52:18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers,
and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass
wherewith they ministered, took they away.
52:19 And the basons, and the firepans, and the bowls, and
the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the
cups; that which was of gold in gold, and that which was of
silver in silver, took the captain of the guard away.
52:20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brasen bulls
that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made in
the house of the LORD: the brass of all these vessels was
52:21 And concerning the pillars, the height of one pillar
was eighteen cubits; and a fillet of twelve cubits did
compass it; and the thickness thereof was four fingers: it
52:22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and the height
of one chapiter was five cubits, with network and
pomegranates upon the chapiters round about, all of brass.
The second pillar also and the pomegranates were like unto
52:23 And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side;
and all the pomegranates upon the network were an hundred
52:24 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief
priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three
keepers of the door:
52:25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, which had the
charge of the men of war; and seven men of them that were
near the king's person, which were found in the city; and
the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of
the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that
were found in the midst of the city.
52:26 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them,
and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah.
52:27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to
death in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah was
carried away captive out of his own land.
52:28 This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away
captive: in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three
52:29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried
away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two
52:30 In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar
Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of
the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the
persons were four thousand and six hundred.
52:31 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year
of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth
month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that
Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign
lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought
him forth out of prison.
52:32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above
the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon,
52:33 And changed his prison garments: and he did
continually eat bread before him all the days of his life.
52:34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given
him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the
day of his death, all the days of his life.