2 Kings 25
Jerusalem is besieged.
2 Kings 25:1 And it came to passe in the ninth yeere of his reigne, in the tenth moneth, in the tenth [day] of the moneth, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, hee, and all his hoste, against Ierusalem, and pitched against it, and they built fortes against it, round about. 2 Kings 25:2 And the citie was besieged vnto the eleuenth yeere of king Zedekiah. 2 Kings 25:3 And on the ninth [day] of the [fourth] moneth, the famine preuailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.
Zedekiah taken, his sons slain, his eyes put out.
2 Kings 25:4 And the citie was broken vp, and all the men of warre [fled] by night, by the way of the gate, betweene two walles, which [is] by the kings garden, (now the Caldees [were] against the citie round about) and [the King] went the way toward the plaine. 2 Kings 25:5 And the army of the Caldees pursued after the King, and ouertooke him in the plaines of Iericho: and all his armie were scattered from him. 2 Kings 25:6 So they tooke the King, and brought him vp to the King of Babylon, to Riblah, and they gaue iudgement vpon him. 2 Kings 25:7 And they slew the sonnes of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brasse, and carried him to Babylon.
Nebuzar-adan defaceth the city, carrieth the remnant, except a few poor labourers, into captivity,
2 Kings 25:8 And in the fifth moneth, on the seuenth [day] of the moneth (which is the nineteenth yeere of King Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon) came Nebuzaradan captaine of the guard, a seruant of the king of Babylon, vnto Ierusalem: 2 Kings 25:9 And hee burnt the house of the LORD, and the kings house, and all the houses of Ierusalem, and euery great mans house burnt he with fire. 2 Kings 25:10 And all the army of the Caldees that were with the captaine of the guard, brake downe the walles of Ierusalem round about. 2 Kings 25:11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the citie, and the fugitiues that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captaine of the guard cary away. 2 Kings 25:12 But the captaine of the guard left of the poore of the land, to be Uine-dressers, and husbandmen.
spoileth and carrieth away the treasures.
2 Kings 25:13 And the pillars of brasse that [were] in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that [was] in the house of the LORD, did the Caldees breake in pieces, and caried the brasse of them to Babylon. 2 Kings 25:14 And the pots, and the shouels, and the snuffers, and the spoones, and all the vessels of brasse wherewith they ministred, tooke they away. 2 Kings 25:15 And the fire-pans, and the bowles, & such things as were of golde, [in] golde, and of siluer, [in] siluer, the captaine of the guard tooke away. 2 Kings 25:16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made for the house of the LORD, the brasse of al these vessels was without weight. 2 Kings 25:17 The height of the one pillar was eighteene cubits, and the chapiter vpon it was brasse: and the height of the chapiter three cubites; and the wreathen worke, and pomegranates vpon the chapiter round about, all of brasse: and like vnto these had the second pillar with wreathen worke.
The nobles are slain at Riblah.
2 Kings 25:18 And the captaine of the guard, tooke Seraiah the chiefe Priest, and Zephaniah the second Priest, and the three keepers of the doore. 2 Kings 25:19 And out of the citie hee tooke an Officer, that was set ouer the men of warre, and fiue men of them that were in the kings presence, which were found in the citie, and the principall Scribe of the hoste, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the citie. 2 Kings 25:20 And Nebuzaradan captaine of the guard tooke these, and brought them to the king of Babylon, to Riblah. 2 Kings 25:21 And the King of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath: so Iudah was caried away out of their land.
Gedaliah, who was set over them that remained, being slain, the rest flee into Egypt.
2 Kings 25:22 And as for the people that remained in the land of Iudah, whom Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon had left, euen ouer them he made Gedaliah the sonne of Ahikam, the sonne of Shaphan, ruler. 2 Kings 25:23 And when all the captaines of the armies, they, and their men, heard that the King of Babylon had made Gedaliah gouernour, there came to Gedaliah to Mispah, euen Ishmael the sonne of Nethaniah, and Iohanan the sonne of Careah, and Seraiah the sonne of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Iaazaniah the sonne of a Maachathite, they, and their men. 2 Kings 25:24 And Gedaliah sware to them and to their men, and said vnto them, Feare not to be the seruants of the Caldees: dwell in the land, and serue the King of Babylon; and it shall bee well with you. 2 Kings 25:25 But it came to passe in the seuenth moneth, that Ishmael the sonne of Nethaniah, the sonne of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Iewes, and the Caldees that were with him at Mizpah. 2 Kings 25:26 And all the people both small and great, and the captaines of the armies arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Caldees.
Evil-merodach advanceth Jehoiachin in his court.
2 Kings 25:27 And it came to passe in the seuen and thirtieth yeere of the captiuitie of Iehoiachin king of Iudah, in the twelfth moneth, on the seuen and twentieth [day] of the moneth, that Euilmerodach king of Babylon, in the yeere that he began to reigne, did lift vp the head of Iehoiachin king of Iudah out of prison. 2 Kings 25:28 And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne aboue the throne of the kings that [were] with him in Babylon, 2 Kings 25:29 And changed his prison garments: and he did eate bread continually before him all the dayes of his life. 2 Kings 25:30 And his allowance [was] a continuall allowance giuen him of the king, a dayly rate for euery day, all the dayes of his life.