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2 Kings 25

Jerusalem is besieged.

2 Kings 25:1 And it fortuned, that in ye nyenth yeare of his reigne, vpon the tenth daye of the tenth moneth, Nabuchodonosor the kynge of Babilon came with all his power agaynst Ierusalem. And they laied sege vnto it, and buylded stronge holdes rounde aboute it. 2 Kings 25:2 Thus was the cite beseged vnto the eleuenth yeare of kynge Sedechias. 2 Kings 25:3 But on ye nyenth daye of the fourth moneth was the honger so stronge in the cite, that the people of the londe had nothinge to eate.

Zedekiah taken, his sons slain, his eyes put out.

2 Kings 25:4 And the cite was broken vp, & all the men of warre fled in the night by the waye of the porte betwene the two walles, which goeth to the kynges garde. But the Caldees laye aboute the cite. And he fled by the waye to the playne felde. 2 Kings 25:5 Neuertheles the power of the Caldees folowed after the kynge, and toke him in the plaine felde of Iericho: and all the men of warre that were with him, were scatered abrode from him. 2 Kings 25:6 And they toke the kynge, and led him vp to the kynge of Babilon vnto Reblatha. And he gaue iudgmet vpon him. 2 Kings 25:7 And they slewe Ezechias children before his eyes, and put out Sedechias eies, and bounde him with cheynes, and caryed him vnto Babilon.

Nebuzar-adan defaceth the city, carrieth the remnant, except a few poor labourers, into captivity,

2 Kings 25:8 Vpon the seuenth daye of the fyfth monet, that is the ninetenth yeare of Nabuchodonosor kynge of Babilon, came Nabusaradan the chefe captayne the kynge of Babilons seruaunt, vnto Ierusalem, 2 Kings 25:9 and brent ye house of the LORDE, and the kynges house, & all the houses at Ierusalem, and all the greate houses brent he with fyre. 2 Kings 25:10 And all the power of the Caldees which was with the chefe captayne, brake downe the walles rounde aboute Ierusalem. 2 Kings 25:11 As for the other people that yet were lefte in the cite, and were falle vnto the kinge of Babilon, and the other comen people, Nabusaradan the chefe captayne caryed them awaye. 2 Kings 25:12 And of the poorest people dyd the chefe captaine leaue in ye londe to be wynegardeners and plowmen.

spoileth and carrieth away the treasures.

2 Kings 25:13 But the brasen pilers in the house of the LORDE, and the seates, and the brasen lauer that was in the house of the LORDE, dyd ye Caldees breake downe, and caried the metall vnto Babilon. 2 Kings 25:14 And the pottes, shouels, fleshokes, spones, & all ye brasen vessell that was occupied in the seruyce, caried they awaye. 2 Kings 25:15 And ye chefe captayne toke awaye ye censors and basens yt were of golde and syluer, 2 Kings 25:16 two pilers, one lauer, and the seates yt Salomon had made for ye house of the LORDE. The metall of all these ornamentes coulde not be weyed. 2 Kings 25:17 Eightene cubytes hye was one piler, and ye knoppe theron was of brasse also, & thre cubytes hye: & the rope and the pomgranates vpon the knoppe rounde aboute, were all of brasse. After the same maner was the other piler also with the rope.

The nobles are slain at Riblah.

2 Kings 25:18 And the chefe captayne toke Seraia the prest of the first course, & Sophony the prest of the seconde course, and thre dorekepers, 2 Kings 25:19 and one chamberlayne out of the cite, which was appoynted ouer ye men of warre: and fyue men that were euer before the kynge, which were founde in the cite: and Sophar the captayne, which taught the people of ye londe to fighte: and thre score men of ye people of the londe, that were founde in the cite: 2 Kings 25:20 these dyd Nabusaradan ye chefe captayne take, and broughte them to the kynge of Babilon vnto Reblatha. 2 Kings 25:21 And the kynge of Babilon slewe them at Reblatha in ye londe of Hemath. Thus was Iuda caried awaye out of his awne londe.

Gedaliah, who was set over them that remained, being slain, the rest flee into Egypt.

2 Kings 25:22 But ouer the remnaunt of the people in the londe of Iuda, whom Nabuchodonosor the kynge of Babilon lefte behynde, he set Godolias ye sonne of Ahicam ye sonne of Saphan. 2 Kings 25:23 Now wha all the captaynes of the soudyers, & the men herde, that the kynge of Babilon had made Godolias gouernoure, they came to Godolias vnto Mispa, namely, Ismael ye sonne of Nathanias, & Iohanna ye sonne Carea, & Seraia ye sonne of Tanhometh the Netopharite, & Iesanias ye sonne of Maechati wt their men. 2 Kings 25:24 And Godolias sware vnto them & to their men, & sayde vnto them: Feare not ye ye officers of the Caldees, tary in the londe, & submytte youre selues vnto the kynge of Babilon, & ye shal prospere. 2 Kings 25:25 But in the seueth moneth came Ismael the sonne of Nathanias the sonne of Elisama (of the kynges kynred) and ten men with him, and slewe Godolias, and the Iewes and Caldees that were with him at Mispa. 2 Kings 25:26 Then all the people gat them vp, both small and greate, and the captaynes of the hoost, and came in to Egipte, for they were afrayed of ye Caldees.

Evil-merodach advanceth Jehoiachin in his court.

2 Kings 25:27 Howbeit in the seuen and thirtieth yeare after that Ioachim the kynge of Iuda was caried awaye on the seuen and twenty daye of the twolueth moneth, Euilmerodach the kynge of Babilon in the first yeare of his reigne, lifte vp the heade of Ioachim ye kynge of Iuda out of preson, 2 Kings 25:28 and spake louyngly vnto him, and set his trone aboue ye trones of ye kynges that were with him at Babilon, 2 Kings 25:29 and chaunged the clothes of his captiuyte. And he ate allwaye before him as longe as he lyued. 2 Kings 25:30 And he appoynted him his porcion, which was euer geue him daylie of the kynge, as longe as he lyued.

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