Jeremiah 52:1 Zedekiah was .xxi. yeare olde, when he was made kynge, & he raigned .xi. yeare in Ierusalem. His mothers name was Hamistal, Ieremies daughter of Lobnah. Jeremiah 52:2 He liued wickedly before the Lorde euen as Iehoakim dyd. Jeremiah 52:3 Wherfore the Lorde was angrie at Ierusalem and Iuda, so longe tyll he had cast them out of his presence. And Zedekiah fell from the kynge of Babylon.
Jerusalem is besieged and taken.
Jeremiah 52:4 But in the .ix. yeare of his raygne, In the tenth Moneth, the tenth daye of the Moneth it happened, that Nabuchodonozor the Kynge of Babylon wyth all hys Hoste came before Ierusalem, and beseged it, and made them bulworckes rounde aboute it. Jeremiah 52:5 And this beseging of the cytye endured vnto þe .xi. yeare of kyng Zedekiah. Jeremiah 52:6 And in the fourth Moneth, the .ix. daye of the Moneth, there was so greate honger in the cytye, that there were no more vytayles for the people of the lande. Jeremiah 52:7 So all þe soudyers brake awaye, & fled out of the cytie by myght thorow the waye of þe porte betwene the two walles by the kynges garden. Now the Caldees had compassed the cytie rounde aboute, yet wente these men their waye to warde the wyldernesse.
Zedekiah's sons killed, and his own eyes put out.
Jeremiah 52:8 And so the Caldees folowed vpon them, & toke Zedekiah the kynge in the felde of Ierycho, when his hoost was runne from him. Jeremiah 52:9 So they caryed the kynge awaye presoner to Reblath, vnto the kynge of Babylon in the lande of Hemath, where he gaue iudgement vpon hym. Jeremiah 52:10 The kynge of Babylon also caused Zedekiahs sonnes to be slayne before his face, yee & put all the princes of Iuda to death at Reblath. Jeremiah 52:11 Moreouer he put out the eyes of Zedekiah, caused hym to be bounde with chynes, to be caried vnto Babylon: and lett hym lye in preson, tyll he dyed.
Nubuzar-adan burneth and spoileth the city.
Jeremiah 52:12 Now the tenth daye of the fyfth Moneth in the .ix. yeare of Nabuchodonosor kynge of Babylon, Nabusaradan the chefe captayne & the kynge of Babylons seruantes came vnto Ierusalem, Jeremiah 52:13 & brent vp the house of the Lorde. He brent vp also the kynges palaces, all the houses & all the gorgeous buildinges in Ierusalem. Jeremiah 52:14 And the whole Hoost of the Caldees that were with the chefe Captayne, brake downe all the walles of Ierusalem rounde aboute. Jeremiah 52:15 As for the poore people and soch folcke as yet was left in the cytie, which also were fallen to the Kynge of Babylon, yee and what people as yet remayned: Nabuzaradan the chefe Captayne caryed them awaye presoners. Jeremiah 52:16 But the poore people of the countre, dyd Nabuzaradan the chefe Captayne leaue in the lande, to occupye the vyneyardes & feldes. Jeremiah 52:17 The Caldees also brake þe brasen pylers that were in the house of the Lorde, yee the seate & the brasen lauer that was in the house of the Lorde and caryed all the metall of them vnto Babylon. Jeremiah 52:18 They toke awaye also the Cauldrons, shouels, fleshe hokes, sprynklers, spones, and all the brasen vessell that was occupyed in the seruyce: Jeremiah 52:19 with the basens, colepannes, sprynklers, pottes, candelstyckes, spones and cuppes: wherof some were of golde, and some of syluer. Jeremiah 52:20 The chefe Captaynes toke also the two pylers, þe lauer the .xij. brasen bullockes that stode vnder the seate, which Kyng Salomon made in the house of the Lord: & all the vessel conteyned so moch metall, that it myght not be weyed. Jeremiah 52:21 For euery piler was .xviij. cubytes hye, & the rope that wente aboute it, was .xij. cubytes, and foure fyngers thycke & rounde: Jeremiah 52:22 Now vpon the rope were brasen knoppes, & euerye knoppe was fyue cubytes hye: & vpon the knoppes weere whopes, & pomgranates rounde about of cleane brasse. Jeremiah 52:23 After thys maner were both the pylers fashyoned wyth the pomgranates, wherof there were an hundreth & .xcvi. which hanged vpon the whoopes rounde aboute.
He carrieth away the captives.
Jeremiah 52:24 The chefe Captayne also toke Sariah the hye preste, & Sophoniah that was chefe next hym, & the thre kepers of the treasury. Jeremiah 52:25 He toke out the cytie a chamberlayne whyche was a captayne of the souldyers, and seuen men that were the kynges seruauntes, whiche were founde in the cytie: and Sepher a captayne that vsed to muster the men of warre: with .lx. men of the countre that were taken in the cytie. Jeremiah 52:26 These Nabuzaradan the chefe captayne toke, and caried them to the kyng of Babylon vnto Reblath: Jeremiah 52:27 and the Kynge of Babylon caused them to be put to death at Reblath in the lande of Hemath. And thus Iuda was ledde awaye captyue, out of hys owne lande. Jeremiah 52:28 Thys is the summe of the people, whom Nabuchodonosor ledde awaye captyue. In the seuenth yeare of hys reygne, he caried awaye of the Iewes, thre thousand and thre and twenty. Jeremiah 52:29 In the .xviij. yeare. Nabuchodonosor caryed awaye from Ierusalem eight hundreth and .xxxij. personnes. Jeremiah 52:30 In the .xxiij. yeare of Nabuchodonosor Nabuzaradan the chefe Captayne, toke awaye seuen hundreth .xlv. Iewes presoners. The whole summe of all the presoners, is foure thousand and syxe hundreth.
Evil-Merodach advanceth Jehoiachin.
Jeremiah 52:31 In the .xxxvij. yeare after that Iehoacin the kynge of Iuda was caryed awaye in the .xxv. daye of the .xij. Moneth, Euilmerodach Kynge of Babylon (the same yeare that he reigned) gaue Iehoacin the kyng of Iuda his pardon, and let him out of preson, Jeremiah 52:32 and spake louyngly to hym. And set his trone aboue the trones of the other Kynges that were wyth hym in Babylon. Jeremiah 52:33 He chaunged also the clothes of his preson, yee and he ate with him al hys lyfe longe. Jeremiah 52:34 And he had a contynuall lyuynge geuen hym of the Kynge of Babylon, euery daye a certayne thynge alowed hym all the dayes of hys lyfe, vntyll he dyed.