The Reign of Zedekiah
(2 Kings 24.18-20; 2 Chronicles 36.11-16)
1Zedeki´ah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamu´tal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 2And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoi´akim had done. 3For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedeki´ah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
The Fall of Jerusalem
(2 Kings 25.1-7; Jeremiah 39.1-7)
4 # Ezek 24.2. And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrez´zar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about. 5So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedeki´ah. 6And 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. 7#Ezek 33.21. 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 Chalde´ans were by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain. 8But the army of the Chalde´ans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedeki´ah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him. 9Then 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. 10And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedeki´ah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. 11#Ezek 12.13. Then he put out the eyes of Zedeki´ah; 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.
The Captivity of Judah
(2 Kings 25.8-21; 2 Chronicles 36.17-21; Jeremiah 39.8-10)
12Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrez´zar king of Babylon, came Neb´uzar–a´dan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, 13#1 Kgs 9.8. 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: 14and all the army of the Chalde´ans, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about. 15Then Neb´uzar–a´dan 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. 16But Neb´uzar–a´dan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen.
17 # 1 Kgs 7.15-47. Also the pillars of brass that were in the house of the Lord, and the bases, and the brazen sea that was in the house of the Lord, the Chalde´ans brake, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon. 18The 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. 19And the basins, 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. 20The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brazen bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the Lord: the brass of all these vessels was without weight. 21And 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 was hollow. 22And 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 these. 23And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; and all the pomegranates upon the network were a hundred round about.
24And the captain of the guard took Serai´ah the chief priest, and Zephani´ah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door: 25he took also out of the city a 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. 26So Neb´uzar–a´dan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah. 27And 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.
28This is the people whom Nebuchadrez´zar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty: 29in the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrez´zar he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two persons: 30in the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrez´zar, Neb´uzar–a´dan 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.
Jehoiachin Released and Honored in Babylon
(2 Kings 25.27-30)
31And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoi´achin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evil–mer´odach king of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, lifted up the head of Jehoi´achin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison, 32and spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon, 33and changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life. 34And 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.