Jerusalem Destroyed

On(A) the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, a servant of the king of Babylon, entered Jerusalem.(B) He burned the Lord’s temple,(C) the king’s palace,(D) and all the houses of Jerusalem; he burned down(E) all the great houses. 10 The whole Chaldean army with the commander of the guards tore down the walls(F) surrounding Jerusalem. 11 Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, deported the rest of the people who were left in the city, the deserters who had defected to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the population.(G) 12 But the commander of the guards left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and farmers.(H)

13 Now(I) the Chaldeans broke into pieces the bronze pillars(J) of the Lord’s temple, the water carts, and the bronze reservoir,(K) which were in the Lord’s temple, and carried the bronze to Babylon.(L) 14 They also took the pots, the shovels, the wick trimmers, the dishes, and all the bronze articles used in temple service.(M) 15 The commander of the guards took away the firepans and the sprinkling basins—whatever was gold or silver.(N)

16 As for the two pillars, the one reservoir, and the water carts that Solomon had made for the Lord’s temple, the weight of the bronze of all these articles was beyond measure.(O) 17 One pillar was 27 feet[a] tall and had a bronze capital on top of it. The capital, encircled by a grating and pomegranates of bronze, stood five feet[b] high. The second pillar was the same, with its own grating.(P)

18 The commander of the guards(Q) also took away Seraiah(R) the chief priest, Zephaniah(S) the priest of the second rank, and the three doorkeepers. 19 He took a court official who had been appointed over the warriors from the city; five trusted royal aides[c](T) found in the city; the secretary of the commander of the army, who enlisted the people of the land for military duty; and 60 men from the common people[d] who were found within the city. 20 Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.(U)

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 25:17 Lit 18 cubits
  2. 2 Kings 25:17 Lit three cubits
  3. 2 Kings 25:19 Lit five men who look on the king’s face
  4. 2 Kings 25:19 Lit the people of the land

On the seventh day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard, an official of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. He set fire(A) to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.(B) 10 The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down the walls(C) around Jerusalem. 11 Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile(D) the people who remained in the city, along with the rest of the populace and those who had deserted to the king of Babylon.(E) 12 But the commander left behind some of the poorest people(F) of the land to work the vineyards and fields.

13 The Babylonians broke(G) up the bronze pillars, the movable stands and the bronze Sea that were at the temple of the Lord and they carried the bronze to Babylon. 14 They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, dishes(H) and all the bronze articles(I) used in the temple service. 15 The commander of the imperial guard took away the censers and sprinkling bowls—all that were made of pure gold or silver.(J)

16 The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the movable stands, which Solomon had made for the temple of the Lord, was more than could be weighed. 17 Each pillar(K) was eighteen cubits[a] high. The bronze capital on top of one pillar was three cubits[b] high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its network, was similar.

18 The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah(L) the chief priest, Zephaniah(M) the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.(N) 19 Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and five royal advisers. He also took the secretary who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land and sixty of the conscripts who were found in the city. 20 Nebuzaradan the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 25:17 That is, about 27 feet or about 8.1 meters
  2. 2 Kings 25:17 That is, about 4 1/2 feet or about 1.4 meters

12 On the tenth day of the fifth month—which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, entered Jerusalem as the representative of[a] the king of Babylon. 13 He burned the Lord’s temple, the king’s palace, all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the nobles. 14 The whole Chaldean army with the commander of the guards tore down all the walls surrounding Jerusalem.(A) 15 Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, deported some of the poorest of the people, as well as the rest of the people who were left in the city, the deserters who had defected to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the craftsmen. 16 But some of the poorest people of the land Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, left to be vinedressers and farmers.(B)

17 Now the Chaldeans broke into pieces the bronze pillars for the Lord’s temple and the water carts and the bronze reservoir that were in the Lord’s temple,(C) and carried all the bronze to Babylon. 18 They took the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling basins, dishes, and all the bronze articles used in the temple service. 19 The commander of the guards took away the bowls, firepans, sprinkling basins, pots, lampstands, pans, and drink offering bowls(D)—whatever was gold or silver.

20 As for the two pillars, the one reservoir, and the 12 bronze bulls under the water carts that King Solomon had made for the Lord’s temple, the weight of the bronze of all these articles was beyond measure. 21 One pillar was 27 feet[b] tall, had a circumference of 18 feet,[c] was hollow—four fingers thick— 22 and had a bronze capital on top of it.(E) One capital, encircled by bronze latticework and pomegranates, stood 7½ feet[d] high. The second pillar was the same, with pomegranates. 23 Each capital had 96 pomegranates all around it. All the pomegranates around the latticework numbered 100.

24 The commander of the guards also took away Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the priest of the second rank, and the three doorkeepers. 25 From the city he took a court official who had been appointed over the warriors; seven trusted royal aides[e] found in the city; the secretary of the commander of the army, who enlisted the people of the land for military duty; and 60 men from the common people who were found within the city. 26 Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 27 The king of Babylon put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah went into exile from its land.(F)

28 These are the people Nebuchadnezzar deported:(G) in the seventh year, 3,023 Jews; 29 in his eighteenth year,[f] 832 people from Jerusalem; 30 in Nebuchadnezzar’s twenty-third year, Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, deported 745 Jews. All together 4,600 people were deported.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 52:12 Lit Jerusalem; he stood before
  2. Jeremiah 52:21 Lit 18 cubits
  3. Jeremiah 52:21 Lit 12 cubits
  4. Jeremiah 52:22 Lit five cubits
  5. Jeremiah 52:25 Lit seven men who look on the king’s face
  6. Jeremiah 52:29 Some Hb mss, Syr add he deported

12 On the tenth day of the fifth(A) month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan(B) commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 13 He set fire(C) to the temple(D) of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses(E) of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. 14 The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down all the walls(F) around Jerusalem. 15 Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile(G) some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmen[a] and those who had deserted(H) to the king of Babylon. 16 But Nebuzaradan left behind(I) the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.

17 The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,(J) the movable stands(K) and the bronze Sea(L) that were at the temple of the Lord and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.(M) 18 They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls,(N) dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.(O) 19 The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers,(P) sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands,(Q) dishes(R) and bowls used for drink offerings(S)—all that were made of pure gold or silver.(T)

20 The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls(U) under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the Lord, was more than could be weighed.(V) 21 Each pillar was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference[b]; each was four fingers thick, and hollow.(W) 22 The bronze capital(X) on top of one pillar was five cubits[c] high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates(Y) of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar. 23 There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates(Z) above the surrounding network was a hundred.(AA)

24 The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah(AB) the chief priest, Zephaniah(AC) the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.(AD) 25 Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and seven royal advisers. He also took the secretary(AE) who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land, sixty of whom were found in the city. 26 Nebuzaradan(AF) the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 27 There at Riblah,(AG) in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed.

So Judah went into captivity, away(AH) from her land. 28 This is the number of the people Nebuchadnezzar carried into exile:(AI)

in the seventh year, 3,023 Jews;

29 in Nebuchadnezzar’s eighteenth year,

832 people from Jerusalem;

30 in his twenty-third year,

745 Jews taken into exile(AJ) by Nebuzaradan the commander of the imperial guard.

There were 4,600 people in all.(AK)

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 52:15 Or the populace
  2. Jeremiah 52:21 That is, about 27 feet high and 18 feet in circumference or about 8.1 meters high and 5.4 meters in circumference
  3. Jeremiah 52:22 That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters

14 Then Daniel responded with tact and discretion to Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard,[a](A) who had gone out to execute the wise men of Babylon.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Daniel 2:14 Or executioners

14 When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact.

Read full chapter

Bible Gateway Sponsors