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

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.(G) 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.(H)

18 The commander of the guards(I) also took away Seraiah(J) the chief priest, Zephaniah(K) 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](L) 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.(M) 21 The king of Babylon put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah went into exile from its land.(N)

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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

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