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QQ. The fall of Jerusalem and the carrying away of Judah into exile 2 Kings 25:1-21
2 Kings 25 :1 25:1 aIn the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came, he and his whole army, against bJerusalem and encamped against it; and they built a csiege wall against it all around.
2 Kings 25 :2 25:2 So the city came under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.
2 Kings 25 :3 25:3 On the ninth day of the fourth month, the afamine was so severe within the city that there was no food for the people of the land.
2 Kings 25 :4 25:4 Then the city was breached, and all the men of war fled by night by way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king’s garden, while the Chaldeans were all around the city; and the king went on the way toward the Arabah.
2 Kings 25 :5 25:5 And the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and they overtook him in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.
2 Kings 25 :6 25:6 And athey seized the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and they pronounced judgment upon him.
2 Kings 25 :7 25:7 And they slaughtered Zedekiah’s sons before his eyes then put out Zedekiah’s aeyes and bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon.
2 Kings 25 :8 25:8 In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month (this was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon), Nebuzaradan, the captain of the bodyguard, the servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
2 Kings 25 :9 25:9 And he burned the ahouse of Jehovah and the king’s house and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every large house he burned with fire.
2 Kings 25 :10 25:10 And all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the bodyguard abroke down the walls around Jerusalem.
2 Kings 25 :11 25:11 And the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who adeserted to the king of Babylon and the rest of the multitude, Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard bcarried away into exile.
2 Kings 25 :12 25:12 But the captain of the bodyguard left some of the apoorest of the land to be vinedressers and field workers.
2 Kings 25 :13 25:13 aAnd the Chaldeans broke in pieces the bronze bpillars, which were in the house of Jehovah, and the cbases and the bronze dsea, which were in the house of Jehovah. And they carried their bronze to Babylon.
2 Kings 25 :14 25:14 And they took away the pots and the shovels and the snuffers and the cups and all the bronze avessels with which they ministered.
2 Kings 25 :15 25:15 And the captain of the bodyguard took away the firepans and the bowls: that which was of gold, for its gold, and that which was of silver, for its silver.
2 Kings 25 :16 25:16 As for the two pillars, the one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made for the house of Jehovah, the bronze of all these vessels was beyond weight.
2 Kings 25 :17 25:17 The aheight of one 1pillar was eighteen cubits, and a bronze capital was upon it; and the height of the capital was three cubits; and a network and pomegranates were upon the capital all around, all of bronze; and the second pillar was like these with a network.
2 Kings 25 :18 25:18 aAnd the captain of the bodyguard took Seraiah the chief priest and Zephaniah the second priest and the three doorkeepers.
2 Kings 25 :19 25:19 And from the city he took one eunuch, who was overseer of the men of war, and five men from the king’s inner circle who were found in the city, and the scribe of the captain of the army, who mustered the people of the land, and sixty men of the people of the land who were found in the city.
2 Kings 25 :20 25:20 And Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard took them and brought them to the king of Babylon in Riblah.
2 Kings 25 :21 25:21 And the king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death in Riblah, in the land of Hamath; so Judah was carried away into 1exile out of its land.
RR. The governing of Gedeliah 2 Kings 25:22-26
2 Kings 25 :22 25:22 And for the people who were left in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon left behind, he appointed aGedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan over them.
2 Kings 25 :23 25:23 aAnd when all the captains of the forces, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah, they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah, that is, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and Johanan the son of Kareah and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite and Jaazaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men.
2 Kings 25 :24 25:24 And Gedaliah swore to them and their men and said to them, Do not be afraid of the servants of the Chaldeans; dwell in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will be well with you.
2 Kings 25 :25 25:25 In the seventh month, aIshmael the son of Nethaniah the son of Elishama, of the royal seed, came with ten men with him; and they struck down Gedaliah and he died. And they did the same to the Jews and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah.
2 Kings 25 :26 25:26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the forces rose up and went to Egypt, for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.
2 Kings 25 :27 25:27 aIn the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin the king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, Evil-merodach the king of Babylon, in the year that he became king, released Jehoiachin the king of Judah from prison.
2 Kings 25 :28 25:28 And he spoke with him kindly and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon.
2 Kings 25 :29 25:29 And Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes and ate his food in his presence continually all the days of his life.
2 Kings 25 :30 25:30 And for his allowance, a continual allowance was given to him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.
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