Nebuchadnezzar Destroys Jerusalem
25:8 On the seventh14 day of the fifth month,15 in the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard16 who served the king of Babylon, arrived in Jerusalem.17 25:9 He burned down the Lord’s temple, the royal palace, and all the houses in Jerusalem, including every large house.18 25:10 The whole Babylonian army that came with the captain of the royal guard tore down the walls that surrounded Jerusalem. 25:11 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, deported the rest of the people who were left in the city, those who had deserted to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the craftsmen.19 25:12 But he20 left behind some of the poor of the land and gave them fields and vineyards.
25:13 The Babylonians broke the two bronze pillars in the Lord’s temple, as well as the movable stands and the big bronze basin called the “The Sea.”21 They took the bronze to Babylon. 25:14 They also took the pots, shovels,22 trimming shears,23 pans, and all the bronze utensils used by the priests.24 25:15 The captain of the royal guard took the golden and silver censers25 and basins. 25:16 The bronze of the items that King Solomon made for the Lord’s temple—including the two pillars, the big bronze basin called “The Sea,” the twelve bronze bulls under “The Sea,”26 and the movable stands—was too heavy to be weighed. 25:17 Each of the pillars was about twenty-seven feet27 high. The bronze top of one pillar was about four and a half feet28 high and had bronze latticework and pomegranate shaped ornaments all around it. The second pillar with its latticework was like it.
25:18 The captain of the royal guard took Seraiah the chief priest and Zephaniah, the priest who was second in rank, and the three doorkeepers. 25:19 From the city he took a eunuch who was in charge of the soldiers, five29 of the king’s advisers30 who were discovered in the city, an official army secretary who drafted citizens31 for military service, and sixty citizens from the people of the land who were discovered in the city. 25:20 Nebuzaradan, captain of the royal guard, took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 25:21 The king of Babylon ordered them to be executed32 at Riblah in the territory33 of Hamath. So Judah was deported from its land.
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