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Go to Commentary on 2 Kng 25
Nebuchadnezzar’s Siege of Jerusalem

1And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and he encamped against it and they built a siege wall around it.
  2So the city was besieged to the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.

3On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was severe in the city so that there was no bread for the people of the land.
  4Then a breach was made in the city and all the men of war fled at night by the route that went through the gate between the two walls that was by the king’s garden (now the Chaldeans were against the city all around it); and the king went by the road that led to the Arabah.
  5But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho, and all his army was scattered from him.
  6Then they took the king and carried him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah, and they pronounced judgment on him.
  7They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and then put out the eyes of Zedekiah and he bound him in bronze chains and carried him to Babylon.

Jerusalem Destroyed

8Now in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
  9He burned the house of Yahweh and the king’s house, and also all the houses of Jerusalem—every great house—he burned with fire.
  10All the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem.
  11Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard exiled the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had defected to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude.
  12But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land as vineyard keepers and farmers.

13The Chaldeans broke into pieces the pillars of bronze that were in the house of Yahweh and the stands and the bronze sea that were in the house of Yahweh and carried the bronze to Babylon.
  14They took away the pots, the shovels, the snuffers, the spoons and all the utensils of bronze with which the priests ministered.
  15The captain of the guard took away the fire pans, the sprinkling bowls, and whatever was of gold, as gold, and whatever was of silver, as silver.

16The two pillars, the one sea and the stands that Solomon had made for the house of Yahweh, the bronze of all these articles was too much to weigh.
  17The height of the one pillar was 18 cubitsa and a capital of bronze was on it, and the height of the capital was three cubits with the latticework and pomegranates on the capital around it, all of bronze, and the second pillar had the same with the latticework.

18The captain of the guard took Seraiah the Chief Priest and Zephaniah the second priest and the three guards of the threshold,
  19and out of the city he took an officer who was set over the men of war, and five men of Those Who See The Kings Face, who were present in the city, and the scribe of the commander of the army who mustered the people of the land, and 60 men of the people of the land who were present in the city.
  20Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.
  21The king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was exiled from off of his land.

Gedaliah Made Governor of Judah

22As for the people who remained in the land of Judah whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had allowed to remain, he appointed over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan.
  23Now when all the commanders of the forces, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah over them, they came to Gedaliah to 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.
  24Gedaliah swore to them and to their men and said to them, “Do not be afraid to be servants of the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land and serve the king of Babylon and it will be well with you.”

25But in the seventh month, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama of the royal seed, came, and ten men with him, and struck down Gedaliah so that he died, along with the Jews and the Chaldeans that were with him at Mizpah.
  26All the people both small and great and the commanders of the forces arose and went to Egypt because they were afraid of the Chaldeans.

Jehoiachin Pardoned

27It came to pass in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison,
  28and he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon.
  29And he changed his prison garments and Jehoiachin ate bread in his presence continually all the days of his life,
  30and his allowance, a continual allowance, was given to him from the king, a portion for each day all the days of his life.

18 cubits is 27 feet

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