52 Twenty-one years old was Zedekiah when he began to reign, and eleven years reigned he in Jerusalem,—and his mother’s name was Hamutal, daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
2 And he did that which was wicked in the eyes of Yahweh,—according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
3 For it was because the anger of Yahweh had come against Jerusalem and Judah until he had cast them out from his presence that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign in the tenth month on the tenth of the month that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his force against Jerusalem, and encamped against it,—and he built against it a siege-wall round about.
5 And the city came into the siege,—until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.
6 In the fourth month on the ninth of the month, when the famine had become severe in the city,—and there had come to be no bread for the people of the land
7 then was the city broken up, and all the men of war beginning to flee went forth out of the city by night by way of the gate between the two walls which was by the garden of the king (the Chaldeans being near the city round about),—and they went the way towards the Waste Plain.
8 And the force of the Chaldeans pursued the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the Waste Plains of Jericho,—and all his force was scattered from him.
9 So they seized the king, and brought him up unto the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath,—and he pronounced upon him sentences of judgment.
10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes,—moreover also all the princes of Judah slew he in Riblah;
11 and the eyes of Zedekiah put he out,—and bound him with fetters of bronze and the king of Babylon took him to Babylon, and put him in prison—until the day of his death.
12 And in the fifth month on the tenth of the month, the same was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came Nebuzaradan chief of the royal executioners,—who stood before the king of Babylon into Jerusalem;
13 and he burned the house of Yahweh and the house of the king,—yea all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great man’s house burned he with fire;
14 and all the walls of Jerusalem round about did all the force of the Chaldeans who were with the chief of the royal executioners break down.
15 And some of the poor of the people and the residue of the people who were left in the city and the disheartened who had fallen away unto the king of Babylon and the residue of the multitude did Nebuzaradan chief of the royal executioners carry away captive.
16 But others of the poor of the land did Nebuzaradan chief of the royal executioners leave, for vinedressers and for husbandmen.
17 And the pillars of bronze that pertained to the house of Yahweh and the stands and the sea of bronze which was in the house of Yahweh did the Chaldeans break in pieces,—and they carried away all the bronze of them to Babylon;
18 and the caldrons and the shovels and the snuffers and the dashing bowls, and the spoons, even all the utensils of bronze wherewith ministration used to be made did they take away;
19 and the basins and the censers and the dashing bowls and the caldrons and the lamps and the spoons and the cups which were of gold in gold, and which were of silver in silver did the chief of the royal executioners take away.
20 As for the two pillars, the one sea and the twelve oxen of bronze which were under the stands which King Solomon had made for the house of Yahweh without weight was the bronze of all these things.
21 Now as for the pillars eighteen cubits was the height of each pillar, and a line of twelve cubits compassed it about,—and the thickness thereof was four fingers’ breadth—hollow;
22 and there was a capital upon it of bronze and the height of each capital was five cubits, with lattice-work and pomegranates upon the capital round about—the whole was of bronze,—and like these were the second pillar and the pomegranates.
23 And the pomegranates were ninety-six on a side,—all the pomegranates were a hundred upon the lattice-work round about.
24 And the chief of the royal executioners took away Seraiah the first priest, and Zephaniah the second priest,—and the three keepers of the entrance-hall;
25 and out of the city took he one eunuch who was in charge over the men of war and seven men of them who used to watch the face of the king, who were found in the city, and the scribe of the prince of the host, who used to muster the people of the land,—and sixty men of the people of the land, who were found in the midst of the city.
26 And when Nebuzaradan chief of the royal executioners had taken them, and brought them unto the king of Babylon at Riblah
27 then did the king of Babylon smite them and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath,—thus carried he Judah captive away from off their own soil.
28 This is the people, whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive,—In the seventh year—of them of Judah three thousand and twenty-three;
29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar—out of Jerusalem eight hundred and thirty-two souls;
30 In the three-and-twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzaradan chief of the royal executioners took away captive, of them of Judah seven hundred and forty-five souls: All the souls were four thousand and six hundred.
31 And it came to pass in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah in the twelfth month on the twenty-fifth of the month that Evil-merodach king of Babylon in the year he began to reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison;
32 and spake with him comfortable words,—and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon;
33 so he changed his prison garments,—and used to eat bread before his face continually all the days of his life.
34 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him from the king of Babylon, the portion of the day upon its own day until the day of his death,—all the days of his life.