2 Kings 25 ©
Jerusalem is again besieged, and taken by storm: Zedekiah fleeth, is taken, his sons slain, and his own eyes put out. Nebuzar-adan having burned the temple and all the palaces of Jerusalem, and broken down the walls, carrieth the remnant of the people, except a few labourers, to Babylon. He spoileth and carrieth away the valuable things of the temple. The nobles of Judah are slain at Riblah. Gedaliah, who was set over the people that were left, being treacherously murdered, the rest flee into Egypt. Evil-merodach sheweth kindness to Jehoiachin in his captivity.
AND it came to pass ain the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.
And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
¶And the city dwas broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by ethe king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward fthe plain.
And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and 2put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with *fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.
The vheight of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the *chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the *wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with wreathen work.
And out of the city he took an 7officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that 8were in the king's presence, which were found in the city, and the principal 9scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the city:
And Nebuzar-adan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Babylon to zRiblah:
And when all the dcaptains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Careah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men.
But it came to pass in the gseventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, 10of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at hMizpah.
¶And jit came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of kthe captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that lEvil-merodach king of Babylon in the year that he began to reign did lift up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison;
And he spake 11kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;
And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.