25:1 And it came to pass in 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 army,
against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built
forts against it on all sides.
25:2 And the city was besieged to the eleventh year of king
25:3 And on the ninth [day] of the [fourth] month the famine
prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of
25:4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war [fled]
by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which [is]
by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees [were] against the city
on all sides:) and [the king] went the way towards the plain.
25:5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued the king, and overtook
him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered
25:6 So they took the king, and brought him to the king of
Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.
25:7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put
out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass,
and carried him to Babylon.
25:8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh [day] of the month,
which [is] the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon, came Nebuzar-adan, captain of the guard, a servant of
the king of Babylon, to Jerusalem:
25:9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house,
and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great [man's] house
he burnt with fire.
25:10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that [were with] the
captain of the guard, broke down the walls of Jerusalem on all
25:11 Now the rest of the people [that were] left in the city,
and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with
the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzar-adan the captain of
the guard carry away.
25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land
[to be] vine-dressers and husbandmen.
25:13 And the pillars of brass that [were] in the house of the
LORD, and the bases, and the brazen sea that [was] in the house
of the LORD, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the
brass of them to Babylon.
25:14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the
spoons, and all the vessels of brass with which they
ministered, they took away.
25:15 And the fire-pans, and the bowls, [and] such things as
[were] of gold, [in] gold, and of silver, [in] silver, the
captain of the guard took away.
25:16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had
made for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels
was without weight.
25:17 The hight of the one pillar [was] eighteen cubits, and the
capital upon it [was] brass: and the hight of the capital three
cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the
capital around, all of brass: and like to these had the second
pillar with wreathen work.
25:18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief
priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers
of the door:
25:19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over
the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's
presence, who were found in the city, and the principal scribe
of the host, who mustered the people of the land, and sixty men
of the people of the land [that were] found in the city:
25:20 And Nebuzar-adan captain of the guard took these, and
brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:
25:21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at
Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of
25:22 And [as for] the people that remained in the land of
Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over
them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan,
25:23 And when all the captains 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
Maachathite, they and their men.
25:24 And Gedaliah swore to them, and to their men, and said to
them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldees: dwell in the
land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well with
25:25 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the
son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of 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 Mizpah.
25:26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains
of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid
of the Chaldees.
25:27 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the
captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on
the seven and twentieth [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
25:28 And he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the
throne of the kings that [were] with him in Babylon;
25:29 And changed his prison garments: and he ate bread
continually before him all the days of his life.
25:30 And his allowance [was] a continual allowance given him by
the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.