2 Kings 25 New Life Version (NLV)
Jerusalem Is Taken
25 On the tenth day of the tenth month in the ninth year of his rule, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem. His army set up their tents around the city, and built a wall all around it. 2 The city had the army of Babylon around it until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 3 On the ninth day of the fourth month, there was no food left in the city. There was no more food for the people of the land. 4 Then the city was broken into. All the men of war ran away during the night between the two walls beside the king’s garden. The Babylonians were all around the city, but the men left by the way of the Arabah. 5 Then the Babylonian army went after the king and came to him in the plains of Jericho. All his army ran away from him. 6 The Babylonians took the king and brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah. And Nebuchadnezzar told him how he must be punished. 7 They killed Zedekiah’s sons in front of his eyes. Then they put out Zedekiah’s eyes and tied him up in chains, and brought him to Babylon.
The House of God Is Destroyed
8 On the seventh day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Nebuzaradan came to Jerusalem. He was the captain of the soldiers, a servant of the king of Babylon. 9 He burned the house of the Lord, the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem. He burned every great house with fire. 10 And all the Babylonian army who were with the captain of the soldiers broke down the walls around Jerusalem. 11 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the soldiers carried away to Babylon the rest of the people who were left in the city. And he carried away the soldiers who had run away from the battle. 12 But the captain of the soldiers left behind some of the very poor people of the land to take care of the vines and to plow the fields.
13 The Babylonians broke in pieces the brass pillars in the house of the Lord. And they broke in pieces the stands and the brass pool which were in the house of the Lord. Then they carried the brass to Babylon. 14 They took away the pots, the tools for digging, the things for putting out the lamps, the dishes for special perfume, and all the brass dishes used for the work of the Lord’s house. 15 And they took away the fire-holders and the wash-pots. The captain of the soldiers took away what was made of fine gold and what was made of fine silver. 16 The brass of the two pillars, the one pool, and the stands which Solomon had made for the Lord’s house, was too much to weigh. 17 One pillar was five times taller than a man. The brass top piece on it was three cubits tall. A network and pomegranates made of brass were all around the top piece. And the second pillar had the same, with a network.
People of Judah Are Taken to Babylon
18 Then the captain of the soldiers took Seraiah the head religious leader, and Zephaniah the religious leader next in power. And he took the three men who were keepers of the door. 19 From the city he took a captain who led the men of war, and five men found in the city who had spoken with the king about what should be done. He took the captain of the army, who called together the people of the land. And he took sixty men of the land who were found in the city. 20 Nebuzaradan the captain of the soldiers took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 21 Then the king of Babylon killed them. He put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was taken away from its land.
Gedaliah Is Leader of Judah
22 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had left some people in the land of Judah. He chose Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, to rule over them. 23 All the captains of the armies and their men heard that the king of Babylon had chosen Gedaliah to be leader. So they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah. The captains who came with their men were Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, Johanan the son of Kareah, Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of Maacathite. 24 Gedaliah made a promise to them and their men. He said to them, “Do not be afraid of the Babylonian leaders. Live in the land and work for the king of Babylon. Then it will be well with you.”
25 But in the seventh month Ishmael came. He was the son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the king’s family. He came with ten men and killed Gedaliah and the Jews and Babylonians who were with him at Mizpah. 26 Then all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies left and went to Egypt. For they were afraid of the Babylonians.
27 On the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month, in the thirty-seventh year since King Jehoiachin of Judah was taken away from his land, Evil-merodach became the king of Babylon. He showed favor to King Jehoiachin of Judah, and let him out of prison that year. 28 He spoke kind words to him, and set his throne above the thrones of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 Jehoiachin changed from his prison clothes. And he ate with the king all the rest of his life. 30 The King gave him a share of food every day for the rest of his life.