Page images
[ocr errors]

And they shall sleep an everlasting sleep,
And not wake again, saith the King,

Whose name is JEHOVAH of hosts. 58 Thus saith JEHOVAH of hosts, The wall of Babylon, the broad one, shall be ut

terly razed, And her gates, the lofty ones, shall be burned

with fire; And peoples shall labour to the utmost extent of

annihilation, And nations with all the power of fire, until they

be weary

59 THE WORD which Jeremiah the prophet com

manded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went on the behalf of Zede

kiah king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year 60 of his reign; for Seraiah carried a present. And

Jeremiah wrote all the evil that was to come up

on Babylon in one book, all these words that are 61 written concerning Babylon. Anul Jeremiah said

to Seraiah, When thou commest to Babylon, then

thou shalt see, and read all these words: and thou 62 shalt say, O JEHOVAH, thou hast spoken con

cerning this place, of cutting it off, so that there shall not be in it an inhabitant, either man or

beast; but there shall be perpetual desolation. 63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of

reading this book, thou shalt bind a stone to it, and shalt cast into the middle of Euphrates: and thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and not rise again, because of the evil which I bring upon her.




ZEDEKIAH was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned, eleven years

in Jerusalem : and his mother's name was Hami2 tal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. And

he did that which was evil in the sight of Jeho

VAH, according to all that Jehoiakiin had done. 3 For it was so because of the anger of Jehovah

against Judah and Jerusalem, until he had cast them out of his sight. Zedekiah also rebelled against the king of Babylon.

And it came to pass in the ni . reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth [day] of the month, that. Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon çame, he and all his forces, against Jerusalem,

and encamped against it, and built forts against 5 it round about. And the city was besieged until 6 the eleventh year of Zedekiah's reign, in the

fourth month, the ninth [day] of the month;

when the famine was sore in the city, and there 7 was no bread for the people of the land. And

the city was broken into; and all the men of war fled, and went out of the city by night, by the way of the gate between the two walls, which is by the king's garden; (whilst the Chaldeans were before the city round about;) and they went toward the plain. But the forces of Chaldea pursued after the king, and overtook Ze

dekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his 9 troops were scattered from him. And they took

the king, and brought him up to the king of Ba

bylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath: and he 10 proceeded judicially against him. And the king


of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his

eyes; and he slew also the princes of Judah in 11 Riblah. And he put out the eyes of Zedekiah,

and bound him with fetters of brass; and the king of Babylon carried him to Babylon, and put

him in prison till the day of his death. 12 And in the fifth month, on the tenth [day] of

the month, (it was the nineteenth year of the reign of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon) came Nebuzaradan captain of the guards, one that

stood in the presence of the king of Babylon, to 13 Jerusalem. And he burned the house of JEHO

vah, and the king's house, and all the houses of

Jerusalem, even every great house, burned he .14 with fire. And all the army of the Chaldeans,

that was with the captain of the guards, brake

down all the walls of Jerusalem round about. .15 And some of the poor of the people, and the

rest of the people that were left in the city, and the deserters that had gone over to the king of Babylon, even the remains of the multitude,

did Nebuzaradan captain of the guards carry 16 'away captive. But some of the poor of the land

did Nebuzaradan captain of the guards leave for 17 vinedressers and for husbandmen. And the pil.

lars of brass that were in the house of JEHOVAH, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in

the house of JEHOVAH, the Chaldeans brake, and 18 carried all the brass of them to Babylon. The

chaldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the ves

sels of brass, which they used in ministering, 19 did they take away.

And the basons, and the censers, and the bowls, and the chaldrons, and


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups, whatsoever was of gold, the gold, and whatso

ever was of silver, the silver, did the captain of 20 the guards take away. The two pillars, the one

sea, and the twelve brasen oxen that were underneath, the bases which king Solomon had made

for the house of JEHOVAH, the brass from all 21 these vesels was without weight. For tlie pillars,

eighteen cubits in height was the one pillar, and a line of twelve cubits measured it round; and the thickness of it was four fingers, being hollow. And the chapiter upon it was of brass; and the height of the one chapiter was five cubits; and there was wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter all round, the whole of brass;

and in like manner the other pillar had also po23 megranates. And the pomegranates were ninety

and six toward every wind : all the pomegra

nates an hundred upon the wreathen work round 24 about. And the captain of the guards took

Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the se

cond priest, and the three keepers of the door; 25 and out of the city he took an eunuch, who had

the charge over the men of war, and seven men

of those that were near the king's person, who · were found in the city, and the principal scribe

of the host, who mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the

land, who were found in the midst of the city; 26 even Nebuzaradan captain of the guards took

them, and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death in Riblah in the land of Hamath ; and carried Judah away captive out of their own land.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]


This is the people, whom Nebuchadrezzar car

ried away captive in the seventh year, three 29 thousand and twenty three Jews. In the eigh

teen ch year of Nebuchadrezzar, he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred and thirty two persons.

In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar, Nebuzaradan captain of the guards carried away captive Jews, seven hundred forty and five persons. All the persons

were four thousand and six hundred. 31 And it came to pass in the thirty and seventh

year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty fifth day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him

forth out of prison, and spake graciously unto him, 32 and set his seat above the seat of the kings 33 that were with him in Babylon; so that he

changed his prison garments, and did eat bread

before him continually all the days of his life. 34 And his allowance, a constant allowance, was

given him by the king of Babylon's order, at a certain rate every day,luntil the day of his death, all the days of his life.

« PreviousContinue »