Chapter 25: Nebuchadnezzar’s Chaldean Army Surrounds Yahrushalom: Famine in the Land
1 Now it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Yahrushalom and encamped against it and they built a siege wall against it all around. 2 So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiyah. 3 By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine had become so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.
Some of the Men of Yahudah Escape Through the City Walls During the Night: King Zedekiyah Tries to Escape but is Captured: Zedekiyah’s Sons are Killed Before His Eyes: Zedekiyah’s Eyes are Put Out and He is Taken to Babylon
4 Then the city wall was broken through and all the men of war fled at night by way of the gate between two walls which was by the king’s garden, even though the Chaldeans were still encamped all around against the city. And the king went by way of the plain (or Arabah, that is, the Yardan Valley). 5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and they overtook him in the plains of Yericho. All his army was scattered from him. 6 So they took the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah and they pronounced judgment on him. 7 Then they killed the sons of Zedekiyah before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiyah, bound him with bronze fetters and took him to Babylon.
*Yeremiyah 34:3, Yeremiyah 38:23 and Yahzeqyl 12:13.
Yahrushalom is Captured and Many Houses Burned Including Yah’s House
8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month (which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuzaradan king of Babylon), Nebuchadnezzar the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Yahrushalom. 9 He burned the house of Yah and the king’s house, all the houses of Yahrushalom, that is, all the houses of the great, he burned with fire. 10 And all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls of Yahrushalom all around.
The Rest of the Citizens of Yahudah are Taken Captive Except the Very Poor: The Very Poor are to Tend the Land of Yahudah: The Chaldeans Break the Bronze Pillars of Yah’s House: Nebuzaradan Takes the Bronze Gold and Silver Things of the Temple:
11 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive the rest of the people who remained in the city and the defectors who had deserted to the king of Babylon, with the rest of the multitude. 12 But the captain of the guard left some of the poor of the land as vinedressers and farmers. 13 The bronze pillars that were in the house of Yah and the carts and the bronze Sea that were in the house of Yah, the Chaldeans broke in pieces and carried their bronze to Babylon. 14 They also took away the pots, shovels, the trimmers, the spoons and all the bronze utensils with which the priests ministered. 15 The firepans and the basins, the things of solid gold and solid silver, the captain of the guard took away. 16 The two pillars, one Sea and the carts which Solomon had made for the house of Yah, the bronze of all these articles was beyond measure. 17 The height of one pillar was eighteen cubits and the capital on it was of bronze. The height of the capital was three cubits and the network and pomegranates all around the capital were all of bronze. The second pillar was the same, with a network.
Many Officials of Yahudah Put to Death
18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiyah the chief priest, Zephaniyah the second priest and the three doorkeepers. 19 He also took out of the city an officer who had charge of the men of war, five men of the king’s close associates who were found in the city, the chief recruiting officer of the army, who mustered the people of the land and sixty men of the people of the land who were found in the city. 20 So Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard took these and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 21 Then the king of Babylon struck them and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Yahudah was carried away from its own land.
Gedaliyah Made Governor of Yahudah
22 Then he made Gedaliyah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, governor over the people who remained in the land of Yahudah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left. 23 Now when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliyah governor, they came to Gedaliyah at Mizpah—Ishmayl the son of Nethaniyah, Yohanan the son of Careah, Seraiyah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophahite and Yaazaniyah (spelled Yahzaniyah in Yeremiyah 40:8) the son of a Maachathite, they and their men. 24 And Gedaliyah took an oath before them and their men and said to them, “Do not be afraid of the servants of the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land and serve the king of Babylon and it shall be well with you”.
Gedaliyah Killed by Israylites and Chaldeans: The People of Yahudah Flee to Egypt Because They are Afraid of the Chaldeans
25 But then it happened in the seventh month that Ishmayl the son of Nethaniyah, the son of Ylishama, of the royal family, came with ten men and struck and killed Gedaliyah, the Israylites, as well as the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah 26 And all the people, small and great and the captains of the armies arose and went to Egypt, for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.
Yahoiachin Released from Prison
27 Now it came to pass in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Yahoiachin king of Yahudah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-Merodach (literally the man of Marduk) king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, released Yahoiachin king of Yahudah from prison. 28 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a more prominent seat than those of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Yahoiachin changed his prison garments and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life. 30 And as for his provisions, there was a regular ration given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.
*Sounds like Yahoiachin may have repented to Yah while in prison and Yah had mercy upon him, doesn’t it?