They will surrender their stronghold 1 because of fear; 2 their officers will be afraid of the Lord’s battle flag.” 3 This is what the Lord says – the one whose fire is in Zion, whose firepot is in Jerusalem. 4
Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 1 for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 2 in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went to Hezekiah with their clothes torn in grief 1 and reported to him what the chief adviser had said.
who commissions 1 Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd 2 to carry out all my wishes 3 and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’” 4
It is me – I stir him up and commission him; 1 I will make all his ways level. He will rebuild my city; he will send my exiled people home, but not for a price or a bribe,” says the Lord who commands armies.
Look, you will summon nations 1 you did not previously know; nations 2 that did not previously know you will run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, 3 for he bestows honor on you.
The people I call my own attack me like birds of prey or like hyenas. 1 But other birds of prey are all around them. 2 Let all the nations gather together like wild beasts. Let them come and destroy these people I call my own. 3
All the people and their leaders had agreed to this. They had agreed to free their male and female slaves and not keep them enslaved any longer. They originally complied with the covenant and freed them. 1
Recently, however, you yourselves 1 showed a change of heart and did what is pleasing to me. You granted your fellow countrymen their freedom and you made a covenant to that effect in my presence in the house that I have claimed for my own. 2
Do not build houses. Do not plant crops. Do not plant a vineyard or own one. 1 Live in tents all your lives. If you do these things you will 2 live a long time in the land that you wander about on.’ 3
They also led off all the men, women, children, and royal princesses 1 that Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, had left with Gedaliah, 2 the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan. This included the prophet Jeremiah and Baruch son of Neriah.
On the tenth 1 day of the fifth month, 2 in the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard 3 who served 4 the king of Babylon, arrived in Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, took into exile some of the poor, 1 the rest of the people who remained in the city, those who had deserted to him, and the rest of the craftsmen.
in Nebuchadnezzar’s twenty-third year, 1 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, carried into exile 745 Judeans. In all 4,600 people went into exile.
Into his right hand 1 comes the portent for Jerusalem – to set up battering rams, to give the signal 2 for slaughter, to shout out the battle cry, 3 to set up battering rams against the gates, to erect a siege ramp, to build a siege wall.