Destruction of the temple in Jerusalem - Nicolas Poussin
The Fall of Jerusalem (contd...)
Nebuchadnezzar's army marched towards Jerusalem and kept the city under siege for two years. The famine inside the city became severe, and people had nothing to eat.
In the night the whole army fled throught the gate between two walls towards Arabah. The Babyloanian army overtook them and captured the king and his family. They killed the king's son, blinded his eyes and arrested him.
Later, Nebuchadnezzar came to Jerusalem.
9 He set fire to the temple of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. 10 The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem. 11 Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile the people who remained in the city, along with the rest of the populace and those who had deserted to the king of Babylon.The temple was looted and everything was taken away. Those who served in the temple were executed.
Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedaliah over those people who were left behind. Gedaliah was later assassinated by Nethaniah, who was of royal blood. However, all those who remained, everyone was afraid of Babylonians and fled to Egypt.
Jehoiachin was released from prison in the thirty seventh year of exile, The king gave him clothes, a seat at the king's table, and regular allowance as long as he lived.
This concludes our tour on the Book of 2 Kings.