The first deportation to Babylon (2 Kings 24:13-24:16)

“King Nebuchadnezzar carried off all the treasures of the house of Yahweh and the treasures of the king’s house. He cut in pieces all the vessels of gold in the temple of Yahweh, which King Solomon of Israel had made. All this happened as Yahweh had foretold. He carried away all Jerusalem, all the officers, all the warriors, ten thousand captives. He took all the craftsmen and the smiths. No one remained, except the poorest people of the land. He carried away King Jehoiachin to Babylon. He took into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon the king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officials, and the elite of the land. The king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon all the men of valor, seven thousand, and the artisans and the smiths, one thousand, all of them strong and fit for war.”

King Nebuchadnezzar took all the treasures from the house of Yahweh and the king’s palace. He destroyed all the golden vessels in the temple from the time of King Solomon. Then he took the people to Babylon. He took the important people and left the poor people to stay in Jerusalem. All of this was to fulfill the promise of Yahweh through the prophet Isaiah in chapter 20. He took 10,000 officers and warriors. He took the craftsmen, the artisans, and smiths, about 1,000 of them. He then took another 7,000 men of valor, plus of course, the king and his royal family. All together it was around 18,000 people or so.

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