13 According to the Chronicler, Nebuchadnezzar had previously taken part of Jerusalem’s smaller treasures (2 Ch 36:7; cf. Da 1:2). This time his despoilment was a major one, with only a few smaller gold and silver items left behind (cf. 25:15), along with the larger brass vessels (cf. 25:13–17; Jer 27:18–22).
24:13 Nebuchadnezzar plundered the treasures of the temple and king’s palace, just as the Lord had said he would (cf. 20:16–18).
24:13 He cut up Nebuchadnezzar’s actions suggest that Judah refused to pay tribute. Earlier in 2 Kings, Ahaz and Hezekiah had used bronze, silver, and gold from the temple to fund Judah’s tribute (16:17–18; 18:15–16).
the vessels of gold which Solomon the king of Israel had made in the temple of Including the altar, the table for the bread of the Presence, 10 lampstands, flowers, lamps, tongs, cups, snuffers, basins, incense dishes, fire pans, and door sockets (1 Kgs 7:45–50).
as Yahweh had foretold Refers to Isaiah’s prophecy in 2 Kgs 20:17.
24:13 The plundering of the city of Jerusalem seemed to be very thorough. It is remarkable that there was still some gold from the time of Solomon left to be plundered after more than three centuries of foreign plundering. This fulfilled the prophecy to Hezekiah in 20:17.
13. as the Lord had said—(compare 2 Ki 20:17; Is 39:6; Je 15:13; 17:3). The elite of the nation for rank, usefulness, and moral worth, all who might be useful in Babylon or dangerous in Palestine, were carried off to Babylon, to the number of ten thousand (2 Ki 24:14). These are specified (2 Ki 24:15, 16), warriors, seven thousand; craftsmen and smiths, one thousand; king’s wives, officers, and princes, also priests and prophets (Je 29:1; Ez 1:1), two thousand; equal to ten thousand captives in all.
Ver. 13.—And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the Lord. “Thence” means “from Jerusalem,” which he entered and plundered, not withstanding Jehoiachin’s submission, so that not much was gained by the voluntary surrender. A beginning had been made of the carrying off the sacred vessels of the temple in Jehoiakim’s third (fourth?) year (Dan. 1:1), which was the first of Nebuchadnezzar. The plundering was now carried a step further; while the final complete sweep of all that remained came eleven years later, at the end of the reign of Zedekiah (see ch. 25:13–17). And the treasures of the king’s house (comp. ch. 20:13). If the treasures which Hezekiah showed to the envoys of Merodach-Baladan were carried off by Sennacherib (ch. 18:15), still there had probably been fresh accumulations made during their long reigns by Manasseh and Josiah. And cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon King of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord. (For an account of these vessels, see 1 Kings 7:48–50.) They consisted in part of articles of furniture, like the altar of incense and the table of shrewbread, which were thickly covered with plates of gold; in part of vessels, etc., made wholly of the precious metal, as candlesticks, or rather candelabra, snuffers, tongs, basins, spoons, censers, and the like. As the Lord had said (comp. ch. 20:17; Isa. 39:6; Jer. 15:13; 17:3; 20:5, etc.).
13 Following the fall of the city, the Babylonians help themselves to the spoils of war. As one might expect, the temple and palace treasures are a primary target, as had happened many times before. Not only is the pattern followed, but also the prophecy of 20:16–19 is now being fulfilled. אשר עשה שלמה “which Solomon had made.” See 1 Kgs 7:51, some of which had been removed once before (1 Kgs 14:26). Montgomery (Kings, 556) and Gray (Kings, 752) regard the passage as secondary, partly because of its similarity with the preceding accounts of the sacking of the treasures and partly because it anticipates the later destruction of the temple. It is argued that Jer 27:19–22 is a contradiction because it refers to vessels still in the temple during the reign of Zedekiah. There is no contradiction here. In neither account, Babylonian or Judean, is it stated that everything was looted. Nebuchadrezzar clearly made provision for the continuation of the economic and political life of Judah after the first deportation, albeit in a much reduced form, by the appointment of Zedekiah as king.
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