The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Tanach:|
Jeremiah 52: 20 The two pillars, the one sea, and the twelve brazen bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made for the house of the LORD--the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
Jeremiah 52: 21 And as for the pillars, the height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a line of twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness thereof was four fingers; it was hollow.
Jeremiah 52: 22 And a capital of brass was upon it; and the height of the one capital was five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the capital round about, all of brass; and the second pillar also had like unto these, and pomegranates.
Jeremiah 52: 23 And there were ninety and six pomegranates on the outside; all the pomegranates were a hundred upon the network round about.
Jeremiah 52: 24 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door;
Jeremiah 52: 25 and out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war; and seven men of them that saw the king's face, who were found in the city; and the scribe of the captain of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city.
Jeremiah 52: 26 And Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah.
Jeremiah 52: 27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away captive out of his land.