2 Hashem let loose against him the raiding bands of the Chaldeans, Arameans, Moabites, and Amonites; He let them loose against Yehuda to destroy it, in accordance with the word that Hashem had spoken through His servants the Neviim.
ג אַךְ עַל־פִּי יְהֹוָה הָיְתָה בִּיהוּדָה לְהָסִיר מֵעַל פָּנָיו בְּחַטֹּאת מְנַשֶּׁה כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה׃
4 and also because of the blood of the innocent that he shed. For he filled Yerushalayim with the blood of the innocent, and Hashem would not forgive.
ד וְגַם דַּם־הַנָּקִי אֲשֶׁר שָׁפָךְ וַיְמַלֵּא אֶת־יְרוּשָׁלִַם דָּם נָקִי וְלֹא־אָבָה יְהֹוָה לִסְלֹחַ׃
9 He did what was displeasing to Hashem, just as his father had done.
ט וַיַּעַשׂ הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהֹוָה כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂה אָבִיו׃
יא וַיָּבֹא נְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ־בָּבֶל עַל־הָעִיר וַעֲבָדָיו צָרִים עָלֶיהָ׃
12 Thereupon King Yehoyachin of Yehuda, along with his mother, and his courtiers, commanders, and officers, surrendered to the king of Babylon. The king of Babylon took him captive in the eighth year of his reign.
13 He carried off from Yerushalayim all the treasures of the House of Hashem and the treasures of the royal palace; he stripped off all the golden decorations in the Temple of Hashem—which King Shlomo of Yisrael had made—as Hashem had warned.
14 He exiled all of Yerushalayim: all the commanders and all the warriors—ten thousand exiles—as well as all the craftsmen and smiths; only the poorest people in the land were left.
v’-hig-LAH et kol y’-ru-sha-LA-im v’-et kol ha-sa-REEM v’-AYT kol gi-bo-RAY ha-KHA-yil a-SE-ret a-la-FEEM go-LEH v’-khol he-kha-RASH v’-ha-mas-GAYR lo nish-AR zu-LAT da-LAT am ha-A-retz
יד וְהִגְלָה אֶת־כָּל־יְרוּשָׁלַ ִם וְאֶת־כָּל־הַשָּׂרִים וְאֵת כָּל־גִּבּוֹרֵי הַחַיִל עשרה [עֲשֶׂרֶת] אֲלָפִים גּוֹלֶה וְכָל־הֶחָרָשׁ וְהַמַּסְגֵּר לֹא נִשְׁאַר זוּלַת דַּלַּת עַם־הָאָרֶץ׃
24:14 All the craftsmen and smiths
During the first stage of the exile to Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar carried away all the leaders of the Children of Israel, in the stage of exile known as galut cheresh umasger (גלות חרש ומסגר), ‘the exile of the craftsmen and smiths.’ During this exile, the royalty, military elite, Torah scholars and all the dignitaries were taken away from Yerushalayim. Nebuchadnezzar left behind only the poor people, ruled by a government under his control. By depriving the people of their leadership, Nebuchadnezzar believed that he would end all possibility of revolt against his rule. Yet, due to Hashem’s intention to destroy the city, a rebellion leading to the ultimate destruction will take place. Despite the plans of even the most powerful human beings, God’s plans can never be thwarted.1 comment
19 He did what was displeasing to Hashem, just as Yehoyakim had done.
יט וַיַּעַשׂ הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהֹוָה כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂה יְהוֹיָקִים׃