II Kings 24:14
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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.

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  • PAULINE ALLEN

    HE LED AWAY INTO EXILE ALL JERUSALEM AND ALL THE CAPTAINS AND ALL THE BRAVE MEN, TEN THOUSAND CAPTIVES, AND ALL THE CRASTSMEN AND THE SMITHS, NONE REMAINED EXCEPT THE POOREST OF THE PEOPLE.

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