Then the city wall was broken through,1 and the whole army fled at night through the gate between the two walls near the king's garden, though the Babyloniansa were surrounding2 the city. They fled toward the Arabah,b5
but the Babylonianc army pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered,36
and he was captured.4 He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah,5 where sentence was pronounced on him.
They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.68
On the seventh day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard, an official of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He set fire7 to the temple of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.810
The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down the walls9 around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile10 the people who remained in the city, along with the rest of the populace and those who had gone over to the king of Babylon.1112
But the commander left behind some of the poorest people12 of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The Babylonians broke13 up the bronze pillars, the movable stands and the bronze Sea that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried the bronze to Babylon.
They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, dishes14 and all the bronze articles15 used in the temple service.