When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled; they left the city at night by way of the king's garden, through the gate between the two walls,1 and headed toward the Arabah.a25
But the Babylonianb army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah3 in the plains of Jericho. They captured4 him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah5 in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him.
There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and also killed all the nobles6 of Judah.
Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes7 and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.8