It was in January a during the ninth year of King Zedekiah's reign that King Nebuchadnezzar b and his army returned to besiege Jerusalem.
Two and a half years later, on July 18, c the Babylonians broke through the wall, and the city fell.
All the officers of the Babylonian army came in and sat in triumph at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sharezer of Samgar, and Nebo-sarsekim, d a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king's adviser, and many others.
King Zedekiah and his royal guard saw the Babylonians in the city gate, so they fled when the darkness of night arrived. They went out through a gate between the two walls behind the king's garden and headed toward the Jordan Valley. e5
But the Babylonians f chased the king and caught him on the plains of Jericho. They took him to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who was at Riblah in the land of Hamath. There the king of Babylon pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah.
He made Zedekiah watch as they killed his sons and all the nobles of Judah.
Then he gouged out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him in chains, and sent him away to exile in Babylon.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)