Tzidkiyahu was twenty-one years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Yerushalayim: and his mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Yirmeyahu of Livna.
He did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Yehoiakim had done.
For through the anger of the LORD did it happen in Yerushalayim and Yehudah, until he had cast them out from his presence. Tzidkiyahu rebelled against the king of Bavel.
It happened in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nevukhadretztzar king of Bavel came, he and all his army, against Yerushalayim, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it round about.
So the city was besieged to the eleventh year of king Tzidkiyahu.
In the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.
Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king's garden; (now the Kasdim were against the city round about;) and they went toward the `Aravah.