This is how Jerusalem1 was taken: In the ninth year of Zedekiah2 king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar3 king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege4 to it.
And on the ninth day of the fourth5 month of Zedekiah's eleventh year, the city wall6 was broken through.73
Then all the officials8 of the king of Babylon came and took seats in the Middle Gate: Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekima a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officials of the king of Babylon.
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,9 and headed toward the Arabah.b105
But the Babylonianc army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah11 in the plains of Jericho. They captured12 him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah13 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 nobles14 of Judah.
Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes15 and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.168
The Babyloniansd set fire17 to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls18 of Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard carried into exile to Babylon the people who remained in the city, along with those who had gone over to him,19 and the rest of the people.2010
But Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people, who owned nothing; and at that time he gave them vineyards and fields.
Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had given these orders about Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard:
"Take him and look after him; don't harm21 him but do for him whatever he asks."
So Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard, Nebushazban a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officers22 of the king of Babylon
sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard.23 They turned him over to Gedaliah24 son of Ahikam,25 the son of Shaphan,26 to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.2715
While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him:
"Go and tell Ebed-Melech28 the Cushite, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words29 against this city through disaster,30 not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.
But I will rescue31 you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be handed over to those you fear.
I will save32 you; you will not fall by the sword33 but will escape with your life,34 because you trust35 in me, declares the LORD.' "