And on the ninth day of the fourth1 month of Zedekiah's eleventh year, the city wall2 was broken through.33
Then all the officials4 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,5 and headed toward the Arabah.b65
But the Babylonianc army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah7 in the plains of Jericho. They captured8 him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah9 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 nobles10 of Judah.
Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes11 and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.128
The Babyloniansd set fire13 to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls14 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,15 and the rest of the people.1610
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 harm17 him but do for him whatever he asks."