But the Babyloniana army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah1 in the plains of Jericho. They captured2 him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah3 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 nobles4 of Judah.
Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes5 and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.68
The Babyloniansb set fire7 to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls8 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,9 and the rest of the people.1010
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 harm11 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 officers12 of the king of Babylon
sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard.13 They turned him over to Gedaliah14 son of Ahikam,15 the son of Shaphan,16 to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.1715
While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him:
"Go and tell Ebed-Melech18 the Cushite, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words19 against this city through disaster,20 not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.
But I will rescue21 you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be handed over to those you fear.
I will save22 you; you will not fall by the sword23 but will escape with your life,24 because you trust25 in me, declares the LORD.' "