There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and also killed all the nobles1 of Judah.
Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes2 and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.38
The Babyloniansa set fire4 to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls5 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,6 and the rest of the people.710
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 harm8 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 officers9 of the king of Babylon
sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard.10 They turned him over to Gedaliah11 son of Ahikam,12 the son of Shaphan,13 to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.1415
While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him:
"Go and tell Ebed-Melech15 the Cushite, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words16 against this city through disaster,17 not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.