By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat.17
Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled.2 They left the city at night through the gate between the two walls near the king's garden, though the Babyloniansa were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah,b8
but the Babylonianc army pursued King Zedekiah and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered,
and he was captured.3 He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah4 in the land of Hamath,5 where he pronounced sentence on him.
There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons6 of Zedekiah before his eyes; he also killed all the officials of Judah.
Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death.712
On the tenth day of the fifth8 month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan9 commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He set fire10 to the temple11 of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses12 of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.
The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down all the walls13 around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile14 some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmend and those who had gone over15 to the king of Babylon.
But Nebuzaradan left behind16 the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.