Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled.1 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.2 He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah3 in the land of Hamath,4 where he pronounced sentence on him.
There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons5 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.612
On the tenth day of the fifth7 month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan8 commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He set fire9 to the temple10 of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses11 of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.
The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down all the walls12 around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile13 some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmend and those who had gone over14 to the king of Babylon.
But Nebuzaradan left behind15 the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,16 the movable stands17 and the bronze Sea18 that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.19