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Jeremiah 39:1-10 (New American Standard)

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Jerusalem Captured

1 aNow when Jerusalem was captured b1in the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it; 2 in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the city wall was 2breached. 3 Then all the 3officials of the king of Babylon came in and sat down at the 4Middle Gate: Nergal-sar-ezer, Samgar-nebu, Sar-sekim the cRab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the dRab-mag, and all the rest of the officials of the king of Babylon. 4 When Zedekiah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, they 5fled and went out of the city at night by way of the king's garden through the gate 6between the two walls; and he went out toward the eArabah. 5 But the army of the 7Chaldeans pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the 8plains of Jericho; and they seized him and brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at 9Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he passed sentence on him. 6 Then the 10king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah 11before his eyes at Riblah; the king of Babylon also slew all the 12nobles of Judah. 7 He then 13blinded Zedekiah's eyes and bound him in 14fetters of bronze to bring him to 15Babylon. 8 The Chaldeans also 16burned with fire the king's palace and the houses of the people, and they 17broke down the walls of Jerusalem. 9 As for the rest of the people who were left in the city, the f18deserters who had gone over to him and 19the rest of the people who remained, 20Nebuzaradan the 21captain of the bodyguard carried them into exile in Babylon. 10 But some of the 22poorest people who had nothing , 23Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard left behind in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields gat that time.
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