Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he was king in Jerusalem for eleven years. His mother's name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah, and she was from Libnah.
Zedekiah did what the Lord said was wrong, just as Jehoiakim had done.
All this happened in Jerusalem and Judah because the Lord was angry with them. Finally, he threw them out of his presence. Zedekiah turned against the king of Babylon.
Then Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. They made a camp around the city and built devices all around the city walls to attack it. This happened on Zedekiah's ninth year, tenth month, and tenth day as king.
And the city was under attack until Zedekiah's eleventh year as king.
By the ninth day of the fourth month, the hunger was terrible in the city; there was no food for the people to eat.