Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
He also did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
For because of the anger of the Lord this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, till He finally cast them out from His presence. Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
Now it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem and encamped against it; and they built a siege wall against it all around.
So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.
By the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the famine had become so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.