Jeremiah 39:1-6 NLT

1 In Januarya of the ninth year of King Zedekiah’s reign, King Nebuchadnezzarb of Babylon came with his entire army to besiege Jerusalem.

References for Jeremiah 39:1

    • 39:1 - Hebrew In the tenth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. A number of events in Jeremiah can be cross-checked with dates in surviving Babylonian records and related accurately to our modern calendar. This event occurred on January 15, 588; see 52:4a and the note there.
    • 39:1 - Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; also in 39:5, 11 .
      2 Two and a half years later, on July 18c in the eleventh year of Zedekiah’s reign, a section of the city wall was broken down.

      References for Jeremiah 39:2

        • 39:2 - Hebrew On the ninth day of the fourth month. This day was July 18, 586; also see note on 39:1a .
          3 All the officers of the Babylonian army came in and sat in triumph at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sharezer of Samgar, and Nebo-sarsekim,d a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king’s adviser, and all the other officers of the king of Babylon.

          References for Jeremiah 39:3

            • 39:3 - Or Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarsekim.
              4 When King Zedekiah of Judah and all the soldiers saw that the Babylonians had broken into the city, they fled. They waited for nightfall and then slipped through the gate between the two walls behind the king’s garden and headed toward the Jordan Valley.e

              References for Jeremiah 39:4

                • 39:4 - Hebrew the Arabah.
                  5 But the Babylonianf troops chased them and overtook Zedekiah on the plains of Jericho. They captured him and took him to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who was at Riblah in the land of Hamath. There the king of Babylon pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah.

                  References for Jeremiah 39:5

                    • 39:5 - Or Chaldean; similarly in 39:8 .
                      6 The king of Babylon made Zedekiah watch as he slaughtered his sons at Riblah. The king of Babylon also slaughtered all the nobles of Judah.