Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign; he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, just as Jehoiakim had done.
Indeed, Jerusalem and Judah so angered the Lord that he expelled them from his presence. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem, and they laid siege to it; they built siegeworks against it all around.
So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine became so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.
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