In the ninth year of Zedekiah1 king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar2 king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege3 to it.
And on the ninth day of the fourth4 month of Zedekiah's eleventh year, the city wall5 was broken through.63
Then all the officials7 of the king of Babylon came and took seats in the Middle Gate: Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekima a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officials of the king of Babylon.
When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled; they left the city at night by way of the king's garden, through the gate between the two walls,8 and headed toward the Arabah.b95
But the Babylonianc army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah10 in the plains of Jericho. They captured11 him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah12 in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him.
There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and also killed all the nobles13 of Judah.
Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes14 and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.158
The Babyloniansd set fire16 to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls17 of Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard carried into exile to Babylon the people who remained in the city, along with those who had gone over to him,18 and the rest of the people.1910
But Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people, who owned nothing; and at that time he gave them vineyards and fields.
Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had given these orders about Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard:
"Take him and look after him; don't harm20 him but do for him whatever he asks."
So Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard, Nebushazban a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officers21 of the king of Babylon
sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard.22 They turned him over to Gedaliah23 son of Ahikam,24 the son of Shaphan,25 to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.2615
While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him:
"Go and tell Ebed-Melek27 the Cushite, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words28 against this city--words concerning disaster,29 not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.
But I will rescue30 you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear.
I will save31 you; you will not fall by the sword32 but will escape with your life,33 because you trust34 in me, declares the LORD.' "