On the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jerusalem with his entire army. They set up camp and built dirt ramps around the city walls.
The blockade of the city lasted until Zedekiah's eleventh year as king.
On the ninth day of the fourth month, the famine in the city became so severe that the common people had no food.
The enemy broke through the city walls that night. All Judah's soldiers left on the road of the gate between the two walls beside the king's garden. While the Babylonians were attacking the city from all sides, the king took the road to the plain [of Jericho].
The Babylonian army pursued King Zedekiah and caught up with him in the plain of Jericho. His entire army had deserted him.
The Babylonians captured the king, brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and passed sentence on him.
They slaughtered Zedekiah's sons as he watched, and then they blinded Zedekiah. They put him in bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.
On the seventh day of the fifth month of Nebuchadnezzar's nineteenth year as king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, who was the captain of the guard and an officer of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He burned down the LORD's temple, the royal palace, and all the houses in Jerusalem. Every important building was burned down.
The entire Babylonian army that was with the captain of the guard tore down the walls around Jerusalem.