1It happened when Jerusalem was taken, (in the ninth year of
Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and besieged it;
eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, a
breach was made in the city),
3that all the princes of the king of
Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, to wit, Nergal Sharezer,
Samgarnebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergal Sharezer, Rabmag, with all the rest
of the princes of the king of Babylon.
4It happened that, when Zedekiah
the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, then they fled, and went
forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king’s garden, through the
gate between the two walls; and he went out toward the Arabah.
army of the Chaldeans pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains
of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he gave
judgment on him.
6Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah in
Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon killed all the nobles of
7Moreover he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, and bound him in fetters, to
carry him to Babylon.
8The Chaldeans burned the king’s house, and the
houses of the people, with fire, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.
9Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive into
Babylon the residue of the people who remained in the city, the deserters
also who fell away to him, and the residue of the people who remained.
10But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the
people, who had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and
fields at the same time.
11Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave charge
concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying,
12Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do to him even
as he shall tell you.
13So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent, and
Nebushazban, Rabsaris, and Nergal Sharezer, Rabmag, and all the chief
officers of the king of Babylon;
14they sent, and took Jeremiah out of
the court of the guard, and committed him to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the
son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he lived among the people.
15Now the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, while he was shut up in the
court of the guard, saying,
16Go, and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian,
saying, Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring my
words on this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished
before you in that day.
17But I will deliver you in that day, says
Yahweh; and you shall not be given into the hand of the men of whom you are
18For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the
sword, but your life shall be for a prey to you; because you have put your
trust in me, says Yahweh.