1This is how Jerusalem was captured: in the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem and besieged it.
2In the 11th year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, a breach was made in the city,
3and all the officials of the king of Babylon came in and sat in the Middle Gate: Nergal Sharezer, Samgarnebo, Sarsechim the Rabsaris, Nergal Sharezer the Rabmag, with all the rest of the officials of the king of Babylon.
4And it came to pass that when Zedekiah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, then they fled, and went out of the city at night by the way of the king’s garden, through the gate between the two walls; and he went out toward the Arabah.
5But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. And when they had captured him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he passed sentence on him.
6Then the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes; the king of Babylon also slaughtered all the nobles of Judah.
7Then 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 rest of the people who remained in the city, the deserters also who fell away to him, and the rest of the people who remained.
10But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people who owned nothing in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at that time.
11Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon commanded Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard concerning Jeremiah, saying,
12“Take him and look after him well and do him no harm, but do for him whatever he tells 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, to take him home. So he remained among the people.
15Now the word of Yahweh had come to Jeremiah while he was confined in the court of the guard, saying,
16“Go and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, ‘This is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Behold, I will bring my words on this city for evil, and not for good, and they will be accomplished before your face in that day.
17But I will deliver you in that day, says Yahweh, and you will not be given into the hand of the men of whom you are afraid.
18Indeed, I will surely save you, and you will not fall by the sword, but your life will be your spoils of war, because you have put your trust in me, says Yahweh.’”