39:1 In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth
month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army
against Jerusalem, and they besieged it.
39:2 [And] in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth
month, the ninth [day] of the month, the city was broken up.
39:3 And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat
in the middle gate, [even] Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo,
Sarsechim, Rab-saris, Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, with all the
residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.
39:4 And it came to pass, when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw
them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went out of
the city by night, by the way of the king's garden, by the gate
betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the plain.
39:5 But the Chaldeans' army pursued them, and overtook Zedekiah
in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they
brought him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the
land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him.
39:6 Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in
Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the
nobles of Judah.
39:7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with
chains, to carry him to Babylon.
39:8 And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses
of the people, with fire, and broke down the walls of
39:9 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carried away
captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in
the city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the
rest of the people that remained.
39:10 But Nebuzar-adan 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.
39:11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning
Jeremiah to Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard, saying,
39:12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do
to him even as he shall say to thee.
39:13 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard sent, and
Nebushasban, Rab-saris, and Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, and all
the king of Babylon's princes;
39:14 Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the
prison, and committed him to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son
of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among
39:15 Now the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, while he was
confined in the court of the prison, saying,
39:16 Go and speak to Ebed-melech the Cushite, saying, Thus
saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will
bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and
they shall be [accomplished] in that day before thee.
39:17 But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and
thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou
39:18 For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by
the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey to thee: because
thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD.