Bible: Jer 39:1-10

39:1 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege to it. The siege began in the tenth month of the ninth year that Zedekiah ruled over Judah. 1  39:2 It lasted until the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah’s eleventh year. 2  On that day they broke through the city walls. 39:3 Then Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekim, who was a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer, who was a high official, 3  and all the other officers of the king of Babylon came and set up quarters 4  in the Middle Gate. 5  39:4 When King Zedekiah of Judah and all his soldiers saw them, they tried to escape. They departed from the city during the night. They took a path through the king’s garden and passed out through the gate between the two walls. 6  Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 7  39:5 But the Babylonian 8  army chased after them. They caught up with Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho 9  and captured him. 10  They took him to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon at Riblah 11  in the territory of Hamath and Nebuchadnezzar passed sentence on him there. 39:6 There at Riblah the king of Babylon had Zedekiah’s sons put to death while Zedekiah was forced to watch. The king of Babylon also had all the nobles of Judah put to death. 39:7 Then he had Zedekiah’s eyes put out and had him bound in chains 12  to be led off to Babylon. 39:8 The Babylonians 13  burned down the royal palace, the temple of the Lord, and the people’s homes, 14  and they tore down the wall of Jerusalem. 15  39:9 Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, 16  took captive the rest of the people who were left in the city. He carried them off to Babylon along with the people who had deserted to him. 17  39:10 But he 18  left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people who owned nothing. He gave them fields and vineyards at that time.

NET Bible Study Environment