39 1And it came to pass when Jerusalem was taken, (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 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,
Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim, Rab-saris, Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, with all the
rest of the princes 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 forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king's
garden, through the gate betwixt the two walls; and he went out toward the
5But the 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 Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and
he gave judgment upon him.
6Then 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.
7Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him in
fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
8And the Chaldeans burned the king's
house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of
9Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away
captive into Babylon the residue of the people that remained in the city, the
deserters also that fell away to him, and the residue of the people that
10But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of
the people, that had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards
and fields at the same time.
11Now Nebuchadrezzar 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 unto him
even as he shall say unto thee.
13So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard
sent, and Nebushazban, Rab-saris, and Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, 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 unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam,
the son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among the
15Now the word of Jehovah came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut
up in the court of the guard, saying,
16Go, and speak to Ebed-melech the
Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith Jehovah 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 before thee in that day.
17But I will deliver thee in
that day, saith Jehovah; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men
of whom thou art afraid.
18For I will surely save thee, and thou shalt
not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee; because
thou hast put thy trust in me, saith Jehovah.