Jeremiah 39

1 In the ninth year of King Zedekiʹah of Judah, in the tenth month, King Nebuchadnezʹzar of Babylon and all his army came to Jerusalem, and they besieged it.

2 In the 11th year of Zedekiʹah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, they broke through the city wall.

3 And all the princes of the king of Babylon went in and sat down in the Middle Gate, namely, Nerʹgal-shareʹzer the Samʹgar, Neʹbo-sarʹsechim the Rabʹsaris, Nerʹgal-shareʹzer the Rabʹmag, and all the rest of the princes of the king of Babylon.

4 When King Zedekiʹah of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled, going out of the city by night by way of the king’s garden, through the gate between the double wall, and they continued by the way of the Arʹabah.

5 But the Chaldeʹan army chased after them, and they overtook Zedekiʹah in the desert plains of Jerʹicho. They captured him and brought him up to King Nebuchadnezʹzar of Babylon at Ribʹlah in the land of Haʹmath, where he passed sentence on him.

6 The king of Babylon had the sons of Zedekiʹah slaughtered before his eyes there at Ribʹlah, and the king of Babylon had all the nobles of Judah slaughtered.

7 Then he blinded the eyes of Zedekiʹah, after which he bound him with copper fetters to bring him to Babylon.

8 The Chaldeʹans then burned down the king’s house and the houses of the people, and they tore down the walls of Jerusalem.

9 Nebuʹzaradʹan the chief of the guard took into exile to Babylon the rest of the people who were left in the city, the deserters who had defected to him, and anyone who remained.

10 But Nebuʹzaradʹan the chief of the guard left in the land of Judah some of the poorest people, those who had nothing at all. On that day he also gave them vineyards and fields to work.

11 Now King Nebuchadnezʹzar of Babylon gave Nebuʹzaradʹan the chief of the guard these orders concerning Jeremiah:

12 “Take him and look after him; do him no harm, and grant whatever he asks of you.”

13 So Nebuʹzaradʹan the chief of the guard, Nebushazʹban the Rabʹsaris, Nerʹgal-shareʹzer the Rabʹmag, and all the principal men of the king of Babylon sent

14 and had Jeremiah taken out of the Courtyard of the Guard and handed him over to Gedaliʹah the son of Ahiʹkam the son of Shaʹphan to be brought to his house. So he lived among the people.

15 While Jeremiah was confined in the Courtyard of the Guard, the word of Jehovah came to him, saying:

16 “Go and tell Eʹbed-melʹech the Ethioʹpian, ‘This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, says: “Here I am fulfilling my words on this city for calamity and not for good, and in that day you will see it happen.”’

17 “‘But I will rescue you in that day,’ declares Jehovah, ‘and you will not be handed over to the men you fear.’

18 “‘For I will surely provide you with escape, and you will not fall by the sword. You will have your life as a spoil, because you trusted in me,’ declares Jehovah.”

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