1 In the ninth year of Tsiḏqiyahu sovereign of Yahuḏah, in the tenth month, Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar sovereign of Baḇel and all his army came against Yerushalayim, and besieged it.

2 In the eleventh year of Tsiḏqiyahu, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the city was broken into.

3 And all the heads of the sovereign of Baḇel came in and sat in the Middle Gate: Nĕrḡal Sar-Etser, Samgar-Neḇo, Sarseḵim, Raḇ-Saris, Nĕrḡal Sar-Etser, Raḇ-Maḡ, and all the rest of the heads of the sovereign of Baḇel.

4 And it came to be, when Tsiḏqiyahu the sovereign of Yahuḏah and all the men of battle saw them, they fled and left the city by night, by way of the sovereign’s garden, by the gate between the two walls. And he went out toward the desert plain.

5 But the army of the Kasdites pursued them and overtook Tsiḏqiyahu in the desert plains of Yeriḥo. And they captured him, and brought him up to Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar sovereign of Baḇel, to Riḇlah in the land of Ḥamath, where he spoke judgment on him.

6 And the sovereign of Baḇel slew the sons of Tsiḏqiyahu before his eyes in Riḇlah. The sovereign of Baḇel also slew all the nobles of Yahuḏah.

7 And he put out the eyes of Tsiḏqiyahu, and bound him with bronze shackles to bring him to Baḇel.

8 And the Kasdites burned the house of the sovereign and the houses of the people with fire, and they broke down the walls of Yerushalayim.

9 And Neḇuzaraḏan, chief of the guard, exiled to Baḇel the remnant of the people who remained in the city and those who defected to him, with the rest of the people who were left.

10 But Neḇuzaraḏan, chief of the guard, left in the land of Yahuḏah the poor people, who had naught whatever, and gave them vineyards and fields on the same day.

11 And Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar the sovereign of Baḇel gave an order concerning Yirmeyahu to Neḇuzaraḏan, chief of the guard, saying,

12 “Take him and look after him, and do no harm whatsoever to him, but do to him even as he shall speak to you.”

13 And Neḇuzaraḏan, chief of the guard, and Neḇushazban the Raḇsaris, Nĕrḡal-Sar-Etser the Raḇmaḡ, and all the sovereign of Baḇel’s chief officers sent,

14 and had Yirmeyahu taken from the court of the guard, and gave him to Geḏalyahu son of Aḥiqam, son of Shaphan, to take him home. And he dwelt among the people.

15 And the word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had come to Yirmeyahu while he was shut up in the court of the guard, saying,

16 “Go, and you shall speak to Eḇeḏ-Meleḵ the Kushite, saying, ‘Thus said 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, “See, I am bringing My words upon this city for evil and not for good, and they shall be before you in that day.

17 “And I shall deliver you in that day,” declares 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, “so that you are not given into the hand of the men of whom you are afraid.

18 “For I shall rescue you, and you shall not fall by the sword. But your life shall be as a prize to you, for you have put your trust in Me,” declares 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.’ ”