Jeremiah 39: The
Fall of Jerusalem
Comment: The record is short and to the point: Jerusalem
is taken, the king caught and taken to Babylon and Jeremiah saved.
He also has a word of assurance for the Cushite who had spoken
up for him.]
The Babylonians take and enter Jerusalem
is how Jerusalem was taken:
the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month,
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with
his whole army and laid siege to it.
on the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah's eleventh year,
the city wall was broken through.
all the officials of the king of Babylon came and took seats in
the Middle Gate: Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekim a chief
officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officials
of the king of Babylon.
The escaping king is captured, his sons killed, he is blinded
and taken to Babylon
Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled;
they left the city at night by way of the king's garden, through
the gate between the two walls, and headed towards the Arabah.
the Babylonian army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the
plains of Jericho. They captured him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced
sentence on him.
at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah
before his eyes and also killed all the nobles of Judah.
he put out Zedekiah's eyes and bound him with bronze shackles
to take him to Babylon.
The city destroyed and all the people – except the poor – taken
Babylonians set fire to the royal palace and the houses of the
people and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.
commander of the imperial guard carried into exile to Babylon
the people who remained in the city, along with those who had
gone over to him, and the rest of the people.
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard left behind in the land
of Judah some of the poor people, who owned nothing; and at that
time he gave them vineyards and fields.
Nebuchadnezzar had given instructions for Jeremiah's protection
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had given these orders about Jeremiah
through Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard:
him and look after him; don't harm him but do for him whatever
Thus Jeremiah was saved
Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard, Nebushazban a chief officer,
Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officers of
the king of Babylon
and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard. They
handed him over to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan,
to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.
Jeremiah has a word for the Cushite that he would be saved
Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the
word of the Lord came to him:
and tell Ebed-Melek the Cushite, “This is what the Lord Almighty,
the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfil my words against
this city – words concerning disaster, not prosperity. At
that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.
I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not
be given into the hands of those you fear.
will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape
with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.”'
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