1. In the seventh year of Sidqaiah, the king of Judea, in the tenth month, there came Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, together with all his forces, upon Jerusalem and laid siege* over it.
2. And in the eleventh year of King Sidqaiah, in the fifth month, on the ninth of it, the city gates [were breached.]
3. And there came all the noblemen* of the King of Babylon and sat in the central gate, Nargil Sharassar and Samghadnabu, Sarsachim, chief of the faithful, Nargil Sharassar the chief magi -- and all the noblemen of the King of Babylon.
4. And as Sidqaiah king of Judea saw them with all the men of war, they fled out of the city in the night, through the royal gardens by the gate of the wall sentries* and they fled along the escape route.
5. And the Chaldean forces chased after them, and they found Sidqaiah on the escape route to Jericho, and all his forces scattered from him, and they fetched him and took him up to Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, to Divlat in the land of Khamat, where he was sentenced.*
6. Then* the King of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Sidqaiah in Divlat; his flocks and all the noblemen* of Judea, the King of Babylon did slaughter at Divlat;
7. And he blinded the eyes of Sidqaiah and then tied him with chains to be taken to Babylon.
8. And the Chaldeans burned down the king's palace and the people's houses* and they dug up the walls that circled Jerusalem.
9. Yet many* of the people who had remained in the city and the people who had fled to him, Nebuzardan, chief of the cavalry took them captive and carried them off to Babylon.
10. And the poor people who had nothing, Nebuzardan, chief of the cavalry, left them in the land of Judea; he gave them vineyards and work on that Day.
11. Then* Nebuchanasser, King of Babylon, gave the order regarding Jeremiah to Nebuzardan, chief of the cavalry, and said to him,
12. "Go, fetch Jeremiah, and keep your eyes on him, but do not harm him,* and do whatever he tell you."
13. And [there sent] Nebuchanasser, chief of the horsemen, and Nebuchanasser, chief of the faithful, and Nergal, Sherassar, Rabmag, and all the chiefs of the King of Babylon --
14. And they sent for Jeremiah to call him from that place, from the prison,* and they delivered him to Gidlaiah son of Akhiqam son of Shapan, so as to return him to his house, to sit among the people.
15. And the Manifestation of the Lord was upon Jeremiah while he was standing in the guard's courtyard,
16. "Go and tell Ebedmalik the Cushite, thus says the Almighty Lord God of Israel, 'Behold, I shall bring over the Manifestation over this city for evil and not for good, and they shall be thus before you on that Day.'"
17. "And I shall redeem* you on that Day," said the Lord, "and you shall not be delivered into the hands of the men that you are afraid of.
18. "Thus* I shall redeem you and you shall not fall by the sword; you shall carry off your soul, for you upheld your standing with me," said the Lord.
*39:1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Rested over her."
*39:3 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Leaders."
*39:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "House of walls."
*39:5 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Spoke to him of judgment."
*39:6.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*39:6.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Leaders."
*39:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And to the house of the king and the house of the nation, the Chaldeans burned with fire."
*39:9 Lit. Ar. id.: "And the rest."
*39:11 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*39:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And do not do anything that is evil to him."
*39:14 Lit. Ar. id.: "House of prisoners."
*39:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "Passover [you]."
*39:18 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
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