Jerusalem destroyed (586 B.C.)Jerusalem destroyed - "Now in the ninth year of his reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, camped against it and built a siege wall all around it.  So the city was under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.  On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people in the land.  Then the city was broken into, and the men of war fled by night by way of the gate between the two walls beside the king's garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city.  And they went by way of the Arabah.  But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho and all his army was scattered from him.  Then they captured the king and brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and he passed sentence on him.  They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, then put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon.  Now on the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.  He burned the house of the Lord, the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire.  So all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem.  Then the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon and the rest of the people, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away into exile." (II Kings 25:1-11, NASB)