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Jeremiah records that the king reigned eleven years in Jerusalem (verse 1), before going against the Lord’s commands and being a wicked king (verse 2). The Lord grew angry with him because of his wickedness (verse 3), and so delivered him to his natural consequences of being conquered by another king (verse 4). This happened in his eleventh year as king (verse 5), aft a famine was first sent as warning (verse 6).
The people of the city began to flee, leaving to look for food and escape the Chaldean army (Babylonians) (verse 7), but the Babylonian army caught up with them near Jericho (verse 8, 28). The king was captured (verse 9) and blinded and imprisoned (verse 11) and his sons killed (verse 10).
There was a captain of the Babylonian army (verse 12) who set Jerusalem on fire, even the temple and the homes (verse 13) and knocked down the walls (verse 14). They also carried away the treasures of the temple (verse 17-23), and carried away the temple workers as captives (verse 24). Some of the last of the poor were also carried away captive (verse 15, 29), but some were left to care for the land (verse 16). The other nobles were taken (verse 25, 30) to the king of Babylon (verse 26) who killed them (verse 27).
Jeremiah reminds the people of Holiness to trust in Him and be patient in affliction, telling the story of how the king of Bablyon later brought the king of Judah out of prison (verse 31) to help govern his own people (verse 32) and eat in the palaces of the king of Babylon (verse 33) for the rest of his life (verse 34).