Jerusalem fell. There was no more food, insufficient water, and the besieging Babylonian army broke through the walls, just as Jeremiah and Ezekiel and others had prophesied.
True to form, Zedekiah ignored Jeremiah’s instructions. Instead, he abandoned his people and fled Jerusalem in an attempt to save his own life. The result was just what Jeremiah had prophesied:
2 Kings 25:5-7 But the Babylonian troops chased the king and overtook him on the plains of Jericho, for his men had all deserted him and scattered. They captured the king and took him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, where they pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah. They made Zedekiah watch as they slaughtered his sons. Then they gouged out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon.