Zedekiah was the nineteenth and last king of Judah. He was the third son of Josiah, and brother of Jehoahaz. When Jehoahaz's son Jehoaichin was taken prisoner by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon placed Zedekiah on the throne.
A weak king, he ignored the advice of the prophet Jeremiah, and taking the bad advice from princes and advisers instead, he threw off the yoke of Babylon and entered into an alliance with Egypt. A furious Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem for almost two years, bring the city to the verge of starvation. Finally, the Babylonians made a breach in the wall and overran the city.
Zedekiah and his followers, attempting to escape, were taken captive to Riblah. There, after seeing his own children put to death, his own eyes were put out, and, being loaded with chains, he was taken to to Babylon where he remained a prisoner until his death.
After the fall of Jerusalem, Nebuzaraddan was sent to carry out its complete destruction. They plundered Solomon's temple, looted the king's palace and after taking everything of value razed the city to the ground.