Finally, God allowed the king of the Babylonians to conquer the Israelites. His army caught Zedekiah the king, and the king killed the sons of Zedekiah, and all the officers of the army and Zedekiah himself.
Then the Babylonian army burned down the temple, and the palace, and all the great houses of Jerusalem. They carried the people away into Babylon to be workers there.
The people were very sad to be made to leave Jerusalem. They lived in Babylon for a long time, but they never forgot their home.
As they grew old, they taught their children about Jerusalem, and about God. They taught their children about Abraham and Moses. They told the children that God had protected them in the promised land as long as they obeyed God, and that if they loved God and obeyed him, one day they could go home.
Some of the children forgot about God and worshipped the gods of Babylon. But some remembered God always and taught their children, who taught their children.