And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield. And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate. And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest. Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool. And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall. Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.
Elam and Kir were the southern and northern units of the Babylonian army. Their chariots and cavalry filled the valleys which surrounded the city. The Jews made elaborate plans to withstand the siege. They ransacked the armory, demolished houses to get stones for repairing the wall, and tried to devise a makeshift water supply. They did everything but look to God, who wrought the disaster and planned it long before.