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2 Kings 25:1-3 New English Translation (NET Bible)

25 So King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came against Jerusalem with his whole army and set up camp outside[a] it. They built siege ramps all around it. He arrived on the tenth day of the tenth month in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign.[b] The city remained under siege until King Zedekiah’s eleventh year. By the ninth day of the fourth month[c] the famine in the city was so severe the residents[d] had no food.


  1. 2 Kings 25:1 tn Or “against.”
  2. 2 Kings 25:1 sn This would have been Jan 15, 588 b.c. The reckoning is based on the calendar that begins the year in the spring (Nisan = March/April).
  3. 2 Kings 25:3 tn The MT has simply “of the month,” but the parallel passage in Jer 52:6 has “fourth month,” and this is followed by almost all English translations. The word “fourth,” however, is not actually present in the MT of 2 Kgs 25:3.sn According to modern reckoning that would have been July 18, 586 b.c. The siege thus lasted almost a full eighteen months.
  4. 2 Kings 25:3 tn Heb “the people of the land.”
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