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2-3 After a year and a half, all the food in Jerusalem was gone. Then on the ninth day of the fourth[a] month, the Babylonian troops broke through the city wall.[b] That same night, Zedekiah and his soldiers tried to escape through the gate near the royal garden, even though they knew the enemy had the city surrounded. They headed toward the desert, but the Babylonian troops caught up with them near Jericho. They arrested Zedekiah, but his soldiers scattered in every direction.

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Footnotes

  1. 25.2,3 fourth: This word is not in the Hebrew text here, but see the parallel in Jeremiah 52.5,6.
  2. 25.4 wall: Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 B.C.

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