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On the ninth day of the [fourth] month, when the famine in the city was so severe that there was no food for the people of the land, they broke through into the city. All the soldiers [fled] by night through the gate between the two walls, near the king’s garden. Because the Kasdim were surrounding the city, the king took the route through the ‘Aravah. But the army of the Kasdim went in pursuit of the king and overtook him on the plains near Yericho; all his troops deserted him.

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