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On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was severe in the city, and there was no food for the people of the land. The city was breached, and all the fighting men fled by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which is by the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city. They went along the way of the Arabah. Then the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his army deserted him.

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