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On the ninth day of the fourth[a] month, the famine in the city became so severe that the common people had no food.

The enemy broke through the city walls that night. All Judah’s soldiers left on the road of the gate between the two walls beside the king’s garden. While the Babylonians were attacking the city from all sides, the king took the road to the plain of Jericho. The Babylonian army pursued King Zedekiah and caught up with him in the plain of Jericho. His entire army had deserted him.

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  1. 2 Kings 25:3 Jeremiah 39:2; 52:6; Masoretic Text omits “fourth.”