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On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine became so severe in the city that there was no bread for the common people.

Then the city was broken into, and all the warriors fled by night by the way of the gate between the double walls near the king’s garden—though the Chaldeans were all around the city—and they went by the way to the Arabah. But the Chaldean army pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his army was scattered from him.

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