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And then[a] when[b] Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, and all the soldiers[c] with him, they fled and went out at night from the city by the way of the garden of the king through the gate between the walls. And they went out toward the Jordan Valley. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. And they took him and brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath. And he pronounced sentence[d] on him. And the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah at Riblah before his eyes. The king of Babylon also slaughtered all the nobles of Judah.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 39:4 Literally “And it was”
  2. Jeremiah 39:4 Literally “as that”
  3. Jeremiah 39:4 Literally “the men of the war”
  4. Jeremiah 39:5 Literally “judgments”

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