In the Second Book of Kings, we read in chapter 25 how Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, laid siege to Jerusalem. We are told of the suffering of the city’s inhabitants, who were starving and doing all they could to escape when Jerusalem was finally taken.
“Then the city was broken into, and all the men of war fled by night by way of the gate between the two walls beside the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city. And they went by way of the Arabah. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho and all his army was scattered from him. Then they captured the king and brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and he passed sentence on him. And they slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, then put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon. Now on the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar,...
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