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Jeremiah 39:4-6 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

When King Zedekiah and his troops saw that Jerusalem had been captured, they tried to escape from the city that same night. They went to the king’s garden, where they slipped through the gate between the two city walls[a] and headed toward the Jordan River valley. But the Babylonian troops caught up with them near Jericho. They arrested Zedekiah and took him to the town of Riblah in the land of Hamath, where Nebuchadnezzar put him on trial, then found him guilty and gave orders for him to be punished. Zedekiah’s sons were killed there in front of him, and so were the leaders of Judah’s ruling families.

Footnotes:

  1. 39.4 the gate between the two city walls: The construction of the city walls at this point is not known.

Jeremiah 39:4-6 New International Version (NIV)

When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled; they left the city at night by way of the king’s garden, through the gate between the two walls, and headed toward the Arabah.[a]

But the Babylonian[b] army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. They captured him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him. There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and also killed all the nobles of Judah.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 39:4 Or the Jordan Valley
  2. Jeremiah 39:5 Or Chaldean
New International Version (NIV)

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