So in the ninth1 year of Zedekiah's reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar2 king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. He encamped outside the city and built siege works3 all around it.
The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.
By the ninth day of the [fourth]a month the famine4 in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat.
Then the city wall was broken through,5 and the whole army fled at night through the gate between the two walls near the king's garden, though the Babyloniansb were surrounding6 the city. They fled toward the Arabah,c