Jeremiah 52:7

7 Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled. They left the city at night through the gate between the two walls near the king’s garden, though the Babyloniansa were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah,b

Read Jeremiah 52:7 Using Other Translations

Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king's garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain.
Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled and went out from the city by night by the way of a gate between the two walls, by the king's garden, while the Chaldeans were around the city. And they went in the direction of the Arabah.
Then a section of the city wall was broken down, and all the soldiers fled. Since the city was surrounded by the Babylonians, they waited for nightfall. Then they slipped through the gate between the two walls behind the king’s garden and headed toward the Jordan Valley.

What does Jeremiah 52:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 52:7

Then the city was broken up
Either its gates were broke open, some one or other of them; or a breach was made in the walls of it, through which the Chaldean army entered: and all the men of war fled;
the soldiers, with their officers, not being able to stand before the army of the king of Babylon: and went forth out of the city by night;
at which time, very probably, the attack was made, and the gates of the city forced open, or the walls broke down; Josephus F16 says it was taken in the middle of the night: by the way of the gate between the two walls, which [was] by the king's
garden; (See Gill on Jeremiah 39:4); now the Chaldeans [were] by the city round about;
as part of their army entered into it, the other part surrounded it; or, however, were placed at the gates and avenues all around, that none might escape: and they went by the way of the plain;
that is, the men of war or soldiers that fled, together with King Zedekiah, his family and princes; see ( Jeremiah 39:4 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F16 Antiqu. l. 10. c. 8. sect. 2. Ed. Hudson.
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