52:8 But the Babylonian army chased after the king. They caught up with Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho, 1 and his entire army deserted him. 52:9 They captured him and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah 2 in the territory of Hamath and he passed sentence on him there.
2 sn Riblah was a strategic town on the Orontes River in Syria. It was at a crossing of the major roads between Egypt and Mesopotamia. Pharaoh Necho had earlier received Jehoahaz there and put him in chains (2 Kgs 23:33) prior to taking him captive to Egypt. Nebuchadnezzar had set up his base camp for conducting his campaigns against the Palestinian states there and was now sitting in judgment on prisoners brought to him.