2 Kgs 25:27

25:27 in the thirty-seventh year. That is, March, 561 b.c.

Evil-merodach . . . began to reign. Evil-merodach was the son and successor of Nebuchadnezzar (24:1 note).

freed Jehoiachin . . . from prison. Administrative texts from Babylonia mention payment of rations in oil and barley to Jehoiachin, king of Judah, and five of his sons. Evil-merodach may have initiated this act of mercy on the occasion of his enthronement.