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26 Then all the people, from the youngest to the oldest, as well as the army officers, left for[a] Egypt, because they were afraid of what the Babylonians might do.

Jehoiachin in Babylon

27 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of King Jehoiachin of Judah, on the twenty-seventh[b] day of the twelfth month,[c] King Evil Merodach of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, pardoned[d] King Jehoiachin of Judah and released him[e] from prison. 28 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a more prestigious position than[f] the other kings who were with him in Babylon.

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  1. 2 Kings 25:26 tn Heb “arose and went to.”
  2. 2 Kings 25:27 sn The parallel account in Jer 52:31 has “twenty-fifth.”
  3. 2 Kings 25:27 sn The twenty-seventh day would be March 22, 561 b.c. in modern reckoning.
  4. 2 Kings 25:27 tn Heb “lifted up the head of.”
  5. 2 Kings 25:27 tn The words “released him” are supplied in the translation on the basis of Jer 52:31.
  6. 2 Kings 25:28 tn Heb “made his throne above the throne of.”

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