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26 Then all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies left and went to Egypt. For they were afraid of the Babylonians.

27 On the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month, in the thirty-seventh year since King Jehoiachin of Judah was taken away from his land, Evil-merodach became the king of Babylon. He showed favor to King Jehoiachin of Judah, and let him out of prison that year. 28 He spoke kind words to him, and set his throne above the thrones of the kings who were with him in Babylon.

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