When Jehoiachin king of Judah had been in exile for thirty-seven years, Evil-Merodach became king in Babylon and let Jehoiachin out of prison. This release took place on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month.
The king treated him most courteously and gave him preferential treatment beyond anything experienced by the political prisoners held in Babylon.
Jehoiachin took off his prison garb and from then on ate his meals in company with the king.
The king provided everything he needed to live comfortably for the rest of his life.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)