The bronze capital1 on top of the one pillar was five cubitsa high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates2 of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar.
There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates3 above the surrounding network was a hundred.424
The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah5 the chief priest, Zephaniah6 the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.725
Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and seven royal advisers. He also took the secretary8 who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land and sixty of his men who were found in the city.
Nebuzaradan9 the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.
There at Riblah,10 in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed. So Judah went into captivity, away11 from her land.
This is the number of the people Nebuchadnezzar carried into exile:12 in the seventh year, 3,023 Jews;
in Nebuchadnezzar's eighteenth year, 832 people from Jerusalem;
in his twenty-third year, 745 Jews taken into exile by Nebuzaradan the commander of the imperial guard. There were 4,600 people in all.13
In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin14 king of Judah, in the year Evil-Merodachb became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah and freed him from prison on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month.
He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon.