Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and seven royal advisers. He also took the secretary1 who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land and sixty of his men who were found in the city.
Nebuzaradan2 the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.
There at Riblah,3 in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed. So Judah went into captivity, away4 from her land.
This is the number of the people Nebuchadnezzar carried into exile:5 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.6
In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin7 king of Judah, in the year Evil-Merodacha 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.
So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king's table.834
Day by day the king of Babylon gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance9 as long as he lived, till the day of his death.