Nebuzaradan the king's deputy marched them all off to the king of Babylon at Riblah.
And there at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king of Babylon killed the lot of them in cold blood. Judah went into exile, orphaned from her land.
3,023 men of Judah were taken into exile by Nebuchadnezzar in the seventh year of his reign.
832 from Jerusalem were taken in the eighteenth year of his reign.
745 men from Judah were taken off by Nebuzaradan, the king's chief deputy, in Nebuchadnezzar's twenty-third year. The total number of exiles was 4,600.
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.
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