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2 Kings 25:27-30

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Jehoiachin in Babylon

25:27 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of King Jehoiachin of Judah, on the twenty-seventh 1  day of the twelfth month, 2  King Evil-Merodach of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, pardoned 3  King Jehoiachin of Judah and released him 4  from prison. 25:28 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a more prestigious position than 5  the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 25:29 Jehoiachin 6  took off his prison clothes and ate daily in the king’s presence for the rest of his life. 25:30 He was given daily provisions by the king for the rest of his life until the day he died. 7 

1 sn The parallel account in Jer 52:31 has “twenty-fifth.”

2 sn The twenty-seventh day would be March 22, 561 b.c. in modern reckoning.

3 tn Heb “lifted up the head of.”

4 tn The words “released him” are supplied in the translation on the basis of Jer 52:31.

5 tn Heb “made his throne above the throne of.”

6 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Jehoiachin) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

7 tc The words “until the day he died” do not appear in the MT, but they are included in the parallel passage in Jer 52:34. Probably they have been accidentally omitted by homoioteleuton. A scribe’s eye jumped from the final vav (ו) on בְּיוֹמוֹ (bÿyomo), “in his day,” to the final vav (ו) on מוֹתוֹ (moto), “his death,” leaving out the intervening words.



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