2 Kings 25:28
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
He spoke kindly to Jehoiachin and gave him a higher place than all the other exiled kings in Babylon.

English Standard Version
And he spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat above the seats of the kings who were with him in Babylon.

New American Standard Bible
and he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon.

King James Bible
And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He spoke kindly to him and set his throne over the thrones of the kings who were with him in Babylon.

International Standard Version
He spoke kindly to him and elevated his position above the thrones of the kings with him in Babylon.

NET Bible
He spoke kindly to him and gave him a more prestigious position than the other kings who were with him in Babylon.

New Heart English Bible
and he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He treated him well and gave him a special position higher than the other kings who were with him in Babylon.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon.

New American Standard 1977
and he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he spoke kindly to him and set his seat above the seats of the kings that were with him in Babylon.

King James 2000 Bible
And he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;

American King James Version
And he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;

American Standard Version
and he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he spoke kindly to him: and he set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon.

Darby Bible Translation
and he spoke kindly to him, and set his seat above the seat of the kings that were with him in Babylon.

English Revised Version
and he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;

World English Bible
and he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon,

Young's Literal Translation
and speaketh with him good things and putteth his throne above the throne of the kings who are with him in Babylon,
Study Bible
Jehoiachin Released from Prison
27Now it came about in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he became king, released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison; 28and he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 29Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes and had his meals in the king's presence regularly all the days of his life;…
Cross References
Jeremiah 52:32
Then he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the thrones of the kings who were with him in Babylon.

Daniel 2:37
"You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength and the glory;

Daniel 5:18
"O king, the Most High God granted sovereignty, grandeur, glory and majesty to Nebuchadnezzar your father.

Daniel 5:19
"Because of the grandeur which He bestowed on him, all the peoples, nations and men of every language feared and trembled before him; whomever he wished he killed and whomever he wished he spared alive; and whomever he wished he elevated and whomever he wished he humbled.
Treasury of Scripture

And he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;

kindly to him. Heb. good things with him. the throne.

Jeremiah 27:6-11 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar …

Daniel 2:37 You, O king, are a king of kings: for the God of heaven has given …

Daniel 5:18,19 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, …

(28) Set his throne above the throne of the kings . . .--Gave him precedence of the other captive kings who were kept at the Babylonian court by way of enhancing its glory (comp. Judges 1:7), and probably marked this precedence by allowing him a higher chair of state in the royal hall. So Cyrus kept Croesus king of Lydia at his court (Herod, i. 88). We may remember also the chivalrous behaviour of our own Black Prince towards his royal captive John of France.

Verse 28. - And he spake kindly to him; literally, he spake good things with him; but the meaning is well expressed by our rendering. Evil-Merodach compassionated the sufferings of the unfortunate monarch, who had grown old in prison, and strove by kind speech to make up to him for them in a certain measure. And set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon. Evil-Merodach had at his court other captured kings besides Jehoiachin, whose presence was considered to enhance his dignity and grandeur (comp. Judges 1:7). An honorable position and probably a seat of honor was assigned to each; but the highest position among them was now conferred on Jehoiachin. Whether he had actually a more elevated seat, is (as Bahr observes) a mattes of no importance. 25:22-30 The king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah to be the governor and protector of the Jews left their land. But the things of their peace were so hidden from their eyes, that they knew not when they were well off. Ishmael basely slew him and all his friends, and, against the counsel of Jeremiah, the rest went to Egypt. Thus was a full end made of them by their own folly and disobedience; see Jeremiah chap. 40 to 45. Jehoiachin was released out of prison, where he had been kept 37 years. Let none say that they shall never see good again, because they have long seen little but evil: the most miserable know not what turn Providence may yet give to their affairs, nor what comforts they are reserved for, according to the days wherein they have been afflicted. Even in this world the Saviour brings a release from bondage to the distressed sinner who seeks him, bestowing foretastes of the pleasures which are at his right hand for evermore. Sin alone can hurt us; Jesus alone can do good to sinners.
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