14 Then he deported all Jerusalem and all the commanders and all the fighting men,(A) 10,000 captives,(B) and all the craftsmen and metalsmiths.(C) Except for the poorest people of the land,(D) no one remained.

15 Nebuchadnezzar deported Jehoiachin to Babylon. Also, he took the king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officials, and the leading men of the land into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.(E) 16 The king of Babylon also brought captive into Babylon all 7,000 fighting men and 1,000 craftsmen and metalsmiths—all strong and fit for war.

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The king ordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his court officials,[a] to bring some of the Israelites from the royal family(A) and from the nobility— young men without any physical defect, good-looking, suitable for instruction in all wisdom,(B) knowledgeable, perceptive, and capable of serving in the king’s palace(C)—and to teach them the Chaldean language(D) and literature.

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 1:3 Or his eunuchs

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