Ancient Babylonia - Questions about Babylon Answered in the Bible
What does the Bible say about Nimrod? Was he a descendant of Noah's son Ham?
6 The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. 7 The sons of Cush were
Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabtechah; and the sons of Raamah were
Sheba and Dedan. 8 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. 9
He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod the
mighty hunter before the LORD." 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel,
Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
What does the bible say about the Tower of Babel?
11:1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to
pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of
Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, "Come, let us make
bricks and bake them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt
for mortar. 4 And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower
whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be
scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." 5 But the LORD came down to see
the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the LORD said,
"Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they
begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7
Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not
understand one another's speech." 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there
over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its
name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the
earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the
When does the Bible first mention Babylon?
2 Kings 17:24
24 Then the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Ava, Hamath,
and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the
children of Israel; and they took possession of Samaria and dwelt in its cities.
Did God actually predict the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians?
10 For I have set My face against this city for adversity and not for good,"
says the LORD. "It shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he
shall burn it with fire." '
Did God allow the Babylonians to capture Jerusalem?
5 "Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; For you
shall no longer be called The Lady of Kingdoms. 6 I was angry with My people; I
have profaned My inheritance, And given them into your hand. You showed them
no mercy; On the elderly you laid your yoke very heavily. 7 And you said, 'I
shall be a lady forever,' So that you did not take these things to heart, Nor
remember the latter end of them.
Why was God so mad at the Jews?
34 But they set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to
defile it. 35 And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley
of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through
the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind
that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.'
Did Nebuchadnezzar carry off all of the Temple treasures or just some of them?
2 Chron 36:18-20
18 And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures
of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all
these he took to Babylon. 19 Then they burned the house of God, broke down the
wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its
precious possessions. 20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to
Did God promise that the Jews would return from Babylon?
11 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be
afraid of him,' says the LORD, 'for I am with you, to save you and deliver you
from his hand. 12 And I will show you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and
cause you to return to your own land.'
Did Jeremiah really predict that the Jews would be in Babylon for 70 years?
12'Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will
punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their
iniquity,' says the LORD; 'and I will make it a perpetual desolation.
Did God really give king Nebuchadnezzar authority to rule over other nations?
14'For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "I have put a yoke of
iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king
of Babylon; and they shall serve him. I have given him the beasts of the field
Does the Bible mention that Babylon would destroy the city of the Phoenecians?
7 "For thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the
north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots,
and with horsemen, and an army with many people. 8 He will slay with the sword
your daughter villages in the fields; he will heap up a siege mound against you,
build a wall against you, and raise a defense against you. 9 He will direct
his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your
towers. 10 Because of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you;
your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, the wagons, and the
chariots, when he enters your gates, as men enter a city that has been breached. 11
With the hooves of his horses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your
people by the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. 12 They
will plunder your riches and pillage your merchandise; they will break down your
walls and destroy your pleasant houses; they will lay your stones, your
timber, and your soil in the midst of the water. 13 I will put an end to the sound of
your songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more. 14 I will make
you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for spreading nets, and you
shall never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken,' says the Lord GOD.
What about Egypt?
19 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will give the land of Egypt to
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he shall take away her wealth, carry off her
spoil, and remove her pillage; and that will be the wages for his army. 20 I have
given him the land of Egypt for his labor, because they worked for Me,' says
the Lord GOD.
Does the Bible call Babylon the city of gold?
take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say: "How the oppressor
has ceased, The golden city ceased! 5 The LORD has broken the staff of the
wicked, The scepter of the rulers;
Did the prophet Daniel actually predict that King Nebuchadnezzar would go mad?
24 this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most
High, which has come upon my lord the king: 25 They shall drive you from men, your
dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat
grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall
pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men,
and gives it to whomever He chooses. 26 And inasmuch as they gave the command to
leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you,
after you come to know that Heaven rules.
Does the Bible say that Nebuchadnezzar did go mad for a period of time?
33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was
driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven
till his hair had grown like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws.
34 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and
my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and
honored Him who lives forever:
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,And His kingdom is from generation
to generation. 35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;He
does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of
the earth.No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?"
36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom,
my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me,
I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. 37 Now I,
Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose
works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to
What does the Bible say about Belshazzar and the handwriting on the wall the
night Darius the Persian came to conquer Babylon?
22 But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew
all this. 23 And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They
have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your
wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the
gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or
hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your
ways, you have not glorified. 24 Then the fingers of the hand were sent from Him,
and this writing was written. 25 "And this is the inscription that was
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
26 "This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your
kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found
wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and
Persians." 29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with
purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and made a proclamation concerning
him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain. 31 And Darius
the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.
What does the Bible say about the walls of Babylon?
58 Thus says the LORD of hosts: "The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly
broken, And her high gates shall be burned with fire; The people will labor in
vain, And the nations, because of the fire; And they shall be weary."
Does the Bible mention anything about God punishing Baal?
44 I will punish Bel in Babylon, And I will bring out of his mouth what he has
swallowed; And the nations shall not stream to him anymore. Yes, the wall of
Babylon shall fall.
Did God pronounce judgment upon the Babylonians?
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, The beauty of the Chaldeans' pride,
Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 20 It will never be inhabited,
Nor will it be settled from generation to generation; Nor will the Arabian pitch
tents there, Nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there. 21 But wild
beasts of the desert will lie there, And their houses will be full of owls;
Ostriches will dwell there, And wild goats will caper there. 22 The hyenas will
howl in their citadels, And jackals in their pleasant palaces. Her time is near to
come, And her days will not be prolonged."
To what extent would be God's punishment upon Babylon?
22 "For I will rise up against them," says the LORD of hosts, "And cut off
from Babylon the name and remnant, And offspring and posterity," says the LORD. 23
"I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, And marshes of muddy
water; I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," says the LORD of hosts.
by R. Russell
2 Kin 24:13-14 "And Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon carried out from there all the treasures of the
house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's house, and he cut in pieces
all the articles of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of
the LORD, as the LORD had said. Also he carried into captivity all Jerusalem: all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand
captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths. None remained except the poorest
people of the land."
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