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4. The Edomites Raid Judah
The Edomites Helped the Babylonian Armies in their Destruction
2 Chronicles 28:17 - For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives.
When Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem the Edomites joined him and took an active part in the plunder of the city and slaughter of the Jews. Their cruelty at that time seems to be specially referred to in Ps 137.
Ps 137:7 "Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, "Raze it, raze it, To its very foundation!""
It was on account of these acts of cruelty committed against the Jews in the day of their calamity that the Edomites were so fearfully denounced by the later prophets
(Isa 34:5-8; 63:1-4; Jer 49:17; Lam 4:21; Ezek 25:13-14; Amos 1:11-12; Obad 8-10,15).
On the conquest of Judah, the Edomites, probably in reward for their services during the war, were permitted to settle in southern Israel and the whole plateau between it and Egypt.
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Fall of Jerusalem
1- Babylon Approaching
2- Capture of Judean Cities
3- The Siege of Jerusalem
4- Edomites Raid Judah
5- Rumor of Egyptian Forces
6- Jerusalem is Captured
7- King Zedekiah Tries to Flee
8- Jews Deported to Babylon
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"And I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it
and turning it upside down" (2 Kings 21:13)
The Destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC.
Revival came during the reign of Hezekiah but it was immediately swept aside by his son Manasseh, who was Judah's most wicked and longest ruling king. The nation never fully recovered from the effects of this evil king. Manasseh's son Amon continued in his father's depravity, but he soon was murdered. His successor Josiah (about 640-609 B.C.) restored traditional covenant religion, which was based on the Book of the Law newly discovered in a Temple storeroom (2 Chr. 34:14). Many did not follow Josiah's example, however, and the prophet Zephaniah foretold disaster for the nation. By 610 B.C. the Assyrian Empire had collapsed under Babylonian attacks, and Babylon prepared to march against Egypt, which had been helping the Assyrians. Against Jeremiah's advice, Josiah intervened and was killed at Megiddo.
After Josiah there was no hope for Judah, the last 3 kings were all evil. The Babylonians swept down upon Jerusalem in 597 B.C. and captured it. A second attack led to Jerusalem's second defeat in 586 B.C. Captives from both campaigns were taken to Babylonia to mark the captivity of the Southern Kingdom.
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