Map of the Assyrian Empire (650 B.C.)
This map reveals the Assyrian Empire
at the time of Ashurbanipal who conquered kingdoms all the way to
Thebes in Egypt. The map shows how vast the Assyrian Empires
territory had extended, which covered lands from the Persian Gulf to
Egypt to present day Turkey.
Map of the New Assyrian Empire
in 650 B.C.
The Assyrians were
remarkable warriors and had been for some time. Their tactically
organized and well-equipped army was able to storm enemy cities like a
mighty machine, on foot, on their swift horses and their war chariots.
Once the Assyrian troops had battered down a city gate, they showed no
mercy. They ruthlessly murdered, tortured, and enslaved their enemies.
Their practice of relocating rebellious peoples made them very despised.
Any conquered people would forever hate the cruel Assyrians. Their
extreme measures of exacting tribute have been some of the most brutal
scenes of human cruelty that the world has ever known as seen from archaeological
One of the ancient monuments discovered in the ruins of ancient Assyria has this inscription by King Assurnasirpal
of a conquered city:
"Their men, young and old, I took as prisoners. Of some I cut off the feet and hands; of others I cut off the noses, ears, and lips; of the young men's ears I made a heap; of the old men's heads I built a minaret."
- (Asshurnasirpal Inscription)
The Bible Mentions a lot Concerning the "Assyrians"
Isaiah 19:23 - In that
day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the
Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into
Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
23:9 - Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her
lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she
- When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah [saw] his wound, then
went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb:
yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
- And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the
land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver [us]
from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and
when he treadeth within our borders.
- Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of
a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him:
but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be
23:13 - Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was
not, [till] the Assyrian founded it for them that
dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised
up the palaces thereof; [and] he brought it to ruin.
10:24 - Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my
people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian:
he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against
thee, after the manner of Egypt.
- O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in
their hand is mine indignation.
- He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian
shall be his king, because they refused to return.
14:25 - That I will break the Assyrian in my
land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his
yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their
31:3 - Behold, the Assyrian [was] a cedar in
Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an
high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.
- For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into
Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed
them without cause.
- And this [man] shall be the peace, when the Assyrian
shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces,
then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal
30:31 - For through the voice of the LORD shall the
Assyrian be beaten down, [which] smote with a rod.
Ezekiel 16:28 - Thou
hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because
thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them,
and yet couldest not be satisfied.
19:23 - In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to
Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian
into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
- Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he
daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant
with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
19:35 - And it came to pass that night, that the angel of
the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians
an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in
the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses.
37:36 - Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in
the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and
five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold,
they [were] all dead corpses.
23:23 - The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and
Shoa, and Koa, [and] all the Assyrians with them: all
of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and
renowned, all of them riding upon horses.
23:12 - She doted upon the Assyrians [her]
neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen
riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.
23:5 - And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and
she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians [her]
Lamentations 5:6 - We have given the hand [to] the
Egyptians, [and to] the Assyrians, to be satisfied