The Destruction of the Southern Kingdom of Judah
2. Capture of Judean Cities
The Babylonian Armies Ravaged the Cities in the
2 Kings 24:20 "For because of the anger of the LORD this happened in Jerusalem
and Judah, that He finally cast them out from His presence."
armies came from the north and ravaged the small city-states of Syria, and in
589 B.C. they sacked Lachish and Azekah.
Jer 25:8-11 "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Because you have not heard
My words, behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,' says the
LORD, 'and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them
against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all
around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing,
and perpetual desolations. Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and
the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride,
the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. And this whole land shall
be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of
Babylon seventy years."
the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon to all submit to king
The prophet Ezekiel
pictured Nebuchadnezzar casting lots at the cross-roads where the sign pointed
to Rabbah of Ammon and to Jerusalem.
18 The word of the LORD came to me again, saying:
19 "And son of man, appoint for yourself two ways for the sword of the king of
Babylon to go; both of them shall go from the same land. Make a sign; put it at
the head of the road to the city.
20 Appoint a road for the sword to go to Rabbah of the Ammonites, and to Judah,
into fortified Jerusalem.
21 For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the
two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the images, he
looks at the liver.
22 In his right hand is the divination for Jerusalem: to set up battering rams,
to call for a slaughter, to lift the voice with shouting, to set battering rams
against the gates, to heap up a siege mound, and to build a wall.
23 And it will be to them like a false divination in the eyes of those who have
sworn oaths with them; but he will bring their iniquity to remembrance, that
they may be taken.
Jeremiah also gave
a word about king Zedekiah and Jerusalem and the cities of Lachish and Azekah,
the only three cities that remained standing :
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, when Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon and all his army, all the kingdoms of the earth under his dominion, and
all the people, fought against Jerusalem and all its cities, saying,
2 "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: 'Go and speak to Zedekiah king of
Judah and tell him, "Thus says the LORD: 'Behold, I will give this city into the
hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
3 And you shall not escape from his hand, but shall surely be taken and
delivered into his hand; your eyes shall see the eyes of the king of Babylon, he
shall speak with you face to face, and you shall go to Babylon.'"'
4 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah! Thus says the LORD
concerning you: 'You shall not die by the sword.
5 You shall die in peace; as in the ceremonies of your fathers, the former kings
who were before you, so they shall burn incense for you and lament for you,
saying, "Alas, lord!" For I have pronounced the word, says the LORD.'"
6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke all these words to Zedekiah king of Judah in
7 when the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem and all the cities of
Judah that were left, against Lachish and Azekah; for only these fortified
cities remained of the cities of Judah.
The Events Surrounding the
Destruction of Jerusalem
The Fall of Judah
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