Judah Taken Captive to Babylon
If you will carefully read the
important book of Jeremiah,
you will notice the first few chapters are devoted to his ministry in warning the Jews
of their impending invasion and captivity unless they would repent.
they would not repent.
And so, finally, the invasion came.
In the first siege Nebuchadnezzar marched into Jerusalem, taking it captive.
he did not at once drive out all the Jews.
He did not even drive out their king, Jehoiakim,
but made him a vassal king, the servant of Nebuchadnezzar.
As such he continued on his throne,
as did two more kings after him, Jehoiachin, his son, arid Zedekiah, his brother.(Read II Kings 24).
In Zedekiah's 11th year as king, the Chaldean armies
besieged Jerusalem, entered it; the city was broken up, the palace and
All the sons of King Zedekiah were killed before his eyes.
So that there would be no man to carry on his dynasty, all the princes of Judah were also slain.
King Zedekiah's eyes were put out, and he was bound in chains and carried to Babylon where he died.
You will read of all this captivity in II Kings 25, 11 Chronicles 36, Jeremiah 39, and 52.
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