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The Babylonian Ambassadors

The end result of Judah's consorting with Babylon:

"25:8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem: 25:9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire. 25:10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about. 25:11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away. " (2 Kings 25:8-11 KJV)

"All that is in thine house ... shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left"

Prior to the time of the destruction described in the verses above, kings of Judah (see The Southern Kingdom) had sought an alliance with Babylon, primarily as a defense against Assyria - the empire that had destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel (see The Northern Kingdom), and thereafter began threatening the southern kingdom of Judah. Rather than defending themselves, by obeying the LORD, they surrendered their sovereignty by means of making an alliance with another imperial power - that was just as much a predator as the other. The chickens were asking wolves to protect them from foxes.

The Babylonian Empire

"39:1 At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered. 39:2 And Hezekiah was glad of them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah showed them not." (Isaiah 39:1-2 KJV)

Isaiah the Prophet, who had been warning the people of Judah that their only sure defense against any enemy, big or small, was to obey the LORD, warned Hezekiah that the Babylonians would do exactly the same as the Assyrians.

"39:3 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee?

And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.

39:4 Then said he, What have they seen in thine house?

And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not showed them."

39:5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts: 39:6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD. 39:7 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon." (Isaiah 39:3-7 KJV)

What was Hezekiah's response? He favored being conquered because of the "peace" that would result. But peace would not come; destruction would (see the Fact Finder question below).

"39:8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days." (Isaiah 39:8 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) What empire conquered the northern kingdom of "Israel" and threatened the southern kingdom of "Judah"? (b) What empire conquered the southern kingdom of Judah?
(a) See Ancient Empires - Assyria and The Galilee Captivity
(b) See Ancient Empires - Babylon


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