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Babylon Conquers Judah (2 Kings 18: 1 - 25: 30)

Babylon Conquers Judah (2 Kings 18: 1 - 25: 30)

Sennarcherib, king of Assyria (705-681 B.C.), attacks Jerusalem in 701 B.C., while Hezekiah is king (715-686 B.C.) and Isaiah is prophet (740-686 B.C.). Working together, Hezekiah and Isaiah implore the Lord to save Jerusalem and Judah. And he does. God vows that “[Sennarcherib] will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here” (2 Kings 19: 32). “That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh [capital of the Assyrian Empire] and stayed there” (2 Kings 19: 35-36). With its defeat at Jerusalem in 701 B.C. Assyria weakens; to its south, Babylon (southern Iraq of today) rises. In 625 B.C. the Babylonians assert their independence from Assyria, attacking and destroying its capital, Nineveh, in 612 B.C. (the subject of the prophet Nahum). Nebuchadnezzar, Crown Pri