I read the prophecy against Babylon in Jeremiah 50 today, where the prophet said of the proud city that conquered Judah:
Behold, she shall be the last of the nations,
a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
Because of the wrath of the LORD she shall not be inhabited
but shall be an utter desolation;
everyone who passes by Babylon shall be appalled,
and hiss because of all her wounds.
(Jeremiah 50:12b-13 ESV)
I wondered how and when this prophecy came true.
Babylon continued to thrive under both Assyrian and Persian rules (as we know from Ezra and Nehemiah) as well as under Alexander the Great.
Here’s the account of what happened next (Wikipedia… I know, I know…):
[Following Alexander's death and decades of fighting by his generals]… constant turmoil virtually emptied the city of Babylon. A tablet dated 275 BC states that the inhabitants of Babylon were transported to Seleucia…. With this deportation, the history of Babylon comes practically to an end…. By 141 BC, when the Parthian Empire took over the region, Babylon was in complete desolation and obscurity.
And what’s the situation today in this city located in modern-day Iraq?
All that remains of the original ancient famed city of Babylon today is a large mound, or tell, of broken mud-brick buildings and debris in the fertile Mesopotamian plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Today’s Readings: Jeremiah 49:1 – 50:46, Psalm 119: 121-128, Proverbs 28:6, Titus 1:1-16. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).