By the rivers of Babylon where we sat down and there we wept when we
The city of Babylon was the capital of the ancient land of Babylonia in southern
Mesopotamia. It was situated on the Euphrates River about 50 miles south of
modern Baghdad, just north of what is now the modern Iraqi town of al-Hillah.
Babylonia was an ancient empire that existed in the Near East in southern
Mesopotamia between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers. Throughout much of
their history their main rivals for supremacy were their neighbors, the Assyrians. It
was the Babylonians, under King Nebuchadnezzar II, who destroyed Jerusalem, the
capital of the Kingdom of Judah, and carried the Israelites’ into captivity in 587 BC.
The Hebrew prophet Jeremiah had foretold that the Jews would be free to return
home to Jerusalem after 70 years. The Lord had encouraged His people through
the prophets Ezekiel and Daniel who were also captives in Babylon. During this 70
year period of captivity, the Persians conquered Babylonia, and the Babylonians
passed from the scene as a world power.
In 538 Cyrus the Great, ruler of Persia issued an edict that allowed the Israelites to
And now Persia (Iran) has a little shithead called Ahmadinejad
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