The Babylonian Exile

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The Babylonian Exile

"The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians ..."2 Chron 36:15-17"[Nebuchadnezzar] carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power."2 Chron. 36:20

Many exiles had a high place in Babylon. Examples include:-Jehoiachin (the last king of Judah) was freed from prison, dined regularly with the king, and was given a large living allowance (2 Kings 25:29-30). -Daniel and his friends were given a high place in Nebuchandnezar's court (Dan. 2:48)

The Babylonian Exile


The Babylonians allowed the exiles to settle together in a community near the Chebar River. They lived relatively peacefully there, being allowed to live on and farm the land as long as they were loyal to the Babylonians.

Jeremiah encouages them to live in this peaceful way and contribute to the Babylonian society. He then prophesies that God will deliver them in 70 years. (Jer. 29:1-14)

Life in Babylon

Why the Exile?

Though they had religious freedom, Jewish law stated that they could not offer animal sacrifices ouside of the Temple in Jerusalem. Because of this, religious life of the exiles became centered around the study of God's Word.


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