Bible passage: Jeremiah 46:25-28
Written: Sometime between 626-586 BC
In Jeremiah 46, the prophet gives a wide range of prophecies involving the Judah and the surrounding nations. Collectively, it is a prophecy about preservation and destruction.
Jeremiah lived during the time of the Babylonian Captivity, when the Babylonians were expanding their empire and conquering Judah, about 2,600 years ago. The Babylonians took many of the people of Judah as captives to other parts of Babylon.
In Jeremiah 46:27, the prophet informs the people of Judah that they will survive their Babylonian exile and return home again.
In Jeremiah 46:28, we are told that the nations to which the people of Judah were exiled will be completely destroyed.
Seventy years after Babylon conquered the land of Judah, the empire was in turn conquered by a coalition of Medes and Persians. The Babylonian empire never recovered from the defeat and ceased to exist.
However, Judah did recover. The Jews who were held captive in Babylon returned to their homeland began restoing it, about 2,500 years ago.
Jeremiah, in verse 25, explains that Egypt will not be destroyed like other nations but that it too will undergo a restoration, which it did.
- Research and commentary is based on the book 100 Prophecies. © Ray Konig and AboutBibleProphecy.com.
Here is Jeremiah 46:25-28:
25 The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I am about to bring punishment on Amon god of Thebes, on Pharaoh, on Egypt and her gods and her kings, and on those who rely on Pharaoh. 26 I will give them into the hands of those who want to kill them—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. Later, however, Egypt will be inhabited as in times past," declares the Lord.
27 "Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.
28 Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant, for I am with you," declares the Lord. "Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure; I will not let you go entirely unpunished."
(New International Version translation)