Carchemish (Kahr´kuh-mish)

A city on the Euphrates River in northern Syria, about sixty miles northeast of Aleppo. In the first millennium BCE, Pharaoh Neco encountered Josiah at Carchemish before the two engaged in battle on the plain of Megiddo (2Chr 35:20; 2Chr 35:22). In 605 BCE, Nebuchadnezzar defeated Egypt there, and Babylonia assumed control of the region (Jer 46:2). This event was a turning point in the prophecies of Jeremiah (Jer 25:1-13).

2Chr 35:20

Defeat by Pharaoh Neco and Death of Josiah
20After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, King Neco of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the E ... View more

2Chr 35:22

22But Josiah would not turn away from him, but disguised himself in order to fight with him. He did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but j ... View more

Jer 46:2

2Concerning Egypt, about the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates at Carchemish and which King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon defeat ... View more

Jer 25:1-13

The Babylonian Captivity Foretold
1The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Juda ... View more

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