Nebuchadnezzar's War against Arphaxad
1In the twelfth year of the reign of Nebuchadnez´zar, who reigned in Nin´eveh, the great city; in the days of Arphax´ad, which reigned over the Medes in Ecbatana, 2and built in Ecbatana walls round about of stones hewn three cubits broad and six cubits long, and made the height of the wall seventy cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits: 3and set the towers thereof upon the gates of it, an hundred cubits high, and the breadth thereof in the foundation threescore cubits: 4and he made the gates thereof, even gates that were raised to the height of seventy cubits, and the breadth of them was forty cubits, for the going forth of his mighty armies, and for the setting in array of his footmen: 5even in those days king Nebuchadnez´zar made war with king Arphax´ad in the great plain, which is the plain in the borders of Ragau. 6And there came unto him all they that dwelt in the hill country, and all that dwelt by Euphra´tes, and Tigris, and Hydas´pes, and the plain of Ar´i-och the king of the E´lamites, and very many nations of the sons of Chalde´ans, assembled themselves to the battle.
7Then Nebuchadnez´zar king of the Assyrians sent unto all that dwelt in Persia, and to all that dwelt westward, and to those that dwelt in Cili´cia, and Damascus, and Lebanon, and Antilebanon, and to all that dwelt upon the sea coast, 8and to those among the nations that were of Carmel, and Gil´e-ad, and the higher Galilee, and the great plain of Esdra-e´lon, 9#Num 34.5 and to all that were in Samaria and the cities thereof, and beyond Jordan unto Jerusalem, and Bethany, and Chellus, and Kadesh, and the river of Egypt, and Tah´panhes, and Raam´ses, and all the land of Goshen, 10until ye come beyond Tanis and Memphis, and to all the inhabitants of Egypt, until ye come to the borders of Ethiopia. 11But all the inhabitants of the land made light of the commandment of Nebuchadnez´zar king of the Assyrians, neither went they with him to the battle; for they were not afraid of him: yea, he was before them as one man, and they sent away his ambassadors from them without effect, and with disgrace. 12Therefore Nebuchadnez´zar was very angry with all this country, and sware by his throne and kingdom, that he would surely be avenged upon all those coasts of Cili´cia, and Damascus, and Syria, and that he would slay with the sword all the inhabitants of the land of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and all Judah, and all that were in Egypt, till ye come to the borders of the two seas.
13Then he marched in battle array with his power against king Arphax´ad in the seventeenth year, and he prevailed in his battle: for he overthrew all the power of Arphax´ad, and all his horsemen, and all his chariots, 14and became lord of his cities, and came unto Ecbatana, and took the towers, and spoiled the streets thereof, and turned the beauty thereof into shame. 15He took also Arphax´ad in the mountains of Ragau, and smote him through with his darts, and destroyed him utterly that day. 16So he returned afterward to Nin´eveh, both he and all his company of sundry nations, being a very great multitude of men of war, and there he took his ease, and banqueted, both he and his army, an hundred and twenty days.
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