Other nations went into captivity and returned

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.08.2018 – Old Testament: Jer 49.34–39

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 49–50 on November 8, In the year of our Lord Christ 2018

By Don Ruhl

We concentrate so much on the captivity and then return of Israel and Judah that we typically miss what the Bible says about other nations going into captivity and then returning to their land:

The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the foremost of their might. Against Elam I will bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and scatter them toward all those winds; there shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go. For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies and before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger,’ says the LORD; ‘And I will send the sword after them until I have consumed them. I will set My throne in Elam, and will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says the LORD. ‘But it shall come to pass in the latter days: I will bring back the captives of Elam,’ says the LORD” (Jeremiah 49.34–39).

Have you read that before? If not, this is why it is good to read the entire Bible and I believe it is beneficial to read it at least once a year, for you will discover things that you never hear mentioned by others.


  • Do you know of other nations in the Bible, other than Israel and Judah, that went into captivity?
  • Why does the Lord send nations into captivity?

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