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Nabopolassar

NABOPOLASSAR (năb'ō-pō-lăs'âr). First ruler of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, 626-605 b.c. Allied with Medes and Scythians, he overthrew the Assyrian Empire, destroying Nineveh in 612, as prophesied by Nah.2.1-Nah.3.9 and Zeph.2.13-Zeph.2.15. The destruction earlier prophesied by Jonah was averted by Nineveh’s repentance (Jonah.3.1-Jonah.3.10). When Pharaoh Neco came to aid the Assyrians, Josiah (king of Judah) opposed him and was killed at Megiddo (2Kgs.23.29; 2Chr.35.20-2Chr.35.27). Nabopolassar died in Babylon about the time his son Nebuchadnezzar II was engaged in the battle of Carchemish.