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Riblah

RIBLAH (rĭb'la, Heb. rivlâh). The city at the head waters of the Orontes River was a stronghold for both Egyptians and Assyrians. Copious water ran from its springs; fertile lands, east and west, and timber lands in nearby Lebanon made it a coveted prize of war. When Pharaoh Neco captured Jerusalem about 600 b.c. he took King Jehoahaz, put Judah under tribute to Egypt, and led the king to Egypt, where he died (2Kgs.23.31-2Kgs.23.34). A few years later, Nebuchadnezzar, then at war with Egypt, captured Jeremiah and took King Zedekiah to Riblah as a captive. There Zedekiah’s sons were killed before him, his eyes were put out, and he was taken in chains to Babylon (2Kgs.25.6-2Kgs.25.7). Nebuchadnezzar then destroyed Jerusalem, and the chief priests and temple guards were led to Riblah, where, before the Jews were taken into captivity, they were executed (2Kgs.25.21). Riblah was on the east side of Ain, probably near Mount Hermon (Num.34.11).