Jeremiah 46:2 Index
"Against Egypt, against the army of Pharaoh–necho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah."
Research Material

" . . . Pharaoh-necho of Egypt . . . "

  • The first clause merely states where Pharaoh's army was, the second tells what befell it at the Euphrates. It is this that the following prophecy refers. Pharaoh-Necho, soon after ascending the throne , in the last year of Josiah's reign (610 B.C.), had landed in Palestine, at the bay of Acre, with the view of subjugating Hither Asia as far as the Euphrates, and had defeated and slain King Josiah, who marched out against him. He next deposed Jehoahaz whom the people had raised to the throne as Josiah's successor, and carried him to Egypt, after having substituted Eliakim, the elder brother of Jehoahaz, and made him his vassal-king, under the name of Jehoiakim. When he had thus laid Judah under tribute, he advanced farther into Syria, towards the Euphrates, and had reached Carchemish on that river, as is stated in this vers; there his army was defeated by Nebuchadnezzar, in the fourth year of of reign of Jehoiakim (606 B.C.) (2 Kings 23:29). (KD, vol 4, pages 177-178)