When King David died, the throne of Israel passed on to his son Solomon. In the years that followed, the nation emerged as the region’s most dominant kingdom. The biblical account, found in1 Kings 3-10, describes Israel’s unparalleled prosperity, peace and international influence. “Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry” (1 Kings 4:20).
During the last days of the kingdom of Judah, the Prophet Jeremiah warned the residents of Jerusalem of their impending captivity at the hands of the Babylonian army. Instead of heeding that warning message, the princes of King Zedekiah’s administration attacked the messenger and cast him into a miry dungeon (Jeremiah 38:1-6).