The death of 185,000 Assyrians (2 Kings 19:35-19:35)

“That very night the angel of Yahweh set out and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. When morning dawned, they were all dead bodies.”

Wow! This is an amazing number, even greater than the Egyptian plagues. The angel of Yahweh at the time of the Exodus killed the children of Egypt. Here it is the warriors of Assyria. That is a lot of people, 185,000, to die in 1night. Herodotus the Greek historian noted that the Assyrians were defeated at the Egyptian borders when mice ate their bowstrings. Mice could have brought the plague, but to kill everyone in one night seems a bit much.


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