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    ASSHUR

    “Out of that land [of Shinar, Babel] went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, and Resen, between Nineveh and Calah. Genesis 10:11, 12. And such was the origin of the great Assyrian nation and kingdom, whose kings are so often mentioned in the Bible, and that soon grew into an empire which, through Tiglath-pileser, Shalmaneser, Sargon, Sennacherib, Esar-haddon, and Asshur-bani-pal, ruled all the nations. “Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field. Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his brandies became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth. All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations:” Ezekiel 31:3-6. This great empire continued till b. c. 609, when Media, Babylon, and Egypt-Cyaxares, Nabopolassar, and Pharaoh-necho-allied themselves together in a revolt and destroyed it; and the Great Babylonian Empire of Nebuchadnezzar was soon established in its stead. From Asshur came the longest succession of great conquerors in the history of any nation except Rome. As a nation Assyria was independent for more than a thousand years, and maintained an Imperial supremacy for seven hundred years.POTE 291.2

    The third in the list, but the first of the sons of Shem isPOTE 292.1

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