On ‘The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth’

In taking an online course concerning the history of Jerusalem circa 8th century B.C.E. though to the 5th century B.C.E. when it was invaded and/or destroyed by Assyrians, Babylonian and Persians there was an illuminating historical point that emerged that served to explain some of the context that Jesus may have been informed with when he said that “the meek shall inherit the Earth”. During the period when Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judah, destroyed Jerusalem and depopulated the city carrying away the inhabitants to Babylon there was a remnant left in the city that were deemed by the Babylonian ruler to be harmless to there interests; poor Jews not affiliated with Jewish leadership or military power.


Poor and meek people that had been subjugated by advantaged classes were for a time left in Jerusalem to fend for themselves and perhaps maintain some services for occupying elements. One might infer today that when the devil claims his booty of worldly leaders, rich and powerful people, atheist swingers and schemers to their destiny just the poor and meek in spirit will remain to inherit the Earth.

Psalms 37:11 — “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

2nd Kings 25 verse 12-“But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.”

Jeremiah 40 verse 7

“7Now when all the captains of the forces which were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed unto him men, and women, and children, and of the poor of the land, of them that were not carried away captive to Babylon;”

Matthew 5 verses 3-12

“3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”






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