Josiah battles Egyptian King Neco II
Egypt, under the able leadership of Pharaoh Necho, was determined to wage war against Assyria. The Egyptian army marched north-eastward, planning to attack the Assyrian army. King Josiah decided to oppose the advance of the Egyptians, despite the objections and warnings of the Prophet Jeremiah. The King of Egypt assured Josiah that he had no designs upon Judea’s independence, and requested free peaceful transit through the land. But the request was refused. In the plains of Meggido the two armies met and Judea’s troops were mercilessly crushed.
King Josiah himself was wounded and brought back to Jerusalem. There he died, deeply mourned by the entire people.