Chaldea (Chaldees)
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Chaldea (Chaldees)
Bible Meaning: Clodbreakers
Strong's Concordance #H3778

Strictly speaking, the Chaldees (Chaldea) was a tract of territory located on the northwest end of the Persian Gulf. It sometimes, in the Bible, included the whole of Babylonia. Ur of the Chaldees is the city where Abraham (Abram) grew up and lived in until the age of seventy.

Those in Chaldea, under King Nebuchadnezzar, helped build the Neo-Babylonian world empire that lasted only for a relatively short period of time (612 to 539 B.C.).

Important Verses

Genesis 11:28
And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees (Chaldea).

Genesis 11:31
And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife: and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees (Chaldea), to go into the land of Canaan: and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

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Genesis 15:7
And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

2Kings 25:13
And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the Lord, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the Lord, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Babylon.

Jeremiah 50:10
And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 51:24
And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 51:33 - 35
For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her . . . Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel,

The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say: and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.

Ezekiel 11:24 - 25
Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me.

Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the Lord had shewed me.

Ezekiel 23:15 - 16
Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity.

And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

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