to fight with the Medes and Babylonians, who had overthrown
the dominion of the Assyrians, This is a remarkable passage of chronology in Josephus, that about the
latter end of the reign of Josiah, the Medes and Babylonians overthrew
the empire of the Assyrians; or, in the words of Tobit's continuator, that
"before Tobias died, he heard of the destruction of Nineveh, which
was taken by Nebuchodonosor the Babylonian, and Assuerus the Mede,"
Tob. 14:15. See Dean Prideaux's Connexion, at the year 612.
for he had a desire to reign over Asia. Now when he was come to the city
Mendes, which belonged to the kingdom of Josiah, he brought an army to
hinder him from passing through his own country, in his expedition against
the Medes. Now Neco sent a herald to Josiah, and told him that he did not
make this expedition against him, but was making haste to Euphrates; and
desired that he would not provoke him to fight against him, because he
obstructed his march to the place whither he had resolved t