The Euphrates near Syria

The Euphrates River was one of four rivers that flowed from Eden.[1] Today it runs through Iraq but it is unknown if this is the same river described in Genesis as it was pre-Flood.

The river was also the norther boarder of the nation of Israel as the land was promised to Abram "from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.[2]

The prophet Jeremiah was told by the Lord to buy a loincloth, go the the Euphrates, and hide it in a cleft of the rock. Later he was told to retrieve it and use it as a visual aid to the tribe of Judah of how they have been spoiled.[3]

The river Euphrates was also location of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt's crushing defeat to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah.[4]

Jeremiah wrote a book of all the disaster that would come upon Babylon and read it to Seraiah when he went edekiah king of Judah to Babylon. After reading the book to him, Jeremiah tied it to stone and threw it into the Euphrates and said, "Thus shall Babylon sink, to rise no more."[5]

In the apocalyptic book of Revelation the sixth trumpet angel is commanded to "release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."[6] Also in Revelation the sixth bowl angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates drying up the water to prepare the way for the kings of the east to march to Armageddon.[7]


  1. Genesis 2:14
  2. Genesis 15:18
  3. Jeremiah 13:1-11
  4. Jeremiah 46:2
  5. Jeremiah 51:59-64
  6. Revelation 9:14
  7. Revelation 16:12