“which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim.” The Egyptians had controlled Palestine until their defeat at Carchemish (605 BC). After defeating the Egyptians, Nebuchadnezzar came to Judah and Jerusalem and carried captives back to Babylon. Daniel was one of those first captives taken to Babylon in what is commonly called the “Babylonian Captivity.” The Babylonian Captivity was actually a series of captivities in which people were taken captive to Babylon. Ezekiel was taken captive to Babylon in the second major wave of the Babylonian Captivity (see commentary on Ezek. 1:2).