Chokhmah understood the logic of the Assyrian policy of relocation from their point of view. It was an effective way of dealing with nationalism. But she had told Abraham a large nation would spring from his loins and she would not be held faithless in her Covenant with him.
So Chokhmah exercised her option to bring colonists to Heaven. It was an arrangement she had hammered out with Keter when the father of the Israelites was yet living in the household of his own father, Yishak. They were constrained to settle Haaretz west of the Wall of God.
The price of the arrangement was that every ‘agent’ (Keter’s word) that Chokhmah brought to Heaven could be matched by one of his own brought to the worlds circling her at a time of his choosing. But Chokmah, in turn, insisted they must only settle in the outer solar system.
Chokhmah sent angels to choose righteous families from among the tribe of Ephraim. They built the city of Hadal far in the northeast of Haaretz, in a cool vale between Shaula Wood and the very face of the Wall of God. Hadal became the leading city in the kingdom of Nath.
The Levites were forbidden by Father Yakob to ever own land in a tradition that had been heartily affirmed by the other tribes, but this was set aside in Heaven since the colonists did not possess the Ark of the Covenant and the priestly ministry that went along with it.
So the tribe of Levi founded Adjara on the western edge of the Shaula Wood. It became a great crossroads in the land and the center of a weapons craft that rivaled that of the Black Beards. In time the heavenly Temple of Yahweh would be constructed in the heart of the city.
The Reubenites built Mizal near Mount Narutha but the lee of the uplands was dry and impoverished. Ever they struck north against the Red Beards of Linan for the rich fruit of the orchards round about that city, and stole much cattle. At length the newcomers prevailed.
The tribe of Gad founded their city of Kabark on a plain that also lacked for water. So they built a mighty dam of cunning stonework across the river Armak and dug many canals and ditches fanning from the resulting lake to water lush farms that became the envy of Haaretz.
The tribe of Dan built the city of Fatho at the foot of the Wall of God where many natural caves lay. The Danites delved deep with pick and spade to reap precious stones and much gold.
And these five tribes comprised the Kingdom of Nath in the north and east of Haaretz.
The colonists Chokhmah transplanted from among the tribe of Issachar were settled in the Nyduly forest. This wood stretched along the southern bank of the river Sabik. The people grew skilled in felling and shaping timber, and they excelled in all manner of woodcraft.
The tribe of Zebulun settled far up the vale of the Nanki on the road between the Saiph League and the kingdom of Nath. There caravans transferred their goods to rafts fashioned from logs felled from the endless forests of pine blanketing the foothills of the Wall of God.
At the midpoint of its long course the river Nanki tumbled over a series of cataracts that would dash any cargo-carrying rafts to splinters. Here the tribe of Asher portaged the goods to new rafts made from the same logs sent individually down sluices to below the falls.
Descendants of Naphtali built Wazol at the very source of the river Sabik, and 19,000 vertical feet of the stone Wall of God fairly loomed over it. Here the Catwalk of legend touched bottom. The mines of Wazol offered much iron ore, and well as the coal used to smelt it.
Refugees taken from the tribe of Manessah built Menkant in the valley of the upper Sabik between Mount Rasal and Mount Menkant. Their settlement grew to become the leading city among the five tribes in the south of Haaretz. In time these became the kingdom of Hamar.
When Jezebel, daughter of King of Tyre and wife of King Ahab, brought priests of Baal into Samaria, none of these priests were allowed to enter Judah during the whole thirty-five reign of King Jeshoshaphat. He also set up a court of appeals in Jerusalem to watch over judges.
Jehoram was thirty-two years of age when he became king of Judah, and he reigned for eight years in Jerusalem. Athaliah, the daughter of King Ahab of Samaria, became his wife. During the reign of Jehoram, Edom, a vassal province of Judah, revolted and named their own king.
After the death of her son, Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah, had the entire royal line murdered except Joash, who was an infant spirited away by Jehosheba the sister of Ahaziah. For six years Joash remained hidden in the temple of Yahweh while Athaliah ruled Judah.
Athaliah introduced the worship of Baal to Judah but she was killed seven years later in a coup orchestrated by the high priest Jehoiada, the husband of Jeho-Sheba. Then Joash, who was only seven years of age, was proclaimed king of Judah in 837 BCE.
Uzziah ascended to the throne of Judah when he was sixteen years of age. He restored Jerusalem to its earlier glory and built up many new orchards and farms across the land. And Uzziah reconquered territory in the Negev desert region long lost to the house of Judah.
Uzziah also regained control of Edom. But near the end of his life Uzziah became a leper and retired to a house apart from the palace while his son Jotham ruled Judah as a coregent. But Jotham was deposed by a faction that favored his son Ahaz, who was twenty years of age.
Ahaz reigned while Samaria was slowly dismantled by Sargon II. The capital city of Jerusalem survived a combined siege by the Arameans and a Samaria in vassalage. Simultaneously, however, the Edomites conquered the Red Sea town of Elath and drove the Judeans out of it.
Ahaz then paid the Assyrians to attack the Arameans. The Assyrians seized Damascus and put King Rezin to death. King Ahaz caused a copy of the pagan altar of bronze oxen he had seen in occupied Damascus to be constructed in Jerusalem, thus reintroducing polytheism to Judah.
King Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he began to reign. He removed every vestige of polytheism in Judah, removing the bronze idols of Ahaz, and even tore down the high places, the hilltop shrines to Canaanite gods, that had existed under every king since Rehoboam.
Hezekiah refused to serve the Assyrian king Sennacherib the son of Sargon II who conquered Samaria. Sennacherib therefore laid siege to Jerusalem and forced Hezekiah to pay a tribute of thirty talents of gold, eight hundred talents of silver, gems, antimony, and many jewels.
Also sent to King Sennacherib in Nineveh was carnelian, couches and chairs inlaid with ivory, elephant hides and tusks, ebony, boxwood, and other rich treasures, along with all of King Hezekiah’s daughters, his wives, his musicians, and many servants, both men and women.
A chastened King Hezekiah constructed a underground aqueduct to bring fresh water to the Pool of Siloam inside the city as preparation against a future siege. Chokhmah chose the pool to be the normal point of entry when she brought servants on errands from Heaven to Earth.
When the Egyptian Pharaoh Neco led his army toward the River Euphrates to link up with the Assyrian Empire, King Josiah went out to confront him, but he was slain on the plains of Megiddo. Josiah’s son Jehoahaz succeeded him, but he reigned only three months in Jerusalem.
The Pharaoh took him captive at Riblah in the land of Hamath and demanded from Judah a tribute of much silver and gold. King Jehoahaz died in captivity in Egypt, the first king of Judah to die in exile. Neco then appointed Eliakim, another son of Josiah, as king of Judah.
Eliakim changed his name to Jehoiakim. After his defeat at the hands of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II and serving as his vassal for three years, King Jehoiakim revolted against Babylon. But he died before the armies of his Levantine allies could reach Jerusalem.
At this time Chokhmah withdrew the Ark of the Covenant from the temple in Jerusalem lest it fell into the hands of the Babylonians. A fellow named Jeremiah made a name for himself stating the obvious thing Chokhmah had seen, that Jerusalem was about to come under attack.