Jeremiah 25:1 Index
"The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;"
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" . . . in the fourth year of Jehoiakim . . . "

  • The message of (Jeremiah 25) is definitely placed in the year immediately following the taking of the first Jewish captives to Babylon (Daniel 1:1). This message given in the 4th year of Jehoiakim (605/604 B.C.), would seem to have preceded the prophet's parable of the potter's vessel (Jeremiah 18; Jeremiah 19; PK 431). (4BC 445)

" . . . the first year . . . "

  • Nebuchadnezzar succeeded to his father's throne in the summer of 605 B.C., which would be his accession year. His year 1 would be the next full calendar year, beginning, by Jewish reckoning, in the fall of 605 B.C., and in the Babylonian calendar in the spring of 604 B.C. (4BC 445)

" . . . Nebuchadrezzar . . . " (Jeremiah 21:2)