Jeremiah 25:11 Index
"And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years."
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"...a desolation, and an astonishment..."

  • Literally, "a horror." (Jeremiah 5:30). (4BC 446)
  • In the fourth year of Jehoiakim” (Jeremiah 25:1), very soon after Daniel was taken to Babylon, Jeremiah [foretold] the captivity of many of the Jews, as their punishment for not heeding the Word of the Lord. The Chaldeans were to be used as the instrument by which God would chastise His disobedient people. Their punishment was to be in proportion to their intelligence and to the warnings they had despised. “This whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment,” the prophet declared; “and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon¬†seventy years" (Jeremiah 25:11). "And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations” (Jeremiah 25:12). (4BC 1158)

"...shall serve... Babylon seventy years."

  • This mention of the 70-year period includes the nations immediately surrounding Judah, whereas Jeremiah 29:10 refers to the captivity of Judah only. However, the LXX renders this last clause, "and they shall serve among the Gentiles seventy years," which agrees with Jeremiah 29:10 in applying the 70 years to the Jews only.
    • The period of 70 years has generally been equated with the 70-year period of Jewish captivity (Jeremiah 29:10). Both of these periods may be reckoned from 605 B.C., to 536 B.C., inclusive. (4BC 446)