Babylonian Dominance Foretold

25: 1-28

605 BC during the eleven-year reign of Jehoiakim

This is an odd and unexpected unit in the book of Jeremiah. We have encountered nothing like it before here. It is a sustained and relentless announcement of YHVH's judgment upon all the nations on the earth – even upon Babylon, who was regarded in most of the book to be ADONAI’s agent. Now the one who has been God’s agent stands under God’s judgment.198 After seventy years of dominance (see Gu – Seventy Years of Imperial Babylonian Rule), Ha’Shem would punish the Babylonians and the Gentile nations because of the guilt they had incurred. Judgment of Babylon, moreover, would be hopeful news of rescue for Judah.

 

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