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Jer 45:1

“he wrote these words spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah.” This shows how the Book of Jeremiah was written: Jeremiah dictated to Baruch the scribe.

“in the fourth year of Jehoiakim.” That is likely 605 BC, but due to the fact that the Judean calendar that Jeremiah was using was based on the New Year beginning on Nisan 1, and the Judean year was different from our years, it could also have been 604 BC. So this event occurred somewhere between April 605 BC and April 604 BC. That means that Jeremiah 45 predates Jeremiah 44 by about 20 years (most likely 19 years).

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Jer 45:5

“Are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek them!” Baruch was a professional scribe and thus made a good living for himself. He wanted to better his life, but God told him not to get invested in material things. God foresaw the coming of the Babylonians and the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem, and Baruch would only have lost all he had built for himself.

“your life I will give to you as the spoils of war.” For more on this idiom, see commentary on Jeremiah 39:18.

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