In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah
king of Judah
So that the prophecy of this chapter, and the facts and events connected with it, were before the prophecy of the preceding chapter, though here related; that being in the fourth year, this in the beginning of Jehoiakim's reign. Josiah was lately dead; Jehoahaz his son reigned but three months, and then was deposed by Pharaohnecho king of Egypt; and this Jehoiakim, another son of Josiah, who before was called Eliakim, was set on the throne; and quickly after his coming to it came this word from the Lord, saying;
as follows, to the prophet. This was in the year of the world 3394, and before Christ 610, according to Bishop Usher F1; with whom agree Mr, Whiston F2, and the authors of the Uersal History F3.
F1 Annales Vet. Test. p. 118.
F2 Chronological Tables, cent. 9.
F3 Vol. 21. p. 58.