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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Books of Chronicles

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1 Genealogy of Adam (1Ch1:1-27)
  2 Genealogy of Abraham (1Ch1:28-34)
    3 Kings in Edom (1Ch1:35-54)
      4 Genealogy of children of Israel (1Ch2:1-1Ch8:40)
        5 Genealogy of Israel after the captivity (1Ch9:1-44)
          6 Death of Saul and his sons (1Ch10:1-14)
            7 David anointed king of all Israel (1Ch11:1-3)
              8 Jerusalem (1Ch11:4-9)
                9 David's mighty men (1Ch11:10-47)
                  10 David's followers in the wilderness (1Ch12:1-22)
                    11 David's army at Hebron (1Ch12:23-41)
                      12 The Ark brought from Kiriath-jearim (1Ch13:1-14)
                        13 Envoys of Hiram (1Ch14:1-2)
                          14 David's sons (1Ch14:3-7)
                            15 Defeat of the Philistines (1Ch14:8-17)
                              16 The Ark brought to Jerusalem (1Ch15:1-24)
                                17 The Ark placed in the tent (1Ch15:25-1Ch16:7)
                                  18 David's psalm of thanksgiving (1Ch16:8-36)
                                    19 Regular worship maintained (1Ch16:37-45)
                                      20 God's covenant with David (1Ch17:1-15)
                                        21 David's prayer (1Ch17:16-27)
                                          22 Wars against foreign countries (1Ch18:1-13)
                                            23 David's administration (1Ch18:14-17)
                                              24 Defeats of Ammonites and Arameans (1Ch19:1-19)
                                                25 Siege and capture of Rabbah (1Ch20:1-3)
                                                  26 Wars against Rapha (1Ch20:4-8)
                                                    27 The census and plague (1Ch21:1-30)
                                                      28 David prepares to build the temple (1Ch22:1-19)
                                                        29 Families of the Levites and their functions (1Ch23:1-1Ch27:34)
                                                          30 Solomon instructed to build the temple (1Ch28:1-21)
                                                            31 Offerings for building the temple (1Ch29:1-20)
                                                              32 Solomon anointed King (1Ch29:21-25)
                                                                33 Reign of David (1Ch29:26-30)
                                                                  34 Solomon's wisdom (2Ch1:1-17)
                                                                    35 Preparation for building the temple (2Ch1:18-2Ch2:17)
                                                                      36 Solomon build the temple (2Ch3:1-2Ch4:22)
                                                                        37 The ark brought into the temple (2Ch5:1-2Ch6:2)
                                                                          38 Dedication of the temple (2Ch6:3-11)
                                                                            39 Solomon's prayer of dedication (2Ch6:12-42)
                                                                              40 Solomon dedicates the temple (2Ch7:1-11)
                                                                                41 The words of the LORD (2Ch7:12-22)
                                                                              42 Solomon's great wealth (2Ch8:1-18)
                                                                            43 The queen of Sheba (2Ch9:1-12)
                                                                          44 Solomon's great wealth (2Ch9:13-31)
                                                                        45 The revolt against Rehoboam (2Ch10:1-19)
                                                                      46 Political measures of Rehoboam (2Ch11:1-17)
                                                                    47 Rehoboam's marriages (2Ch11:18-23)
                                                                  48 Egypt attacks Judah (2Ch12:1-12)
                                                                49 Reign of Rehoboam (2Ch12:13-16)
                                                              50 Abijah (2Ch13:1-22)
                                                            51 Asa (2Ch13:23-2Ch14:6)
                                                          52 Ethiopian invasion repulsed (2Ch14:7-14)
                                                        53 The Reforms of Asa (2Ch15:1-19)
                                                      54 Invasion of Israel (2Ch16:1-14)
                                                    55 Jehoshaphat (2Ch17:1-19)
                                                  56 Prophecy of Micaiah (2Ch18:1-34)
                                                57 The Reforms of Jehoshaphat (2Ch19:1-11)
                                              58 Invasion from the east (2Ch20:1-30)
                                            59 Reign of Jehoshaphat (2Ch20:31-37)
                                          60 Jehoram killed his brothers (2Ch21:1-4)
                                        61 Jehoram (2Ch21:5-20)
                                      62 Ahaziah (2Ch22:1-9)
                                    63 Athaliah seizes the throne (2Ch22:10-12)
                                  64 Athaliah (2Ch23:1-21)
                                65 The Reforms of Joash (2Ch24:1-16)
                              66 Apostasy of Joash (2Ch24:17-27)
                            67 Amaziah (2Ch25:1-2Ch26:2)
                          68 Uzziah (2Ch26:3-23)
                        69 Jotham (2Ch27:1-9)
                      70 Ahaz (2Ch28:1-27)
                    71 Hezekiah (2Ch29:1-2Ch31:21)
                  72 Sennacherib's invasion (2Ch32:1-33)
                73 Manasseh (2Ch33:1-20)
              74 Amon (2Ch33:21-25)
            75 Josiah (2Ch34:1-2Ch35:19)
          76 Neco's invasion (2Ch35:20-27_2Ch36:1)
        77 Jehoahaz (2Ch36:2-4)
      78 Jehoiakim (2Ch36:5-8)
    79 Jehoiachin (2Ch36:9-10)
  80 Zedekiah (2Ch36:11-21)
81 Cyrus (2Ch36:22-23)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Genealogy of Adam (1Ch1:1-27)
Genealogy of Adam
People of the LORD81 Cyrus (2Ch36:22-23)
2Ch36:23 Whoeve among you belongs to any part of his people, let him go up, and may his God be with him! (2Ch36:23)
2 Genealogy of Abraham (1Ch1:28-34)
Genealogy of Abraham
Ancestors80 Zedekiah (2Ch36:11-21)
2Ch36:15 Early and often did the LORD, the God of their fathers, send his messengers to them, for he had compassion on his people and his dwelling place. (2Ch36:15)
3 Kings in Edom (1Ch1:35-54)
1Ch1:43 before they had Israelite kings (1Ch1:43)
Absence of a king79 Jehoiachin (2Ch36:9-10)
2Ch36:10 At the turn of the year, King Nebuchadnezzar sent for him and had him brought to Babylon (2Ch36:10)
4 Genealogy of children of Israel (1Ch2:1-1Ch8:40)
1Ch5:41 Jehozadak was one of those who went into the exile which the LORD inflicted on Judah and Jerusalem through Nebuchadnezzar.(1Ch5:41)
Captivity78 Jehoiakim (2Ch36:5-8)
2Ch36:6 Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came up against him and bound him with chains to take him to Babylon.(2Ch36:6)
5 Genealogy of Israel after the captivity (1Ch9:1-44)
1Ch9:1 Now Judah had been carried in captivity to Babylon because of its rebellio (1Ch9:1)
Captivity77 Jehoahaz (2Ch36:2-4)
2Ch36:4 Neco took his brother Jehoahaz away and brought him to Egypt. (2Ch36:4)
6 Death of Saul and his sons (1Ch10:1-14)
Defeat of Saul
Defeat of kings76 Neco's invasion (2Ch35:20-27_2Ch36:1)
Defeat of Josiah
7 David anointed king of all Israel (1Ch11:1-3)
1Ch11:3 David made a covenant with them in the presence of the LORD (1Ch11:3)
Covenant75 Josiah (2Ch34:1-2Ch35:19)
2Ch34:31 Standing at his post, the king made a covenant before the LORD to follow the LORD and to keep his commandments, decrees, and statutes with his whole heart and soul, thus observing the terms of the covenant written in this book.(2Ch34:31)
8 Jerusalem (1Ch11:4-9)
1Ch11:5 David nevertheless captured the fortress of Zion, which is the City of David.(1Ch11:5)
Battles at Jerusalem74 Amon (2Ch33:21-25)
2Ch33:24 His servants conspired against him and put him to death in his own house. (2Ch33:24)
9 David's mighty men (1Ch11:10-47)
Conversion of David
Conversion of kings73 Manasseh (2Ch33:1-20)
Conversion of Manasseh
10 David's followers in the wilderness (1Ch12:1-22)
1Ch12:1 The following men came to David in Ziklag (1Ch12:1)
To come to kings72 Sennacherib's invasion (2Ch32:1-33)
2Ch32:23 Many brought gifts for the LORD to Jerusalem and costly objects for King Hezekiah of Judah (2Ch32:23)
11 David's army at Hebron (1Ch12:23-41)
1Ch12:41 For there was rejoicing in Israel.(1Ch12:41)
Celebration71 Hezekiah (2Ch29:1-2Ch31:21)
2Ch30:21 Thus the Israelites who were in Jerusalem celebrated the feast of Unleavened Bread with great rejoicing for seven days(2Ch30:21)
12 The Ark brought from Kiriath-jearim (1Ch13:1-14)
1Ch13:10 Then the LORD became angry with Uzzah and struck him (1Ch13:10)
Wrath of the LORD70 Ahaz (2Ch28:1-27)
2Ch28:9 It was because the LORD, the God of your fathers, was angry with Juda (2Ch28:9)
13 Envoys of Hiram (1Ch14:1-2)
1Ch14:1 Hiram, king of Tyre, sent envoys to David along with masons and carpenters, and cedar wood to build him a house. (1Ch14:1)
Construction69 Jotham (2Ch27:1-9)
2Ch27:3 He built the upper gate of the LORD'S house and had much construction done on the wall of Ophel. (2Ch27:3)
14 David's sons (1Ch14:3-7)
Davids sons
Children of kings68 Uzziah (2Ch26:3-23)
2Ch26:21 Therefore his son Jotham was regent of the palace and ruled the people of the land. (2Ch26:21)
15 Defeat of the Philistines (1Ch14:8-17)
1Ch14:10 David inquired of God, "Shall I advance against the Philistines, and will you deliver them into my power?" The LORD answered him, "Advance, for I will deliver them into your power." (1Ch14:10)
Wars and prophecies67 Amaziah (2Ch25:1-2Ch26:2)
2Ch25:15 Then the anger of the LORD blazed out against Amaziah, and he sent a prophet to him who said: "Why have you had recourse to this people's gods that could not save their own people from your hand?" (2Ch25:15)
16 The Ark brought to Jerusalem (1Ch15:1-24)
1Ch15:13 Because you were not with us the first time, the wrath of the LORD our God burst upon us, for we did not seek him aright. (1Ch15:13)
Punishments66 Apostasy of Joash (2Ch24:17-27)
2Ch24:24 Though the Aramean force came with few men, the LORD surrendered a very large force into their power, because Judah had abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers. So punishment was meted out to Joash. (2Ch24:24)
17 The Ark placed in the tent (1Ch15:25-1Ch16:7)
1Ch16:1 They brought in the ark of God and set it within the tent which David had pitched for it. (1Ch16:1)
Restoration of the temple65 The Reforms of Joash (2Ch24:1-16)
2Ch24:13 They restored the house of God according to its original form, and reinforced it. (2Ch24:13)
18 David's psalm of thanksgiving (1Ch16:8-36)
1Ch16:15 He remembers forever his covenant which he made binding for a thousand generations-- (1Ch16:15)
Covenant64 Athaliah (2Ch23:1-21)
2Ch23:16 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between himself and all the people and the king, that they should be the LORD'S people. (2Ch23:16)
19 Regular worship maintained (1Ch16:37-45)
1Ch16:43 David returned to bless his household (1Ch16:43)
Royal family63 Athaliah seizes the throne (2Ch22:10-12)
2Ch22:10 When Athaliah, mother of Ahaziah, learned that her son was dead, she proceeded to kill off all the royal offspring of the house of Judah. (2Ch22:10)
20 God's covenant with David (1Ch17:1-15)
1Ch17:11 so that when your days have been completed and you must join your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you who will be one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. (1Ch17:11)
Royal family62 Ahaziah (2Ch22:1-9)
2Ch22:7 Now it was willed by God for Ahaziah's downfall that he should join Jehoram, for after his arrival he rode out with Jehoram to Jehu, son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut down the house of Ahab.(2Ch22:7)
21 David's prayer (1Ch17:16-27)
1Ch17:27 and since you have deigned to bless the house of your servant, so that it will remain forever--since it is you, O LORD, who blessed it, it is blessed forever.(1Ch17:27)
Blessing and curse for kings61 Jehoram (2Ch21:5-20)
2Ch21:14 the LORD will strike your people, your children, your wives, and all that is yours with a great plague; (2Ch21:14)
22 Wars against foreign countries (1Ch18:1-13)
1Ch18:10 He also sent David gold, silver and bronze utensils of every sort. (1Ch18:10)
To give treasures60 Jehoram killed his brothers (2Ch21:1-4)
2Ch21:3 Their father gave them numerous gifts of silver, gold and precious objects, together with fortified cities in Judah, (2Ch21:3)
23 David's administration (1Ch18:14-17)
1Ch18:14 David reigned over all Israel and dispensed justice and right to all his people. (1Ch18:14)
Reign of kings59 Reign of Jehoshaphat (2Ch20:31-37)
2Ch20:31 Thus Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. (2Ch20:31)
24 Defeats of Ammonites and Arameans (1Ch19:1-19)
1Ch19:15 And when the Ammonites saw that the Arameans had fled, they also took to flight before his brother Abishai, and reentered the city. (1Ch19:15)
Wars against Ammonites58 Invasion from the east (2Ch20:1-30)
2Ch20:1 After this the Moabites, the Ammonites, and with them some Meunites came to fight against Jehoshaphat.(2Ch20:1)
25 Siege and capture of Rabbah (1Ch20:1-3)
1Ch20:3 Then he and his whole army returned to Jerusalem. (1Ch20:3)
Return to Jerusalem57 The Reforms of Jehoshaphat (2Ch19:1-11)
2Ch19:8 Jehoshaphat also appointed some of the Levites, priests and heads of Israelite families in Jerusalem to settle disputes. They lived in Jerusalem (2Ch19:8)
26 Wars against Rapha (1Ch20:4-8)
Wars against Rapha
Wars against foreign countries56 Prophecy of Micaiah (2Ch18:1-34)
Wars against Arameans
27 The census and plague (1Ch21:1-30)
1Ch21:5 Joab reported the result of the census to David: of men capable of wielding a sword, there were in all Israel one million one hundred thousand, and in Judah four hundred and seventy thousand. (1Ch21:5)
Number of soldiers55 Jehoshaphat (2Ch17:1-19)
2Ch17:14 This was their mustering according to their ancestral houses. Of Judah, the commanders of thousands: Adnah the commander, and with him three hundred thousand valiant warriors. (2Ch17:14)
28 David prepares to build the temple (1Ch22:1-19)
1Ch22:14 See, with great effort I have laid up for the house of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron in such great quantities that they cannot be weighed. I have also stored up wood and stones, to which you must add.(1Ch22:14)
Silver and gold54 Invasion of Israel (2Ch16:1-14)
2Ch16:2 Asa then brought out silver and gold from the treasuries of the temple of the LORD and of the royal palace and sent them to Ben-hadad, king of Aram, who lived in Damascus, with this message: (2Ch16:2)
29 Families of the Levites and their functions (1Ch23:1-1Ch27:34)
1Ch27:1 This is the list of the Israelite family heads (1Ch27:1)
People of Israel53 The Reforms of Asa (2Ch15:1-19)
2Ch15:9 Then he convened all Judah and Benjamin, together with those of Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who sojourned with them; for many had fled to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD, his God, was with him. (2Ch15:9)
30 Solomon instructed to build the temple (1Ch28:1-21)
1Ch28:3 But God said to me, 'You may not build a house in my honor, for you are a man who fought wars and shed blood.' (1Ch28:3)
Wars52 Ethiopian invasion repulsed (2Ch14:7-14)
2Ch14:12 Asa and those with him pursued them as far as Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until there were no survivors, for they were crushed before the LORD and his army, which carried away enormous spoils. (2Ch14:12)
31 Offerings for building the temple (1Ch29:1-20)
Offerings for building the temple
Reforms of rituals51 Asa (2Ch13:23-2Ch14:6)
2Ch14:2 removing the heathen altars and the high places, breaking to pieces the sacred pillars, and cutting down the sacred poles. (2Ch14:2)
32 Solomon anointed King (1Ch29:21-25)
1Ch29:23 Thereafter Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king in place of his father David; he prospered, and all Israel obeyed him.(1Ch29:23)
Kingship of David50 Abijah (2Ch13:1-22)
2Ch13:5 Do you not know that the LORD, the God of Israel, has given the kingdom of Israel to David forever, to him and to his sons, by a covenant made in salt? (2Ch13:5)
33 Reign of David (1Ch29:26-30)
Reign of David
Reign of kings49 Reign of Rehoboam (2Ch12:13-16)
Reign of Rehoboam
34 Solomon's wisdom (2Ch1:1-17)
2Ch1:12 wisdom and knowledge are given you; but I will also give you riches, treasures and glory, such as kings before you never had, nor will those have them who come after you. (2Ch1:12)
Lord grant a wish48 Egypt attacks Judah (2Ch12:1-12)
2Ch12:7 Because they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them; I will give them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem through Shishak. (2Ch12:7)
35 Preparation for building the temple (2Ch1:18-2Ch2:17)
2Ch2:11 He added: "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, for having given King David a wise son of intelligence and understanding, who will build a house for the LORD and also a house for his royal estate. (2Ch2:11)
Children of kings47 Rehoboam's marriages (2Ch11:18-23)
2Ch11:22 Rehoboam constituted Abijah, son of Maacah, commander among his brothers, for he intended to make him king. (2Ch11:22)
36 Solomon build the temple (2Ch3:1-2Ch4:22)
2Ch3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah (2Ch3:1)
Construction46 Political measures of Rehoboam (2Ch11:1-17)
2Ch11:5 Rehoboam took up residence in Jerusalem and built fortified cities in Judah.(2Ch11:5)
37 The ark brought into the temple (2Ch5:1-2Ch6:2)
2Ch5:3 All the men of Israel assembled before the king during the festival of the seventh month. (2Ch5:3)
The people gathered45 The revolt against Rehoboam (2Ch10:1-19)
2Ch10:1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to proclaim him king.(2Ch10:1)
38 Dedication of the temple (2Ch6:3-11)
2Ch6:5 Since the day I brought my people out of the land of Egypt (2Ch6:5)
Egypt44 Solomon's great wealth (2Ch9:13-31)
2Ch9:28 Horses were imported for Solomon from Egypt and from all the lands.(2Ch9:28)
39 Solomon's prayer of dedication (2Ch6:12-42)
2Ch6:32 For the foreigner, too, who is not of your people Israel, when he comes from a distant land to honor your great name, your mighty power, and your outstretched arm, when they come in prayer to this temple, (2Ch6:32)
Visit of foreigners43 The queen of Sheba (2Ch9:1-12)
Visit of the queen of Sheba
40 Solomon dedicates the temple (2Ch7:1-11)
2Ch7:1 When Solomon had ended his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the holocaust and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house. (2Ch7:1)
Offerings42 Solomon's great wealth (2Ch8:1-18)
2Ch8:12 In those times Solomon offered holocausts to the LORD upon the altar of the LORD which he had built in front of the porch, (2Ch8:12)

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