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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Book of Jeremiah

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5-1

1 Introduction (1:1-3)
  2 Jeremiah's call and commission (1:4-19)
    3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
      4 A call to repentance (3:6-13)
        5 Return to Zion (3:14-18)
          6 A call to repentance (3:19-4:4)
            7 Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened (4:5-31)
              8 The utter corruption of God's people (5:1-31)
                9 The imminence and horror of the invasion (6:1-30)
              10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
            11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
          12 The prophet perversity of the whole nation (8:4-9:5)
        13 The prophet mourns for the people (9:6-25)
      14 Idolatory has brought ruin on Israel (10:1-16)
    15 The coming exile (10:17-25)
  16 Israel and Judah have broken the covenant (11:1-17)
17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
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1 Introduction (1:1-3)
1:2 The word of the LORD first came to him in the days of Josiah, son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign,
Prophesy in the name of the LORD17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
11:21"Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD; else you shall die by our hand."
1 Introduction (1:1-3)
1:1 The words of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah, of a priestly family in Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin.
Anathoth17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
11:21 Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the men of Anathoth who seek your life,
2 Jeremiah's call and commission (1:4-19)
1:4 The word of the LORD came to me thus:
The word of the LORD comes16 Israel and Judah have broken the covenant (11:1-17)
11:1 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2 Jeremiah's call and commission (1:4-19)
1:16 I will pronounce my sentence against them for all their wickedness in forsaking me, And in burning incense to strange gods and adoring their own handiwork.
Burning incense to other gods16 Israel and Judah have broken the covenant (11:1-17)
11:12 Then the cities of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to which they have been offering incense. But these gods will give them no help whatever when misfortune strikes.
3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
2:5Went after empty idols, and became empty themselves?
Betrayal15 The coming exile (10:17-25)
10:21 the LORD they sought not (10:21)
4 A call to repentance (3:6-13)
3:9 Eager to sin, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and wood. (3:9)
Idolatry14 Idolatory has brought ruin on Israel (10:1-16)
10:8 these idols they teach about are wooden (10:8)
5 Return to Zion (3:14-18)
3:17and they will walk no longer in their hardhearted wickedness.
People don't listen to the LORD13 The prophet mourns for the people (9:6-25)
9:12Because they have abandoned my law, which I set before them, and have not followed it or listened to my voice,
6 A call to repentance (3:19-4:4)
3:22 Return, rebellious children, and I will cure you of your rebelling.
Rebellion and return12 The prophet perversity of the whole nation (8:4-9:5)
8:5 Why do these people rebel with obstinate resistance? Why do they cling to deceptive idols, refuse to turn back?
7 Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened (4:5-31)
4:11 At that time it will be said of this people and of Jerusalem, "From the glaring heights through the desert a wind comes toward the daughter of my people." Not to winnow, not to cleanse, 4:12 does this wind from the heights come at my bidding; And I myself now pronounce sentence upon them.
Judgment on Jerusalem11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
7:34 In the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem I will silence the cry of joy, the cry of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride;
7 Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened (4:5-31)
4:9The king will lose heart, and the princes; the priests will be amazed, and the prophets stunned.
Kings, princes, priests and prophets11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
8:1the bones of the kings and princes of Judah, the bones of the priests and the prophets, and the bones of the citizens of Jerusalem will be emptied out of their graves
8 The utter corruption of God's people (5:1-31)
5:28By advancing the claim of the fatherless or judging the cause of the poor.
Salvation for poor people10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
7:5 Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds; if each of you deals justly with his neighbor; 7:6 if you no longer oppress the resident alien, the orphan, and the widow; if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place, or follow strange gods to your own harm,
8 The utter corruption of God's people (5:1-31)
5:19"As you have forsaken me to serve strange gods in your own land, so shall you serve strangers in a land not your own."
Serving to other gods10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
7:9 Are you to steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal, go after strange gods that you know not,

5-1-1

1 Introduction (1:1-3)
  2 Jeremiah's call and commission (1:4-19)
    3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
      4 A call to repentance (3:6-13)
        5 Return to Zion (3:14-18)
      6 A call to repentance (3:19-4:4)
    7 Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened (4:5-31)
  8 The utter corruption of God's people (5:1-31)
9 The imminence and horror of the invasion (6:1-30)
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1 Introduction (1:1-3)
1:2 The word of the LORD first came to him in the days of Josiah, son of Amon, king of Judah,
The word of the LORD comes9 The imminence and horror of the invasion (6:1-30)
6:10See, the word of the LORD has become for them an object of scorn, which they will not have.
2 Jeremiah's call and commission (1:4-19)
1:9See, I place my words in your mouth!
Placing the words of the LORD in mouth of prophet8 The utter corruption of God's people (5:1-31)
5:14Behold, I make my words in your mouth,
3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
2:32 Does a virgin forget her jewelry, a bride her sash?
Woman dresses up7 Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened (4:5-31)
4:30 You now who are doomed, what do you mean by putting on purple, bedecking yourself with gold, Shading your eyes with cosmetics, beautifying yourself in vain?
4 A call to repentance (3:6-13)
3:7 And I thought, after she has done all this she will return to me.
Invitation to return6 A call to repentance (3:19-4:4)
3:22 Return, rebellious children, and I will cure you of your rebelling.

5-1-2

9 The imminence and horror of the invasion (6:1-30)
  10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
    11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
      12 The prophet perversity of the whole nation (8:4-9:5)
        13 The prophet mourns for the people (9:6-25)
      14 Idolatory has brought ruin on Israel (10:1-16)
    15 The coming exile (10:17-25)
  16 Israel and Judah have broken the covenant (11:1-17)
17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
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9 The imminence and horror of the invasion (6:1-30)
6:19 See, I bring evil upon this people, the fruit of their own schemes, Because they heeded not my words, because they despised my law.
Disaster as punishment17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
11:22I am going to punish them. The young men shall die by the sword; their sons and daughters shall die by famine. 11:23 None shall be spared among them, for I will bring misfortune upon the men of Anathoth, the year of their punishment.
10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
7:8 But here you are, putting your trust in deceitful words to your own loss!
Idols cannot help16 Israel and Judah have broken the covenant (11:1-17)
11:12 Then the cities of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to which they have been offering incense. But these gods will give them no help whatever when misfortune strikes.
10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
7:9 Are you to steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal, go after strange gods that you know not,
Idolatry16 Israel and Judah have broken the covenant (11:1-17)
11:13 For as numerous as your cities are your gods, O Judah! And as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars for offering sacrifice to Baal.
11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
7:20 See now, says the Lord GOD, my anger and my wrath will pour out upon this place, upon man and beast, upon the trees of the field and the fruits of the earth;
The wrath of the LORD15 The coming exile (10:17-25)
10:25 Pour out your wrath on the nations (10:25)
12 The prophet perversity of the whole nation (8:4-9:5)
8:19 Why do they provoke me with their idols, with their foreign nonentities? (8:19)
Idolatry14 Idolatory has brought ruin on Israel (10:1-16)
10:14 Every man is stupid, ignorant; every artisan is put to shame by his ido (10:14)

5-2

17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
  18 God replies to Jeremiah (12:7-17)
    19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
      20 Exile threatened (13:15-27)
        21 The great drought (14:1-22)
          22 Punishment is inevitable (15:1-9)
            23 Jeremiah complains again and is reassured (15:10-21)
              24 Jeremiah's celibacy and message (16:1-13)
                25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
              26 Judah's sin and punishment (17:1-13)
            27 Jeremiah prays for vindication (17:14-18)
          28 Hallow the sabbath day (17:19-27)
        29 The potter and the clay (18:1-17)
      30 A plot against Jeremiah (18:18-23)
    31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
  32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
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17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
11:21 Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the men of Anathoth who seek your life, saying, "Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD; else you shall die by our hand."
Persecution to prophet33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
20:8The word of the LORD has brought me derision and reproach all the day.
18 God replies to Jeremiah (12:7-17)
12:12 Upon every desert height brigands have come up. The LORD has a sword which consumes the land, from end to end: no peace for all mankind.
Destruction by sword32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
20:4Your own eyes shall see them fall by the sword of their enemies.
18 God replies to Jeremiah (12:7-17)
12:7 I abandon my house, cast off my heritage; The beloved of my soul I deliver into the hand of her foes.
Handed over to enemy32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
20:5 All the wealth of this city, all it has toiled for and holds dear, all the treasures of the kings of Judah, I will give as plunder into the hands of their foes,
19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
13:1 The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth; wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water.
Prophetic action31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
19:1 Thus said the LORD: Go, buy a potter's earthen flask. Take along some of the elders of the people and of the priests, 19:2 and go out toward the Valley of Ben-hinnom, at the entrance of the Potsherd Gate; there proclaim the words which I will speak to you: 19:3 Listen to the word of the LORD,
19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
13:14 I will dash them against each other, fathers and sons together, says the LORD;
Fighting each other31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
19:9 I will have them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters; they shall eat one anothers flesh during the strict siege by which their enemies and those who seek their lives will confine them.
20 Exile threatened (13:15-27)
13:15 Give ear, listen humbly, for the LORD speaks.
Listening to30 A plot against Jeremiah (18:18-23)
18:18let us carefully note his every word."
21 The great drought (14:1-22)
14:10The LORD has no pleasure in them; now he remembers their guilt, and will punish their sins.
Punishment of sin29 The potter and the clay (18:1-17)
18:7 Sometimes I threaten to uproot and tear down and destroy a nation or a kingdom.
21 The great drought (14:1-22)
14:3 The nobles send their servants for water, but when they come to the cisterns They find no water and return with empty jars. Ashamed, despairing, they cover their heads
Waters dry up29 The potter and the clay (18:1-17)
18:14 Does the snow of Lebanon desert the rocky heights? Do the gushing waters dry up that flow fresh down the mountains?
22 Punishment is inevitable (15:1-9)
15:7 I winnowed them with the fan in every city gate. I destroyed my people through bereavement; they returned not from their evil ways.
Destroying city gate28 Hallow the sabbath day (17:19-27)
17:27 But if you do not obey me and keep holy the sabbath, if you carry burdens and come through the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath, I will set unquenchable fire to its gates, which will consume the palaces of Jerusalem.
22 Punishment is inevitable (15:1-9)
15:6 You have disowned me, says the LORD, turned your back upon me;
People don't listen to the LORD28 Hallow the sabbath day (17:19-27)
17:23 though they did not listen or give ear, but stiffened their necks so as not to hear or take correction.
23 Jeremiah complains again and is reassured (15:10-21)
15:15Remember me, LORD, visit me, and avenge me on my persecutors.
Praying for revenge on persecutors27 Jeremiah prays for vindication (17:14-18)
17:18 Let my persecutors, not me, be confounded; let them, not me, be broken.
24 Jeremiah's celibacy and message (16:1-13)
16:10What is our crime? What sin have we committed against the LORD, our God?"--
Sin26 Judah's sin and punishment (17:1-13)
17:1 The sin of Judah is written with an iron stylus, Engraved with a diamond point upon the tablets of their hearts.(And the horns of their altars, 17:2 when their sons remember their altars and their sacred poles, beside the green trees, on the high hills,
24 Jeremiah's celibacy and message (16:1-13)
16:13 I will cast you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known;
Exile26 Judah's sin and punishment (17:1-13)
17:4 You will relinquish your hold on your heritage which I have given you. I will enslave you to your enemies in a land that you know not:

5-2-1

17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
  18 God replies to Jeremiah (12:7-17)
    19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
      20 Exile threatened (13:15-27)
        21 The great drought (14:1-22)
      22 Punishment is inevitable (15:1-9)
    23 Jeremiah complains again and is reassured (15:10-21)
  24 Jeremiah's celibacy and message (16:1-13)
25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
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17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
11:23for I will bring misfortune upon the men of Anathoth, the year of their punishment.
Punishment of the LORD25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
16:18 I will at once repay them double for their crime and their sin
18 God replies to Jeremiah (12:7-17)
12:7 I abandon my house, cast off my heritage; The beloved of my soul I deliver into the hand of her foes.
The LORD abandons people24 Jeremiah's celibacy and message (16:1-13)
16:13 I will cast you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known; there you can serve strange gods day and night, because I will not grant you my mercy.
19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
13:11 For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man's loins, so had I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD; to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty.
Becoming people of the LORD23 Jeremiah complains again and is reassured (15:10-21)
15:19If you bring forth the precious without the vile, you shall be my mouthpiece.
20 Exile threatened (13:15-27)
13:24 I will scatter them like chaff that flies when the desert wind blows.
Scattered people22 Punishment is inevitable (15:1-9)
15:7 I winnowed them with the fan in every city gate. I destroyed my people through bereavement;

5-2-2

25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
  26 Judah's sin and punishment (17:1-13)
    27 Jeremiah prays for vindication (17:14-18)
      28 Hallow the sabbath day (17:19-27)
        29 The potter and the clay (18:1-17)
      30 A plot against Jeremiah (18:18-23)
    31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
  32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
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25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
16:19 O LORD, my strength, my fortress, my refuge in the day of distress!
Salvation for afflicted person33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
20:13For he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!
25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
16:18 I will at once repay them double for their crime and their sin of profaning my land with their detestable corpses of idols, and filling my heritage with their abominations.
Vengeance of the LORD33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
20:12Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
26 Judah's sin and punishment (17:1-13)
17:4I will enslave you to your enemies in a land that you know not:
Captivity32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
20:4All Judah I will deliver to the king of Babylon, who shall take them captive to Babylon or slay them with the sword.
27 Jeremiah prays for vindication (17:14-18)
17:18Bring upon them the day of misfortune, crush them with repeated destruction.
Destruction31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
19:10 And you shall break the flask in the sight of the men who went with you, 19:11 and say to them: Thus says the LORD of hosts: Thus will I smash this people and this city, as one smashes a clay pot so that it cannot be repaired.
28 Hallow the sabbath day (17:19-27)
17:23 though they did not listen or give ear, but stiffened their necks so as not to hear or take correction.
People don't listen to / listen to30 A plot against Jeremiah (18:18-23)
18:18let us carefully note his every word."

5-3

33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
  34 Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadrezzar (21:1-14)
    35 Exhortation to repent (22:1-30)
      36 Restoration after exile (23:1-8)
        37 False prophets of hope denounced (23:9-40)
          38 The good and the bad figs (24:1-10)
            39 The Babylonian captivity foretold (25:1-14)
              40 The cup of God's wrath (25:15-38)
                41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
              42 Death of Uriah (26:20-24)
            43 The sign of the yoke (27:1-22)
          44 Hananiah opposes Jeremiah and dies (28:1-17)
        45 Restoration promised (29:1-23)
      46 The letter of Shemaiah (29:24-32)
    47 Distress and salvation of Jacob (30:1-24)
  48 The joyful return of the exiles (31:1-26)
49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
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33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
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see 1-149 A new covenant (31:27-40)
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34 Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadrezzar (21:1-14)
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see 1-148 The joyful return of the exiles (31:1-26)
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35 Exhortation to repent (22:1-30)
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see 1-147 Distress and salvation of Jacob (30:1-24)
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36 Restoration after exile (23:1-8)
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see 1-146 The letter of Shemaiah (29:24-32)
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37 False prophets of hope denounced (23:9-40)
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see 1-145 Restoration promised (29:1-23)
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38 The good and the bad figs (24:1-10)
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see 1-144 Hananiah opposes Jeremiah and dies (28:1-17)
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39 The Babylonian captivity foretold (25:1-14)
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see 1-143 The sign of the yoke (27:1-22)
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40 The cup of God's wrath (25:15-38)
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see 1-142 Death of Uriah (26:20-24)
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5-3-1

33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
  34 Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadrezzar (21:1-14)
    35 Exhortation to repent (22:1-30)
      36 Restoration after exile (23:1-8)
        37 False prophets of hope denounced (23:9-40)
      38 The good and the bad figs (24:1-10)
    39 The Babylonian captivity foretold (25:1-14)
  40 The cup of God's wrath (25:15-38)
41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
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33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
20:10 Yes, I hear the whisperings of many: "Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!"
Persecution to Jeremiah41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
26:8 When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the LORD bade him speak to all the people, the priests and prophets laid hold of him, crying, "You must be put to death!
34 Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadrezzar (21:1-14)
21:12 O house of David! Thus says the LORD: Each morning dispense justice, rescue the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor, Lest my fury break out like fire which burns without being quenched, because of the evil of your deeds.
Judgment on leaders40 The cup of God's wrath (25:15-38)
25:34 Howl, you shepherds, and wail! roll in the dust, leaders of the flock! The time for your slaughter has come; like choice rams you shall fall.
35 Exhortation to repent (22:1-30)
22:7 Against you I will send destroyers, each with his axe:
The LORD sends destroyers39 The Babylonian captivity foretold (25:1-14)
25:9 lo! I will send for and fetch all the tribes of the north, says the LORD (and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, my servant); I will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against all these neighboring nations. I will doom them, making them an object of horror, of ridicule, of everlasting reproach.
35 Exhortation to repent (22:1-30)
22:8 Many people will pass by this city and ask one another: "Why has the LORD done this to so great a city?" 22:9 And the answer will be given: "Because they have deserted their covenant with the LORD, their God, by worshiping and serving strange gods."
Idolatry39 The Babylonian captivity foretold (25:1-14)
25:6 Do not follow strange gods to serve and adore them, lest you provoke me with your handiwork, and I bring evil upon you.
36 Restoration after exile (23:1-8)
23:3 I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow;
Promise of return38 The good and the bad figs (24:1-10)
24:6 I will look after them for their good, and bring them back to this land,

5-3-2

41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
  42 Death of Uriah (26:20-24)
    43 The sign of the yoke (27:1-22)
      44 Hananiah opposes Jeremiah and dies (28:1-17)
        45 Restoration promised (29:1-23)
      46 The letter of Shemaiah (29:24-32)
    47 Distress and salvation of Jacob (30:1-24)
  48 The joyful return of the exiles (31:1-26)
49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
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41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
26:4If you disobey me, not living according to the law I placed before you 26:5 and not listening to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I send you constantly though you do not obey them, 26:6 I will treat this house like Shiloh, and make this the city which all the nations of the earth shall refer to when cursing another.
Torah49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
31:33I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
42 Death of Uriah (26:20-24)
26:24 he was not handed over to the people to be put to death (26:24)
Escape from death48 The joyful return of the exiles (31:1-26)
31:2 The people that escaped the sword have found favor in the desert (31:2)
43 The sign of the yoke (27:1-22)
27:22 I will bring them back and restore them to this place
Promise of salvation47 Distress and salvation of Jacob (30:1-24)
30:8"I will break his yoke from off your necks and snap your bonds."
44 Hananiah opposes Jeremiah and dies (28:1-17)
28:15 Yahweh has not sent you; and thanks to you this people is now relying on what is false
False prophet46 The letter of Shemaiah (29:24-32)
29:31 Since Shemaiah has prophesied to you without my sending him, and since he has caused you to rely on what is false

5-4

49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
  50 Jeremiah is imprisoned (32:1-5)
    51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
      52 Jeremiah prays for understanding (32:16-25)
        53 God's assurace of the people's return (32:26-44)
          54 Healing after punishment (33:1-18)
            55 Covenant with David (33:19-26)
              56 Death in captivity predicted for Zedekiah (34:1-7)
                57 Treacherous treatment of slaves (34:8-22)
              58 The rechabites commended (35:1-19)
            59 The scroll read in the temple (36:1-32)
          60 Jeremiah is imprisoned (37:1-21)
        61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
      62 Zedekiah consults Jeremiah again (38:14-28)
    63 The fall of Jerusalem (39:1-14)
  64 Jeremiah, set free, remembers Ebed-melech (39:15-18)
65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
Former halfRelationLatter half
49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
31:32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt;
Liberation from slavery65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
40:4 And now, I am freeing you today from the fetters that bind your hands;
50 Jeremiah is imprisoned (32:1-5)
32:2and the prophet Jeremiah was imprisoned in the quarters of the guard, at the king's palace.
Imprisonment of Jeremiah64 Jeremiah, set free, remembers Ebed-melech (39:15-18)
39:15 While Jeremiah was still imprisoned in the quarters of the guard,
51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
32:15 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.
Gaining vineyard63 The fall of Jerusalem (39:1-14)
39:10 But some of the poor who had no property were left in the land of Judah by Nebuzaradan, chief of the bodyguard, and were given at the same time vineyards and farms.
52 Jeremiah prays for understanding (32:16-25)
32:25But the city has already been handed over to the Chaldeans!
City is handed over to Chaldeans62 Zedekiah consults Jeremiah again (38:14-28)
38:18 But if you do not surrender to the princes of Babylon's king, this city shall fall into the hands of the Chaldeans, who shall destroy it with fire, and you shall not escape their hands.
53 God's assurace of the people's return (32:26-44)
32:36concerning this city, which as you say is handed over to the king of Babylon amid sword, famine, and pestilence:
Sword, famine, pestilence61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
He who remains in this city shall die by sword, or famine, or pestilence;
54 Healing after punishment (33:1-18)
33:1while he was still imprisoned in the quarters of the guard:
Imprisonment of Jeremiah60 Jeremiah is imprisoned (37:1-21)
37:15 The princes were enraged, and had Jeremiah beaten and thrown into prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe, which they were using as a jail. 37:16 And so Jeremiah entered the vaulted dungeon, where he remained a long time.
54 Healing after punishment (33:1-18)
33:13 In the cities of the hill country, of the foothills, and of the Negeb, in the land of Benjamin and the suburbs of Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, flocks will again pass under the hands of the one who counts them, says the LORD.
The land of Benjamin60 Jeremiah is imprisoned (37:1-21)
37:12 Jeremiah set out from Jerusalem for the district of Benjamin, to take part with his family in the division of an inheritance.
55 Covenant with David (33:19-26)
33:21 then can my covenant with my servant David also be broken, so that he will not have a son to be king upon his throne, and my covenant with the priests of Levi who minister to me.
Succeeding to David's throne59 The scroll read in the temple (36:1-32)
36:30 The LORD now says of Jehoiakim, king of Judah: No descendant of his shall succeed to David's throne;
56 Death in captivity predicted for Zedekiah (34:1-7)
34:5and they will lament you as their lord, and burn spices for your burial as they did for your fathers, the kings who preceded you from the first;
Same as ancestors58 The rechabites commended (35:1-19)
35:8 Now we have heeded Jonadab, Rechabs son, our father, in all his prohibitions.

5-4-1

49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
  50 Jeremiah is imprisoned (32:1-5)
    51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
      52 Jeremiah prays for understanding (32:16-25)
        53 God's assurace of the people's return (32:26-44)
      54 Healing after punishment (33:1-18)
    55 Covenant with David (33:19-26)
  56 Death in captivity predicted for Zedekiah (34:1-7)
57 Treacherous treatment of slaves (34:8-22)
Former halfRelationLatter half
49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
31:31 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Covenant with the LORD57 Treacherous treatment of slaves (34:8-22)
34:13The day I brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt, out of the place where they were slaves, I made this covenant with them:
50 Jeremiah is imprisoned (32:1-5)
32:3 Zedekiah, king of Judah, had imprisoned him there, remonstrating: "How dare you prophesy:
Captured56 Death in captivity predicted for Zedekiah (34:1-7)
34:3 Neither shall you escape his hand; rather you will be captured and fall into his hands.
51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
32:15 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.
Promise of restoration55 Covenant with David (33:19-26)
33:26For I will change their lot and show them mercy.
52 Jeremiah prays for understanding (32:16-25)
32:24 See, the siegeworks have arrived at this city to breach it; the city will be handed over to the Chaldeans who are attacking it, amid sword, famine, and pestilence.
City is handed over to Chaldeans54 Healing after punishment (33:1-18)
33:4 Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the palaces of Judah's kings, which are being destroyed in the face of siegeworks and the sword: 33:5 men come to battle the Chaldeans, and these houses will be filled with the corpses of those whom I slay in my anger and wrath,

5-4-2

57 Treacherous treatment of slaves (34:8-22)
  58 The rechabites commended (35:1-19)
    59 The scroll read in the temple (36:1-32)
      60 Jeremiah is imprisoned (37:1-21)
        61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
      62 Zedekiah consults Jeremiah again (38:14-28)
    63 The fall of Jerusalem (39:1-14)
  64 Jeremiah, set free, remembers Ebed-melech (39:15-18)
65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
Former halfRelationLatter half
57 Treacherous treatment of slaves (34:8-22)
34:8 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD after King Zedekiah had made an agreement with all the people in Jerusalem to issue an edict of emancipation.
Liberation65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
40:1after Nebuzaradan, captain of the bodyguard, had released him in Ramah, where he had found him a prisoner in chains,
58 The rechabites commended (35:1-19)
Since you have obeyed the command of Jonadab, your father, kept all his commands and done everything he commanded you, 35:19 thus therefore says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Never shall there fail to be a descendant of Jonadab, Rechab's son, standing in my service.
Promise of salvation for believers64 Jeremiah, set free, remembers Ebed-melech (39:15-18)
39:18 I will make certain that you escape and do not fall by the sword. Your life shall be spared as booty, because you trusted in me, says the LORD.
59 The scroll read in the temple (36:1-32)
36:31 I will punish him and his descendants and his ministers for their wickedness;
Punishment against royal family63 The fall of Jerusalem (39:1-14)
39:6 As Zedekiah looked on, his sons were slain at Riblah by order of the king of Babylon, who slew also all the nobles of Judah. 39:7 He then blinded Zedekiah and bound him in chains to bring him to Babylon.
60 Jeremiah is imprisoned (37:1-21)
37:17 Once King Zedekiah had him brought to his palace and he asked him secretly whether there was any message from the LORD.
Interview of king and Jeremiah62 Zedekiah consults Jeremiah again (38:14-28)
38:14 Once King Zedekiah summoned the prophet Jeremiah to come to him at the third entrance to the house of the LORD. "I have a question to ask you," the king said to Jeremiah; "hide nothing from me."

5-5

65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
  66 Jeremiah with Gedaliah the governor (40:7-16)
    67 Insurrection against Gedaliah (41:1-18)
      68 Jeremiah advises survivors not to migrate (42:1-22)
        69 Escape to Egypt (43:1-7)
          70 Jeremiah warns of judgment (43:8-13)
            71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
              72 A word of comfort to Baruch (45:1-5)
                73 Judgment on Egypt (46:1-12)
              74 Babylonia will strike Egypt (46:13-28)
            75 Judgment on nations (47:1-49:33)
          76 Judgment on Elam (49:34-39)
        77 Judgment on Babylon (50:1-51:58)
      78 Jeremiah's command to Seraiah (51:59-64)
    79 The reign of Zedekiah (52:1-11)
  80 The destruction of Jerusalem (52:12-30)
81 Jehoiachin favored in captivity (52:31-34)
Former halfRelationLatter half
65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
40:5The captain of the bodyguard gave him food and gifts and let him go.
Liberation and giving food81 Jehoiachin favored in captivity (52:31-34)
52:33 Jehoiachin took off his prison garb and ate at the king's table as long as he lived.
66 Jeremiah with Gedaliah the governor (40:7-16)
40:7 those poor who had not been led captive to Babylon
Remnant in Judah / captivity80 The destruction of Jerusalem (52:12-30)
52:28 the people whom Nebuchadnezzar led away captive
67 Insurrection against Gedaliah (41:1-18)
41:2 Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, and the ten who were with him, rose up and attacked with swords Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon had made ruler over the land; and they killed him.
Killed ruler79 The reign of Zedekiah (52:1-11)
52:11 Then he blinded Zedekiah, bound him with fetters, and had him brought to Babylon and kept in prison until the day of his death.
68 Jeremiah advises survivors not to migrate (42:1-22)
42:11 Do not fear the king of Babylon, before whom you are now afraid; do not fear him, says the LORD, for I am with you to save you, to rescue you from his power.
Do not fear Babylon78 Jeremiah's command to Seraiah (51:59-64)
51:64Thus shall Babylon sink. Never shall she rise, because of the evil I am bringing upon her. (To "weary themselves" are the words of Jeremiah.)
69 Escape to Egypt (43:1-7)
43:4 Johanan, son of Kareah, and the rest of the leaders and the people did not obey the LORD'S command to stay in the land of Judah.
Command to return to land of Judah77 Judgment on Babylon (50:1-51:58)
50:19 But I will bring back Israel to her fold, to feed on Carmel and Bashan, And on Mount Ephraim and Gilead, till she has her fill.
70 Jeremiah warns of judgment (43:8-13)
43:11 He shall come and strike the land of Egypt: with death, whoever is marked for death; with exile, everyone destined for exile; with the sword, all who are intended for the sword.
Foreign country is struck by a sword76 Judgment on Elam (49:34-39)
49:37I will send the sword to pursue them until I have completely made an end of them;
71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
44:2You have seen all the evil I brought on Jerusalem and the other cities of Judah. Today they are ruins and uninhabited,
Uninhabited town75 Judgment on nations (47:1-49:33)
49:33 Hazor shall become a haunt of jackals, a desert forever, Where no man lives, no human being stays.
72 A word of comfort to Baruch (45:1-5)
45:5 And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not! I am bringing evil on all mankind, says the LORD, but your life I will leave you as booty, wherever you may go.
The Lord's promise to keep life74 Babylonia will strike Egypt (46:13-28)
46:28 You, my servant Jacob, never fear, says the LORD, for I am with you; I will make an end of all the nations to which I have driven you, But of you I will not make an end:

5-5-1

65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
  66 Jeremiah with Gedaliah the governor (40:7-16)
    67 Insurrection against Gedaliah (41:1-18)
      68 Jeremiah advises survivors not to migrate (42:1-22)
        69 Escape to Egypt (43:1-7)
      70 Jeremiah warns of judgment (43:8-13)
    71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
  72 A word of comfort to Baruch (45:1-5)
73 Judgment on Egypt (46:1-12)
Former halfRelationLatter half
65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
40:2"The LORD, your God, foretold the ruin of this place. 40:3 Now he has brought about in deed what he threatened; because you sinned against the LORD and did not obey his voice, this fate has befallen you.
Vengeance of the LORD73 Judgment on Egypt (46:1-12)
46:10 But this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, vengeance on his foes!
66 Jeremiah with Gedaliah the governor (40:7-16)
40:15"Let me go and kill Ishmael, son of Nethaniah; no one will know it. Why should he be allowed to kill you? All the Jews who have now rallied to you will be dispersed and the remnant of Judah will perish."
Depriving of / keeping life72 A word of comfort to Baruch (45:1-5)
45:5but your life I will leave you as booty, wherever you may go.
67 Insurrection against Gedaliah (41:1-18)
41:2 Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, and the ten who were with him, rose up and attacked with swords Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon had made ruler over the land; and they killed him.
Killing a ruler71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
44:30I will hand over Pharaoh Hophra, king of Egypt, to his enemies, to those who seek his life, just as I handed over Zedekiah, king of Judah, to his enemy and mortal foe, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.
67 Insurrection against Gedaliah (41:1-18)
41:16 Then Johanan, son of Kareah, and all his army leaders took charge of the remnant of the people, both the soldiers and the women and children with their guardians, whom Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, had brought away from Mizpah after he killed Gedaliah, son of Ahikim. From Gibeon, 41:17 they retreated to the lodging place of Chimham near Bethlehem, where they stopped, intending to flee into Egypt.
No one remains in the land of Judah71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
44:7Why do you inflict so great an evil upon yourselves? Will you root out from Judah man and wife, child and nursling, and not leave yourselves even a remnant?
68 Jeremiah advises survivors not to migrate (42:1-22)
42:17 All those men who determine to go to Egypt to stay, shall die by the sword, famine, and pestilence; not one shall survive or escape the evil that I will bring upon them.
Prophecy about disaster in Egypt70 Jeremiah warns of judgment (43:8-13)
43:11 He shall come and strike the land of Egypt: with death, whoever is marked for death; with exile, everyone destined for exile; with the sword, all who are intended for the sword.

5-5-2

73 Judgment on Egypt (46:1-12)
  74 Babylonia will strike Egypt (46:13-28)
    75 Judgment on nations (47:1-49:33)
      76 Judgment on Elam (49:34-39)
        77 Judgment on Babylon (50:1-51:58)
      78 Jeremiah's command to Seraiah (51:59-64)
    79 The reign of Zedekiah (52:1-11)
  80 The destruction of Jerusalem (52:12-30)
81 Jehoiachin favored in captivity (52:31-34)
Former halfRelationLatter half
73 Judgment on Egypt (46:1-12)
46:2 Concerning Egypt. Against the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah:
Acts of Babylon's king towards foreign king81 Jehoiachin favored in captivity (52:31-34)
52:31 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, Evil-merodach, king of Babylon, in the inaugural year of his reign, took up the case of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, and released him from prison.
74 Babylonia will strike Egypt (46:13-28)
46:27 But you, my servant Jacob, fear not; be not dismayed, O Israel. Behold, I will deliver you from the far-off land, your descendants, from their land of exile. Jacob shall again find rest, shall be tranquil and undisturbed.
Promise of liberation from captivity / captivity80 The destruction of Jerusalem (52:12-30)
52:28 the people whom Nebuchadnezzar led away captive
75 Judgment on nations (47:1-49:33)
judgment on nations
Judgment on nations79 The reign of Zedekiah (52:1-11)
52:3 Indeed, what was done in Jerusalem and in Judah so angered the LORD that he cast them out from his presence.
76 Judgment on Elam (49:34-39)
49:37I will bring evil upon them, my burning wrath, says the LORD. I will send the sword to pursue them until I have completely made an end of them;
Bringing evil78 Jeremiah's command to Seraiah (51:59-64)
51:64Thus shall Babylon sink. Never shall she rise, because of the evil I am bringing upon her. (To "weary themselves" are the words of Jeremiah.)

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