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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Jeremiah

Chiastic Structure and Concentric Structure and Parallel of each pericope

[1]Introduction  (Jer 1:1-3)
 
 
   Preface

[2]Jeremiah's call and commission  (Jer 1:4-19)
 
  A1(1:4-6)  The dialogue of the LORD and Jeremiah
    B1(1:7-10)    The words of the LORD
  A2(1:11)  the dialogue of the LORD and Jeremiah
    B2(1:12)    The words of the LORD
  A3(1:13)  The dialogue of the LORD and Jeremiah
    B3(1:14-19)    The words of the LORD
 
   A: The dialogue of the LORD and Jeremiah. B: The words of the LORD.

[3]God pleads with Israel to repent  (Jer 2:1-37 3:1-5)
 
  A(2:1-3)  Sacred to the LORD was Israel, the first fruits of his harvest (2:3)
    B(2:4-8)    
"The prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after useless idols (2:8)"   
(בבעל)
      C(2:9-11)      
"Therefore will I yet accuse you, says the LORD (2:9)"   
(אריב)
        D(2:12-19)        why go to Egypt, to drink the waters of the Nile? Why go to Assyria, to drink the waters of the Euphrates? (2:18)
  A'(2:20-22)  I had planted you, a choice vine of fully tested stock (2:21)
    B'(2:23-28)    
I have not gone after the Baals (2:23)   
(הבעלים)
      C'(2:29-31)      
How dare you still plead with me? (2:29)   
(תריבו)
        D'(2:32-3:5)        By Egypt will you be shamed, as you were shamed by Assyria (2:36)
 
   A: Crops. B: Baals. C: To accuse. D: Egypt and Assyria.

[4]A call to repentance  (Jer 3:6-13)
 
  A(3:6-7)  After doing all this she will come back to me (3:7)
    B(3:8-11)    the traitor sister Judah did not return to me wholeheartedly (3:10)
  A'(3:12-13)  Come back, disloyal Israel (3:12)
 
   A: To come back. B: Betrayal of Judah.

[5]Return to Zion  (Jer 3:14-18)
 
  A(3:14)  
"I will take you, and bring you to Zion (3:14)"   
(והבאתי)
    B(3:15)    I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart (3:15)
      C(3:16)      The ark of the covenant of the LORD (3:16)
    B'(3:17)    they will call Jerusalem the LORD'S throne (3:17)
  A'(3:18)  
they will come from the land of the north (3:18)   
(ויבאו)
 
   A: To come. B: A king. C: The ark of the covenant of the LORD.

[6]A call to repentance  (Jer 3:19-4:4)
 
  A(3:19-21)  give you a pleasant land, a heritage most beautiful among the nations! (3:19)
    B(3:22a)    
"Return, rebellious children (3:22)"   
(שׁובו)
      C(3:22b-25)      In the LORD, our God, alone is the salvation of Israel (3:23)
    B'(4:1-2)    
"you wish to return, O Israel (4:1)"   
(תשׁוב)
  A'(4:3-4)  Till your untilled ground, sow not among thorns (4:3)
 
   A: The lands. B: To return. C: The LORD, our God.

[7]Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened  (Jer 4:5-31)
 
  A(4:5-7)  To turn your land into desolation, till your cities lie waste and empty (4:7)
    B(4:8)    
blazing wrath of the LORD (4:8)   
(אף)
      C(4:9-13)      
Woe to us! we are ruined. (4:13)   
(שׁדדנו)
        D(4:14)        
"Cleanse your heart of evil, O Jerusalem (4:14)"   
(מרעה)
          E(4:15-17)          she has rebelled against me (4:17)
        D'(4:18-21)        
"Your conduct, your misdeeds, have done this to you (4:18)"   
(רעתך)
      C'(4:19-21)      
In an instant my tents are ravaged (4:20)   
(שׁדדו)
    B'(4:22-26)    
his blazing wrath (4:26)   
(אפו)
  A'(4:27-31)  Waste shall the whole land be; I will wholly destroy it. (4:27)
 
   A: Destruction. B: Wrath. C: Ruin. D: Evils. E: Rebellion.

[8]The utter corruption of God's people  (Jer 5:1-31)
 
  A(5:1-6)  they swear falsely (5:2)
    B(5:7-9)    Shall I not punish them for these things? (5:9)
      C(5:10-13)      Not he-- No evil shall befall us (5:12)
        D(5:14-19)        The words of the LORD
      C'(5:20-25)      Who have eyes and see not, who have ears and hear not (5:21)
    B'(5:26-29)    Shall I not punish these things? (5:29)
  A'(5:30-31)  The prophets prophesy falsely (5:31)
 
   A: False. B: Punishment. C: Lack of understanding. D: The words of the LORD.

[9]The imminence and horror of the invasion  (Jer 6:1-30)
 
  A(6:1-5)  evil threatens from the north (6:1)
    B(6:6-9)    Two messages of the LORD
      C(6:10)      
"their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot give heed (6:10)"   
(להקשׁיב)
        D(6:11-15)        Two messages of the LORD
        D'(6:16-17)        Two rejections of the people
      C(6:18-20)      
"Because they heeded not my words, because they despised my law (6:19)"   
(הקשׁיבו)
    B'(6:21-24)    Two messages of the LORD
  A'(6:25-30)  terror on every side (6:25)
 
   A: Threats. B: Two messages of the LORD. C: Not to heed. D: Two dialogues.

[10]Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation  (Jer 7:1-15)
 
P(7:1-2)there proclaim this message (7:2)
  A(7:3-4)  
Put not your trust in the deceitful words This is the temple of the LORD! (7:4)   
(תבטחו)
    B(7:5-7)    each of you deals justly with his neighbor (7:5)
      C(7:8)      here you are, putting your trust in deceitful words to your own loss! (7:8)
    B'(7:9-11)    we can commit all these abominations again (7:10)
  A'(7:12-15)  
"this house named after me, in which you trust, (7:14)"   
(בטחים)
 
   A: To trust in the the temple of the LORD. B: Good / evil. C: Worthless.

[11]The people's disobedience  (Jer 7:16-8:3)
 
  A(7:16-19)  the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven (7:18)
    B(7:20)    my anger and my wrath will pour out upon this place, upon man and beast (7:20)
      C(7:21-23)      
I gave them no command concerning holocaust or sacrifice (7:22)   
(ולאצויתים)
        D(7:24-28)        they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed (7:24)
      C'(7:29-31)      
such a thing as I never commanded or had in mind (7:31)   
(לאצויתי)
    B'(7:32-34)    the Valley of Ben-hinnom will no longer be called such, but rather the Valley of Slaughter (7:32)
  A'(8:1-3)  spread out before the sun and the moon and the whole army of heaven (8:2)
 
   A: Idolatry. B: Punishments. C: Not to be commanded. D: Disobedience.

[12]The prophet perversity of the whole nation  (Jer 8:4-9:5)
 
  A(8:4-6)  
"Why do they cling to deceptive idols, refuse to turn back? (8:5)"   
(מאנו)
    B(8:7-9)    
But my people do not know the ordinance of the LORD (8:7)   
(לאידעו)
      C(8:10-12)      
the injury to the daughter of my people (8:11)   
(שׁבר)
        D(8:13)        no grapes on the vine, No figs on the fig trees (8:13)
          E(8:14)          he has given us poison to drink (8:14)
            F(8:15-16)            We wait for peace to no avail; for a time of healing, but terror comes instead (8:15)
          E(8:17)          I will send against you poisonous snakes (8:17)
        D'(8:18-20)        The harvest has passed, the summer is at an end, and yet we are not safe (8:20)
      C'(8:21-23)      
the ruin of the daughter of my people (8:21)   
(שׁבר)
    B'(9:1-2)    
"They go from evil to evil, but me they know not (9:2)"   
(לאידעו)
  A'(9:3-5)  
"Violence upon violence, deceit upon deceit: They refuse to recognize me (9:5)"   
(מאנו)
 
   A: Rejection. B: Not to know. C: Ruin. D: No harvest. E: Poison. F: Fear.

[13]The prophet mourns for the people  (Jer 9:6-25)
 
  A(9:6-10)  
shall I not punish them? (9:8)   
(אפקד)
    B(9:11-13)    
Who is so wise that he can understand this? (9:11)   
(החכם)
      C(9:14-15)      I will send the sword to pursue them until I have completely destroyed them (9:15)
        D(9:16-18)        We must leave the land (9:18)
      C'(9:19-21)      It cuts down the children in the street, young people in the squares (9:20)
    B'(9:22-23)    
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom (9:22)   
(חכם)
  A'(9:24-25)  
I will demand an account of all those circumcised in their flesh (9:24)   
(ופקדתי)
 
   A: Punishment. B: Wisdom. C: Destruction. D: To leave the land.

[14]Idolatory has brought ruin on Israel  (Jer 10:1-16)
 
  A(10:1-5)  Idolatry
    B(10:6-7)    The power of the LORD
      C(10:8-9)      Idolatry
        D(10:10)        The LORD is true God, he is the living God, the eternal King (10:10)
  A'(10:11)  Idolatry
    B'(10:12-13)    The power of the LORD
      C'(10:14-15)      Idolatry
        D'(10:16)        he is the creator of all things (10:16)
 
   A: Idolatry. B: The power of the LORD. C: Idolatry. D: The Creator.

[15]The coming exile  (Jer 10:17-25)
 
  A(10:17)  Pick up your pack from the ground (10:17)
    B(10:18)    
"Behold, this time I will sling away the inhabitants of the land (10:18)"   
(הנני)
      C(10:19-21a)      the LORD they sought not (10:21)
  A'(10:21b)  all their flocks were scattered (10:21)
    B'(10:22)    
Listen! a noise! it comes closer (10:22)   
(הנה)
      C'(10:23-25)      on the tribes that call not upon your name (10:25)
 
   A: To gather / to scatter. B: Behold. C: Not to seek the LORD.

[16]Israel and Judah have broken the covenant  (Jer 11:1-17)
 
  A(11:1-5)  Cursed be the man who does not observe the terms of this covenant (11:3)
    B(11:6-8)    they did not listen or give ear (11:8)
      C(11:9-10)      They also have followed and served strange gods (11:10)
      C'(11:11-13)      go and cry out to the gods to which they have been offering incense (11:12)
    B'(11:14)    I will not listen when they call to me (11:14)
  A'(11:15-17)  The LORD of hosts who planted you has decreed misfortune for you (11:17)
 
   A: Curse. B: Not to listen. C: Idolatry.

[17]Jeremiah complains to God  (Jer 11:18-12:6)
 
  A(11:18-19)  Conspiracy of evils
    B(11:20)    O LORD of hosts, O just Judge, searcher of mind and heart (11:20)
      C(11:21-23)      Vengeance of the LORD
    B'(12:1-3)    O Lord, know me, you see me, you have found that at heart I am with you (12:3)
  A'(12:4-6)  Conspiracy of evils
 
   A: Conspiracy of evils. B: The LORD knows mind and hearts. C: Vengeance of the LORD.

[18]God replies to Jeremiah  (Jer 12:7-17)
 
  A(12:7-12)   I abandon my house, cast off my heritage (12:7)
    B(12:13)    They recoil before their harvest, the flaming anger of the LORD (12:13)
  A'(12:14-17)  I will pity them again and bring them back, each to his heritage, each to his land (12:15)
 
   A: Heritage. B: Anger of the LORD.

[19]The linen loincloth  (Jer 13:1-14)
 
  A(13:1-7)  Sign of the loincloth
    B(13:8-11)    Explanation of the sign
  A'(13:12)  Sign of the wineflask
    B'(13:13-14)    Explanation of the sign
 
   A: Signs. B: Explanations.

[20]Exile threatened  (Jer 13:15-27)
 
  A(13:15-17)  Give glory to the LORD (13:16)
    B(13:18-19)    Say to the king and to the queen mother: come down from your throne (13:18)
    B'(13:20-21)    What will you say when they place as rulers over you those whom you taught to be your lovers? (13:21)
  A'(13:22-27)  you have forgotten me, and trusted in the lying idol (13:25)
 
   A: Idolatry. B: Lost of the leaders.

[21]The great drought  (Jer 14:1-22)
 
  A(14:1-9)  
we have sinned against you (14:7)   
(חטאנו)
    B(14:10)    They so love to wander that they do not spare their feet (14:10)
      C(14:11-12)      I will destroy them with the sword, famine, and pestilence (14:12)
        D(14:13)        False prophecy
        D'(14:14)        False prophecy
      C'(14:15-16)      by the sword and famine shall these prophets meet their end (14:15)
    B'(14:17-18)    the prophet and the priest forage in a land they know not (14:18)
  A'(14:19-22)  
we have sinned against you (14:20)   
(חטאנו)
 
   A: Confession of sins. B: Wonder. C: The sword and famine. D: False prophecy.

[22]Punishment is inevitable  (Jer 15:1-9)
 
  A(15:1)  my heart would not turn toward this people (15:1)
    B(15:2-4)    
"whoever is marked for the sword, to the sword (15:2)"   
(לחרב)
  A'(15:5-6)  I was weary of sparing you (15:6)
    B'(15:7-9)    
Their survivors I will give to the sword (15:9)   
(לחרב)
 
   A: No sympathy. B: The swords.

[23]Jeremiah complains again and is reassured  (Jer 15:10-21)
 
  A(15:10)  all curse me (15:10)
    B(15:11)    I have imposed enemies on you in a time of trouble and in a time of distress (15:11)
      C(15:12-14)      in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever (15:14)
        D(15:15-16)        bring down retribution for me on my persecutors (15:15)
      C'(15:17)      for you had filled me with indignation (15:17)
    B'(15:18)    Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable (15:18)
  A'(15:19-21)  I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked (15:21)
 
   A: Sufferings. B: Questions. C: Anger. D: Retribution.

[24]Jeremiah's celibacy and message  (Jer 16:1-13)
 
  A(16:1-4)  Sword and famine will make an end of them (16:4)
    B(16:5)    I have taken away my peace from this people my steadfast love and mercy (16:5)
      C(16:6-8)      They shall die, the great and the lowly, in this land (16:6)
    B'(16:9)    I am going to banish from this place the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness (16:9)
  A'(16:10-13)  Therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your ancestors have known (16:13)
 
   A: Destruction. B: No joy. C: Death.

[25]God will restore Israel  (Jer 16:14-21)
 
  A(16:14-15)  the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of the north (16:15)
    B(16:16-18)    my eyes are on all their ways (16:17)
  A'(16:19-20)  Can man make for himself gods? These are not gods. (16:20)
    B'(16:21)    this time I will leave them in no doubt Of my strength and my power (16:21)
 
   A: Who is God? B: The power of God.

[26]Judah's sin and punishment  (Jer 17:1-13)
 
  A(17:1-2)  
The sin of Judah is written with an iron pen (17:1)   
(כתובה)
    B(17:3-4)    Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil (17:3)
      C(17:5-6)      Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals (17:5)
      C'(17:7-10)      Blessed are those who trust in the LORD (17:7)
    B'(17:11)    Like the partridge hatching what it did not lay, so are all who amass wealth unjustly (17:11)
  A'(17:12-13)  
those who turn away from you shall be recorded in the underworld (17:13)   
(יכתבו)
 
   A: To write. B: To lose wealth. C: Curse / blessing.

[27]Jeremiah prays for vindication  (Jer 17:14-18)
 
  A(17:14)  Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed (17:14)
    B(17:15-16)    Yet I did not press you to send calamity (17:16)
  A'(17:17-18)  Let my persecutors be shamed, but do not let me be shamed (17:18)
 
   A: Repetitions of words. B: To send calamity.

[28]Hallow the sabbath day  (Jer 17:19-27)
 
  A(17:19-22)  To listen
    B(17:23)    Not to listen
  A'(17:24-26)  To listen
    B'(17:27)    Not to listen
 
   A: To listen. B: Not to listen.

[29]The potter and the clay  (Jer 18:1-17)
 
  A(18:1-4)  The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled (18:4)
    B(18:5-6)    so are you in my hand, O house of Israel (18:6)
      C(18:7-8)      
I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom (18:7)   
(ממלכה)
      C'(18:9-10)      
I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom (18:9)   
(ממלכה)
    B'(18:11-12)    I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you (18:11)
  A'(18:13-17)  I will scatter them before the enemy (18:17)
 
   A: Destruction. B: The plan of the LORD. C: A kingdom.

[30]A plot against Jeremiah  (Jer 18:18-23)
 
  A(18:18)  
let us make plots against Jeremiah (18:18)   
(ועצה)
    B(18:19-20)    they have dug a pit for my life (18:20)
      C(18:21-22a)      give their children over to famine (18:21)
    B'(18:22b)    they have dug a pit to catch me (18:22)
  A'(18:23)  
know all their plotting to kill me (18:23)   
(עצתם)
 
   A: Plots. B: A pit. C: Disasters.

[31]The broken earthenware jug  (Jer 19:1-15)
 
  A(19:1-3)  I am going to bring such disaster upon this (19:3)
    B(19:4-5)    to burn their children in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal (19:5)
      C(19:6-9)      in this place I will make void the plans of Judah and Jerusalem (19:7)
      C'(19:10-12)      So will I break this people and this city (19:11)
    B'(19:13)    all the houses upon whose roofs offerings have been made to the whole host of heaven (19:13)
  A'(19:14-15)  I am now bringing upon this city and upon all its towns all the disaster (19:15)
 
   A: Disasters. B: Idolatry. C: Destruction.

[32]Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur  (Jer 20:1-6)
 
  A(20:1-2)  
Jeremiah was heard prophesying these things (20:1)   
(נבא)
    B(20:3)    Terror-all-around (20:3)
    B'(20:4-5)     I am making you a terror to yourself (20:4)
  A'(20:6)  
you have prophesied lies to them (20:6)   
(נבאת)
 
   A: To prophesy. B: Fear.

[33]Jeremiah denounces his persecutors  (Jer 20:7-18)
 
  A(20:7-8)  I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me (20:7)
    B(20:9)    I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name (20:9)
      C(20:10)      
take our revenge on him (20:10)   
(נקמתנו)
        D(20:11)        the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion (20:11)
      C'(20:12)      
let me see your retribution upon them (20:12)   
(נקמתך)
    B'(20:13)    Sing to the LORD (20:13)
  A'(20:14-18)  Why did I come forth from the womb to see toil and sorrow, and spend my days in shame? (20:18)
 
   A: Shame. B: To speak in the LORD's name. C: Revenge. D: The LORD is like a mighty champion.

[34]Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadrezzar  (Jer 21:1-14)
 
P(21:1-2)Please inquire of the LORD on our behalf (21:2)
  A(21:3-6)  
"in anger, and wrath, and great rage (21:5)"   
(ובחמה)
    B(21:7)    
"pestilence, sword, and famine (21:7)"   
(הדבר)
    B'(21:8-10)    
the sword or famine or pestilence (21:9)   
(ובדבר)
  A'(21:11-14)  
Lest my fury break out like fire (21:12)   
(חמתי)
 
   A: Anger. B: Pestilence, sword, and famine.

[35]Exhortation to repent  (Jer 22:1-30)
 
  A(22:1-5)  
O King of Judah sitting on the throne of David (22:2)   
(עלכסאדוד)
    B(22:6-10)    
he shall return no more to see his native land (22:10)   
(לאישׁוב)
      C(22:11-12)      Death of the king
        D(22:13-17)        for shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence (22:17)
      C'(22:18-19)      Death of the king
    B'(22:20-27)    
they shall not return to the land to which they long to return (22:27)   
(לאישׁובו)
  A'(22:28-30)  
in sitting on the throne of David (22:30)   
(עלכסאדוד)
 
   A: The throne of David. B: Not to return. C: Death of the king. D: Oppression and violence.

[36]Restoration after exile  (Jer 23:1-8)
 
  A(23:1-2)  Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! (23:1)
    B(23:3-4)    I myself will gather the remnant of my flock, and I will bring them back (23:3)
  A'(23:5-6)  he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness (23:5)
    B'(23:7-8)    brought out and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the land (23:8)
 
   A: The shepherds. B: To return.

[37]False prophets of hope denounced  (Jer 23:9-40)
 
  A(23:9-14)  
Both prophet and priest (23:11)   
(כהן)
    B(23:15)    Judgement of the LORD
      C(23:16-19)      False prophecy
        D(23:20-22)        The anger of the LORD shall not abate until he has done and fulfilled what he has determined in his heart (23:20)
      C'(23:23-29)      False prophecy
    B'(23:30-32)    Judgement of the LORD
  A'(23:33-40)  
a prophet or a priest (23:33)   
(כהן)
 
   A: Prophet and priest. B: Judgement of the LORD. C: False prophecy. D: The anger of the LORD.

[38]The good and the bad figs  (Jer 24:1-10)
 
P(24:1-3)The LORD showed me two baskets of figs (24:1)
  A(24:4-7)  Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah (24:5)
  A'(24:8-10)  Like the bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten, so will I treat King Zedekiah of Judah (24:8)
 
   A: Good figs and badfigs.

[39]The Babylonian captivity foretold  (Jer 25:1-14)
 
  A(25:1-4)  
the LORD has sent you without fail all his servants the prophets (25:4)   
(הנבאים)
    B(25:5-7)    you will remain upon the land that the LORD has given to you and your ancestors from of old and forever (25:5)
    B'(25:8-12)    This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste (25:11)
  A'(25:13-14)  
"all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations (25:13)"   
(נבא)
 
   A: Prophecy. B: The land of ancestors.

[40]The cup of God's wrath  (Jer 25:15-38)
 
  A(25:15-16)  The words of the LORD
    B(25:17-26)    I took the cup from the hand of the LORD and gave drink to all the nations (25:17)
  A'(25:27-31)  The words of the LORD
    B'(25:32-33)    calamity stalks from nation to nation (25:32)
 
   A: The words of the LORD. B: Destruction of nations.

[41]Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple  (Jer 26:1-19)
 
  A(26:1-6)  Prophecy of Jeremiah
    B(26:7-11)    Words of the people
      C(26:12-15)      Persuasion of Jeremiah
    B'(26:16)    Words of the people
  A'(26:17-19)  Prophecy of Micah
 
   A: Prophecies. B: Words of the people. C: Persuasion of Jeremiah.

[42]Death of Uriah  (Jer 26:20-24)
 
P(26:20)in words exactly like those of Jeremiah (26:20)
  A(26:21-23)  Death of Uriah
  A'(26:24)  Protection for Jeremiah
 
   A: Prophets and persecution.

[43]The sign of the yoke  (Jer 27:1-22)
 
  A(27:1-11)  All nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his land, too, shall come (27:7)
    B(27:12-15)    Do not listen to the words of those prophets (27:14)
    B'(27:16-18)    Do not listen to the words of your prophets (27:16)
  A'(27:19-22)  there they shall remain, until the day I look for them (27:22)
 
   A: Until the day. B: Do not listen to the words of those prophets.

[44]Hananiah opposes Jeremiah and dies  (Jer 28:1-17)
 
  A(28:1-4)  Prophecy of Hananiah
    B(28:5-9)    Prophecy of Jeremiah
  A'(28:10-11)  Prophecy of Hananiah
    B'(28:12-17)    Prophecy of Jeremiah
 
   A: Prophecy of Hananiah. B: Prophecy of Jeremiah.

[45]Restoration promised  (Jer 29:1-23)
 
P(29:1-3)the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem (29:1)
  A(29:4-9)  Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you (29:8)
    B(29:10-14)    I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile (29:14)
    B'(29:15-19)    your kinsfolk who did not go out with you into exile (29:16)
  A'(29:20-23)  Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying a lie to you (29:21)
 
   A: False prophet. B: Exile / Not Exile.

[46]The letter of Shemaiah  (Jer 29:24-32)
 
  A(29:24-28)  The words of the LORD
    B(29:29)    the priest Zephaniah had read this letter (29:29)
  A'(29:30-32)  The words of the LORD
 
   A: The words of the LORD. B: The letter.

[47]Distress and salvation of Jacob  (Jer 30:1-24)
 
  A(30:1-3)  Promise of salvation
    B(30:4-7)    Sufferings
      C(30:8-11)      Promise of salvation
    B'(30:12-16)    Sufferings
  A'(30:17-24)  
Promise of salvation   
(הימים)
 
   A: Promise of salvation. B: Sufferings. C: Promise of salvation.

[48]The joyful return of the exiles  (Jer 31:1-26)
 
  A(31:1)  I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel (31:1)
    B(31:2-6)    you shall be rebuilt, O virgin Israel (31:4)
      C(31:7-9)      Ephraim is my first-born (31:9)
        D(31:10-14)        The LORD shall ransom Jacob, he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror (31:11)
          E(31:15-17)          they shall return from the enemy's land (31:16)
        D'(31:18-19)        I turn in repentance (31:19)
      C'(31:20)      Is Ephraim not my favored son (31:20)
    B'(31:21-22)    Turn back, O virgin Israel (31:21)
  A'(31:23-26)  Judah and all her cities shall dwell there together (31:24)
 
   A: All people. B: Virgin Israel. C: Ephraim is the son. D: Reconciliation. E: To return.

[49]A new covenant  (Jer 31:27-40)
 
  A(31:27-28)  
The days are coming (31:27)   
(הנהימים)
    B(31:29-30)    The fathers ate unripe grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge (31:29)
      C(31:31-33)      I will be their God, and they shall be my people (31:33)
        D(31:34)        All, from least to greatest, shall know me (31:34)
      C'(31:35-37)      Then shall the race of Israel cease as a nation before me forever (31:36)
    B'(31:37)    will I cast off the whole race of Israel because of all they have done (31:37)
  A'(31:38-40)  
The days are coming (31:38)   
(הנהימים)
 
   A: The day is coming. B: Descendants. C: The people of God. D: To know God.

[50]Jeremiah is imprisoned  (Jer 32:1-5)
 
  A(32:1-2)  the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem (32:2)
    B(32:3a)    king of Judah, had imprisoned him (32:3)
      C(32:3b)      Destruction of the city
    B'(32:4-5a)    Neither shall king of Judah escape the hands of the Chaldeans (32:4)
  A'(32:5b)  in fighting the Chaldeans, you cannot win (32:5)
 
   A: Attack of Babylon. B: King of Judah. C: Destruction of the city.

[51]Jeremiah buys a field during the siege  (Jer 32:6-15)
 
  A(32:6-7)  The words of the LORD
    B(32:9-12)    Purchase of the field
  A'(32:14-15)  The words of the LORD
 
   A: The words of the LORD. B: Purchase of the field.

[52]Jeremiah prays for understanding  (Jer 32:16-25)
 
  A(32:16-17)  Ah, Lord GOD (32:17)
    B(32:18-19)    giving to each according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds (32:19)
      C(32:20-22)      Exodus
    B'(32:23-24)    Hence you let all these evils befall them (32:23)
  A'(32:24-25)  O Lord GOD (32:25)
 
   A: Ah, Lord GOD. B: Retribution. C: Exodus.

[53]God's assurace of the people's return  (Jer 32:26-44)
 
  A(32:26-29)  Disasters
    B(32:30-35)    Betrayal against the LORD
    B'(32:36-41)    To become the people of the LORD
  A'(32:42-44)  Prosperity
 
   A: Disasters and prosperity. B: The people of the LORD.

[54]Healing after punishment  (Jer 33:1-18)
 
  A(33:1-3)  
Call to me (33:3)   
(קרא)
    B1(33:4-9)    Restoration from disasters
    B2(33:10-11)    Restoration from disasters
    B3(33:12-13)    Restoration from disasters
  A'(33:14-18)  
this is what they shall call her (33:16)   
(יקרא)
 
   A: To call. B: Restoration from disasters.

[55]Covenant with David  (Jer 33:19-26)
 
  A(33:19-22)  
"my covenant with day, and my covenant with night (33:20)"   
(בריתי)
    B(33:23-24)    The LORD has rejected the two tribes which he had chosen (33:24)
  A'(33:25-26)  
covenant with day and night (33:25)   
(בריתי)
 
   A: Covenant with day and night. B: To reject the two tribes.

[56]Death in captivity predicted for Zedekiah  (Jer 34:1-7)
 
  A(34:1)  Invasion of the king of Babylon
    B(34:2-5)    Prophecy to the king of Judah
  A'(34:6-7)  Invasion of the king of Babylon
 
   A: Invasion of the king of Babylon. B: Prophecy to the king of Judah.

[57]Treacherous treatment of slaves  (Jer 34:8-22)
 
  A(34:8-11)  they took back their male and female slaves whom they had set free (34:11)
    B(34:12-14)    I made this covenant with them (34:13)
  A'(34:15-16)  taking back your male and female slaves to whom you had given their freedom (34:16)
    B'(34:17-22)    You did not obey me by proclaiming your neighbors and kinsmen free (34:17)
 
   A: To take back slaves. B: The covenant with the LORD.

[58]The rechabites commended  (Jer 35:1-19)
 
  A(35:1-2)  The words of the LORD to family of Rechabites
    B(35:3-11)    we have heeded Jonadab in all his prohibitions (35:8)
      C(35:12-13)      say to the men of Judah and to the citizens of Jerusalem (35:13)
        D(35:14)        
you have not obeyed (35:14)   
(ולאשׁמעתם)
          E(35:15)          telling you to turn back, all of you, from your evil way (35:15)
        D'(35:16)        
this people does not obey me (35:16)   
(לאשׁמעו)
      C'(35:17)      I will bring upon Judah and all the citizens of Jerusalem every evil (35:17)
    B'(35:18)    you have obeyed the command of Jonadab (35:18)
  A'(35:19)  The words of the LORD to family of Rechabites
 
   A: The words of the LORD to family of Rechabites. B: Obedience. C: Judah and all the citizens of Jerusalem. D: Disobedience. E: Turn back.

[59]The scroll read in the temple  (Jer 36:1-32)
 
  A(36:1-2)  write on it all the words I have spoken to you (36:2)
    B(36:3)    I may forgive their wickedness and their sin (36:3)
      C(36:4-8)      wrote down on a scroll, as Jeremiah dictated (36:4)
        D(36:9-15)        Baruch publicly read the words of Jeremiah (36:10)
          E(36:16-18)          
We must certainly tell the king all these things (36:16)   
(הגיד)
            F(36:19)            Go into hiding, you and Jeremiah (36:19)
          E'(36:20)          
they told him everything that had happened (36:20)   
(ויגידו)
        D'(36:21-26)        read it to the king and to all the princes (36:21)
      C'(36:27-29)      the scroll with the text Jeremiah had dictated to Baruch (36:27)
    B'(36:30-31)    I will punish him for their wickedness (36:31)
  A'(36:32)  he wrote on it at Jeremiah's dictation all the words (36:32)
 
   A: To write. B: Wickedness. C: To write on the scroll. D: Reading. E: To tell the king. F: To hide.

[60]Jeremiah is imprisoned  (Jer 37:1-21)
 
  A(37:1-3)  The request of the king
    B(37:4)    At this time Jeremiah had not yet been put into prison (37:4)
      C(37:5)      
Withdrawal of Chaldean army   
(וחיל)
        D(37:6-10)        The words of the LORD
      C'(37:11)      
Withdrawal of Chaldean army   
(חיל)
    B'(37:12-16)    thrown into prison in the house of Jonathan (37:15)
  A'(37:17-21)  The request of the king
 
   A: The request of the king. B: Imprison. C: Withdrawal of Chaldean army. D: The words of the LORD.

[61]Jeremiah in the cistern  (Jer 38:1-13)
 
P(38:1-3)Prophecy of Jeremiah
  A(38:4-5)  Officials requested the death of Jeremiah to the king
    B(38:6)    
they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah (38:6)   
(הבור)
  A'(38:7-10)  Ebed-melech requested the salvation of Jeremiah to the king
    B'(38:11-13)    
they drew him up with the ropes out of the cistern (38:13)   
(הבור)
 
   A: Request for the king. B: The cistern.

[62]Zedekiah consults Jeremiah again  (Jer 38:14-28)
 
  A(38:14-16)  
"you will have me killed, will you not? (38:15)"   
(המת)
    B(38:17-18)    Prophecy of Jeremiah
      C(38:19)      The king's concern
    B'(38:20-23)    Prophecy of Jeremiah
  A'(38:24-28)  
"Let no one know about this conversation, or you shall die (38:24)"   
(תמות)
 
   A: To kill Jeremiah. B: Prophecy of Jeremiah. C: The king's concern.

Jer 38:1-28
  A(38:1-5)  This man ought to be put to death (38:4)
    B(38:6)    Jeremiah sank into the mud (38:6)
      C(38:7-12)      draw the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern before he should die (38:10)
        D(38:13)        Jeremiah remained in the quarters of the guard (38:13)
  A'(38:14-18)  you will have me killed (38:15)
    B'(38:19)    I may be handed over to them, and they will mistreat me (38:19)
      C'(38:20-27)      Let no one know about this conversation, or you shall die (38:24)
        D'(38:28)        Jeremiah stayed in the quarters of the guard till the day Jerusalem was taken (38:28)

[63]The fall of Jerusalem  (Jer 39:1-14)
 
  A(39:1-3)  all his army marched against Jerusalem and besieged it (39:1)
    B(39:4-7)    He then blinded Zedekiah and bound him in chains to bring him to Babylon (39:7)
    B'(39:8-10)    Nebuzaradan deported to Babylon the rest of the people left in the city (39:9)
  A'(39:11-14)  had Jeremiah taken out of the quarters of the guard (39:14)
 
   A: Siege / release. B: The captivity.

[64]Jeremiah, set free, remembers Ebed-melech  (Jer 39:15-18)
 
P(39:15)Jeremiah was still imprisoned in the quarters of the guard (39:15)
  A(39:16)  
they shall be accomplished in your presence on that day (39:16)   
(ביוםההוא)
  A'(39:17)  
on that day I will rescue you (39:17)   
(ביוםההוא)
 
   A: On that day.

[65]Jeremiah is released  (Jer 40:1-6)
 
  A(40:1)  This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after Nebuzaradan had released him (40:1)
    B(40:2-5)    Words of Nebuzaradan
  A'(40:6)  Jeremiah went to Gedaliah (40:6)
 
   A: Movement of Jeremiah. B: Words of Nebuzaradan.

[66]Jeremiah with Gedaliah the governor  (Jer 40:7-16)
 
  A(40:7-8)  Ishmael had come
    B(40:9-10)    
"They were to collect the wine, the fruit, and the oil (40:10)"   
(ייןוקיץ)
    B'(40:11-12)    
They went to Gedaliah at Mizpah and had a rich harvest of wine and fruit (40:12)   
(ייןוקיץ)
  A'(40:13-16)  Ishmael's plot to kill others
 
   A: Ishmael. B: The wine, the fruit.

[67]Insurrection against Gedaliah  (Jer 41:1-18)
 
  A(41:1-3)  they killed him (41:2)
    B(41:4-6)    Ishmael went out from Mizpah to meet them (41:6)
      C(41:7-10)      Ishmael slew them and threw them into the cistern (41:7)
    B'(41:11-15)    All of those whom Ishmael had brought away from Mizpah (41:14)
  A'(41:16-18)  Ishmael had slain Gedaliah (41:18)
 
   A: Death of Gedaliah. B: People of captivity. C: Murder.

[68]Jeremiah advises survivors not to migrate  (Jer 42:1-22)
 
  A(42:1-6)  we will truly and faithfully follow all the instructions the LORD, your God, will send us (42:5)
    B'(42:7-17)    Prophecy of Jeremiah
  A'(42:18-22)  make known to us all that the LORD shall say, and we will do it (42:20)
 
   A: Oath of the people. B: Prophecy of Jeremiah.

[69]Escape to Egypt  (Jer 43:1-7)
 
  A(43:1-3)  Objection of Johanan
    B(43:4)    people did not obey the LORD'S command (43:4)
  A'(43:5-6)  Johanan gathered people
    B'(43:7)    Against the LORD'S command they went to Egypt (43:7)
 
   A: Acts of Johanan. B: Not to obey the LORD'S command.

[70]Jeremiah warns of judgment  (Jer 43:8-13)
 
  A(43:8-9)  Take with you large stones (43:9)
    B(43:10)    I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar (43:10)
      C(43:11)      Pestilence, exile and sword
    B'(43:12)    he shall delouse the land of Egypt and depart victorious (43:12)
  A'(43:13)  He shall smash the obelisks of the temple of the sun in the land of Egypt (43:13)
 
   A: Stones. B: Coming / leaving. C: Pestilence, exile and sword.

[71]Denunciation of persistent idolatry  (Jer 44:1-30)
 
  A(44:1-6)  I kept sending to you all my servants the prophets, with the plea not to commit this horrible deed which I hate (44:4)
    B(44:7-10)    
they do not fear or follow the law and the statutes (44:10)   
(בתורתי)
      C(44:11-14)      
"they shall die by the sword, or by hunger (44:12)"   
(בחרבברעב)
  A'(44:15-19)  We will not listen to what you say in the name of the LORD (44:16)
    B'(44:20-23)    
"not living by his law, his statutes, and his decrees (44:23)"   
(ובתרתו)
      C'(44:24-30)      
All the men of Judah in Egypt shall perish by the sword or famine (44:27)   
(בחרבוברעב)
 
   A: To refuse prophets. B: To refuse the law. C: The sword or famine.

[72]A word of comfort to Baruch  (Jer 45:1-5)
 
  A(45:1-3)  the LORD adds grief to my pain (45:3)
    B(45:4)     I am uprooting: even the whole land (45:4)
      C(45:5a)      Do not ask (45:5)
    B'(45:5b)    I am bringing evil on all mankind (45:5)
  A'(45:5c)  your life I will leave you as booty, wherever you may go (45:5)
 
   A: Sufferings of Baruch. B: Sufferings of the whole land. C: Do not ask.

[73]Judgment on Egypt  (Jer 46:1-12)
 
P(46:1-2)the word of the LORD that came to the prophet Jeremiah (46:1)
  A(46:3-4)  
Prepare shield and buckler! (46:3)   
(מגן)
    B(46:5-6)    
They flee headlong without making a stand (46:5)   
(וגבוריהם)
  A'(46:7-9)  
bearing your shields (46:9)   
(מגן)
    B'(46:10-12)    
"Warrior trips over warrior, both fall together (46:12)"   
(גבור)
 
   A: To prepare shields. B: Warriors fall.

[74]Babylonia will strike Egypt  (Jer 46:13-28)
 
  A(46:13-15)  the sword has already devoured your neighbors (46:14)
    B(46:16-17)    
let us return to our own people (46:16)   
(ונשׁבה)
      C(46:18-19)      Memphis shall become a desert, an empty ruin (46:19)
        D(46:20)        
from the north a horsefly lights upon her (46:20)   
(מצפון)
          E(46:21-23)          When the day of their ruin comes upon them (46:21)
        D'(46:24)        
handed over to the people of the north (46:24)   
(צפון)
      C'(46:25-26)      later on Egypt shall be inhabited again (46:26)
    B'(46:27)    
I will deliver you from the far-off land (46:27)   
(ושׁב)
  A'(46:28)   I will make an end of all the nations to which I have driven you (46:28)
 
   A: Destruction. B: To return. C: Inhabitants. D: From north. E: The day of ruin.

[75]Judgment on nations  (Jer 47:1-49:33)
 
  A(47:1-5)  
the day which has come to ruin all the Philistines (47:4)   
(לשׁדוד)
    B(47:6-7)    
"Return into your scabbard; stop, be still! (47:6)"   
(תשׁקטי)
      C(48:1-11)      giving wings to Moab (48:9)
        D(48:12-39)        
"We have heard of the pride of Moab, pride beyond bounds: His loftiness, his pride, his scorn, his insolence of heart (48:29)"   
(גבהו)
          E(48:40-47)          I will bring these things upon Moab in the year of their punishment (48:44)
            F(49:1-6)            Israel shall inherit those who disinherited her (49:2)
          E'(49:7-11)          I will bring destruction upon Esau when I come to punish him (49:8)
        D'(49:12-19)        
Though you build your nest high as the eagle (49:16)   
(תגביה)
      C'(49:20-22)      like an eagle he soars aloft, and spreads his wings over Bozrah (49:22)
    B'(49:23-27)    
all her warriors shall be stilled (49:26)   
(השׁקט)
  A'(49:28-33)  
"Rise up, attack Kedar, ravage the Easterners (49:28)"   
(שׁדד)
 
   A: Destruction. B: Silence. C: To fly. D: Loftiness. E: Punishment. F: Vengeance.

Jer 48:1-48:47
  A(48:1-8)  Moab's glory is no more (48:2)
    B(48:9-11)    Give wings to Moab (48:9)
      C(48:12-16)      shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles (48:12 RWB)
        D(48:17-25)        All ye that are about him, bemoan him (48:17 RWB)
          E(48:26-30)          We have heard the pride of Moab (48:29 RWB)
        D'(48:31-34)        I will cry out for all Moab (48:31 RWB)
      C'(48:35-39)      I have broken Moab like a vessel (48:38 RWB)
    B'(48:40-42)    Behold, like an eagle he soars, spreads his wings over Moab (48:40)
  A'(48:43-47)  I will change the lot of Moab in the days to come (48:47)

[76]Judgment on Elam  (Jer 49:34-39)
 
  A(49:34)  at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah (49:34)
    B(49:35-36)    Elam refugees
      C(49:37a)      I will bring evil upon them (49:37)
    B'(49:37b-38)    destruction of the aristocracy and the king of Elam
  A'(49:39)  In the final days (49:39)
 
   A: Beginning / end. B: The people. C: I will bring evil upon them.

[77]Judgment on Babylon  (Jer 50:1-51:58)
 
  A(50:1-5)  Announce and publish it among the nations (50:2)
    B(50:6-7)    their shepherds misled them, straggling on the mountains (50:6)
      C(50:8-16)      Before the destroying sword, each of them turns to his own people (50:16)
        D(50:17)        A stray sheep was Israel that lions pursued (50:17)
          E(50:18-21)          
I will punish the king of Babylon and his land (50:18)   
(פקד)
            F(50:22-27)            Come upon her from every side, open her granaries, Pile up her goods in heaps (50:26)
              G(50:28-30)              her young men shall fall in her streets, all her warriors shall perish on that day (50:30)
                H(50:31-32)                
"I am against you, man of insolence (50:31)"   
(הנניאליך)
                  I(50:33-37)                  A sword upon
                    J(50:38-46)                    For who is like me? (50:44)
                      K(51:1-14)                      Babylon suddenly falls and is crushed (51:8)
                    J'(51:15-19)                    Not like these is the portion of Jacob (51:19)
                  I'(51:20-24)                  A hammer
                H'(51:25-26)                
"I am against you, destroying mountain (51:25)"   
(הנניאליך)
              G'(51:27-32)              Babylon's warriors have ceased to fight, they remain in their strongholds (51:30)
            F'(51:33-35)            Daughter Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time it is trodden; Yet a little while, and the harvest time will come for her (51:33)
          E'(51:36-44)          
I will punish Bel in Babylon (51:44)   
(ופקדתי)
        D'(51:45-51)        Babylon, too, must fall, O slain of Israel (51:49)
      C'(51:52-53)      destroyers from me shall reach her (51:53)
    B'(51:54-57)    I will make her princes and her wise men drunk (51:57)
  A'(51:58)  The toil of the nations is for nothing (51:58)
 
   A: The nations. B: Shephards. C: Destruction. D: Destruction of Israel. E: Punishment. F: Crops. G: Abandonment of combat. H: Against. I: Weapons. J: Who is like God? K: Babylon suddenly falls.

[78]Jeremiah's command to Seraiah  (Jer 51:59-64)
 
P(51:59-60)all the misfortune that was to befall Babylon (51:60)
  A1(51:61-62)  Instruction of Jeremiah
  A2(51:63-64)  Instruction of Jeremiah
 
   A: Instruction of Jeremiah.

[79]The reign of Zedekiah  (Jer 52:1-11)
 
  A(52:1-3)  Indeed, what was done in Jerusalem and in Judah so angered the LORD that he cast them out from his presence (52:3)
    B(52:4-8)    Capitulation of Jerusalem
  A'(52:9-11)  The king, therefore, was arrested and brought to Riblah, in the land of Hamath, to the king of Babylon (52:9)
 
   A: Judgement. B: Capitulation of Jerusalem.

[80]The destruction of Jerusalem  (Jer 52:12-30)
 
  A(52:12-16)  
Then Nebuzaradan led into exile the rest of the people left in the city (52:15)   
(הגלה)
    B(52:17-23)    Destruction of the vessels of the temple
  A'(52:24-30)  
Thus was Judah exiled from her land (52:27)   
(ויגל)
 
   A: Captivity. B: Destruction of the vessels of the temple.

[81]Jehoiachin favored in captivity  (Jer 52:31-34)
 
 
   Jehoiachin, king of Judah (52:31)


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