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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Book of Lamentations

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of whole text


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1 The first song (1:1-22)
  2 The second song (2:1-22)
    3 The third song (3:1-66)
  4 The fourth song (4:1-22)
5 The fifth song (5:1-22)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 The first song (1:1-22)
Through the sin of which she is guilty, Jerusalem is defiled (1:8)
Sins of Jerusalem5 The fifth song (5:1-22)
woe to us, for we have sinned (5:16)
2 The second song (2:1-22)
Over the tent of daughter Zion he poured out his wrath like fire (2:4)
Wrath of the LORD4 The fourth song (4:1-22)
The LORD has spent his anger, poured out his blazing wrath; (4:11)

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