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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Baruch

Chiastic Structure and Concentric Structure and Parallel of each pericope

[1]Preface  (Ba1:1-9)
  A(1:1-4)  1:4 to the nobles and the sons of the king, and to the elders; to the whole people (1:4)
    B(1:5-7)    1:5 They wept and fasted and prayed before the LORD, (1:5)
  A'(1:8-9)  1:9 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had deported Jeconiah from Jerusalem to Babylon, together with the princes, the metalworkers, the nobles and the common people (1:9)
   A: The people of Israel. B: Conversion.

[2]Confession of sins  (Ba1:10-2:10)
  A(1:10-13)  1:11 and pray for the life of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and that of Belshazzar, his son, that their lifetimes may equal the duration of the heavens above the earth;(1:11)
    B(1:14-16)    1:15 Justice is with the LORD, our God; and we today are flushed with shame, we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem, (1:15)
      C(1:17-20)      1:18 and disobeyed him. We have neither heeded the voice of the LORD, our God, nor followed the precepts which the LORD set before us. (1:18)
      C'(1:21-2:2)      1:21 For we did not heed the voice of the LORD, our God, in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us, (1:21)
    B'(2:6)    2:6 Saving justice is the Lord's; we and our ancestors have only the look of shame we bear today (2:6)
  A'(2:7-10)  2:8 and we did not plead before the LORD, or turn, each from the figments of his evil heart. (2:8)
   A: Prayer. B: Shame. C: Betrayal.

[3]Prayer for deliverance  (Ba2:11-3:8)
  A(2:11-18)  2:13 Let your anger turn from us (2:13)
    B(2:19-23)    The words of the LORD
      C(2:24-26)      2:26 And you reduced the house which bears your name to what it is today, for the wickedness of the kingdom of Israel and the kingdom of Judah.(2:26)
    B'(2:27-35)    The words of the LORD
  A'(3:1-8)  3:2 Hear, O LORD, for you are a God of mercy; and have mercy on us, who have sinned against you: (3:2)
   A: Prayer. B: The words of the LORD. C: Punishment.

[4]In praise of wisdom  (Ba3:9-38)
  A(3:9-13)  3:9 Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life: listen, and know prudence! (3:9)
    B(3:14-18)    3:15 who has found out where she lives, who has entered her treasure house? (3:15)
      C(3:19-23)      3:20 the way to understanding they have not known, (3:20)
  A'(3:24-28)  3:24 O Israel, how vast is the house of God, how broad the scope of his dominion:(3:24)
    B'(3:29-35)    3:29 Who has gone up to the heavens and taken her, or brought her down from the clouds? (3:29)
      C'(3:36-38)      3:37 He has uncovered the whole way of knowledge (3:37)
   A: Calling to Israel. B: Who? C: The way of knowledge.

[5]Encouragement for Israel  (Ba4:1-5:9)
  A(4:1-4)  4:2 Turn back, Jacob, seize her, in her radiance make your way to light: (4:2)
    B(4:5-8)    4:5 Fear not, my people! Remember, Israel, (4:5)
      C(4:9-29)      Words of Jerusalem
    B(4:30-35)    4:30 Fear not, Jerusalem! He who gave you your name is your encouragement. (4:30)
  A(4:36-5:9)  4:37 Here come your sons whom you once let go (4:37)
   A: To return. B: Fear not. C: Words of Jerusalem.

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