The Literary Structure of Jeremiah 29:4-11

Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel. . .(koh amar Yehovah Tsbaoht, Elohe Yisrael) (Jeremiah 29:4)

“Build houses and dwell; plant gardens and eat fruit. Take wives and father sons and daughters; Take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they my bear sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. (Jeremiah 29:5-6)

And seek the peace (shalom) of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, Jer. 29:7a

For in its peace (shalom), you will be in peace (shalom).”  Jer. 29:7b


For thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel. . . (ki koh amar Yehovah Tsbaoht, Elohe Yisrael . . .) Jeremiah 29:8a

“Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you dream. Jeremiah 29:8

For falsely they prophesy in My name. I have not sent them,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29:9


Thus says the LORD. . .(koh amar Yehovah) Jeremiah 29:10a

“When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. Jeremiah 29:10b

For I know the thoughts (machashaboht)  I have for you,” declares the Lord, “thoughts (macshboht) of peace (shalom) and not of evil, to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

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