Jeremiah 23 notes
Literary patterns for the three oracles, verses 1-8.
Oracle 1 of 3
 1 ¶ Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
 2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
 3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
.4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
A Woe to shepherds destroying the flock, v1.
   B You yourselves scattered, have not taken care of my flock v2a.
      C Behold I will take care of you, v2b.
   B' I myself will gather, bring back my flock, v3.
A' I will raise up shepherds who will shepherd, v4.
Oracle 2
 5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
A God will raise up a legitimate/righteous ruler, v5a-c.
  B This king will reign prudently / have success, (v5d)
     C He will bring justice and righteousness, v5e-f.
   B' Judah/Israel will be delivered and be secure, v6a-b
A' God will name him "Yahweh our Righteousness," v6c-d.
Oracle 3
 7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
 8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
1 An old oath: Yahweh brought up Israel from Egypt, v7.
2. A new oath: Yahweh brought back the seed of Israel from exile, v8a.
3. Again they dwell in their own land, v8b.
Literary patterns © 2002, Kenneth Mulzac
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