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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

Outline.

There is no obvious structure to the work, merely the association of ideas.

  • Introduction ( 6:1 )

  • Address to the exiles in Babylon; prophecy of their long stay there and eventual return ( 6:2–3 )

  • Warning to avoid idols in Babylon and to maintain faith with the Lord ( 6:4–7 )

  • Satirical denunciation of idols, focusing on their utter impotence and the tainted service offered by their worshippers ( 6:8–72 )

  • Conclusion, reiterating the warning to keep away from idolatry ( 6:73 )

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