In this entry I’ll be placing lots of small chiasmi. Small chiasmi are not my primary focus so it may take some time to ‘fill this up’.
A This is the account of the heavens
B and the earth
C when they were created,
C’ in the day that the LORD God made
A’ and heaven.
Therefore he [Me: Pharoah] treated Abram well for her [Me: Sarai's] sake; and gave him
A sheep and oxen
B and [Me: male] donkeys
C and male [Me: servants]
C’ and female servants
B’ and female donkeys
A’ and camels.
6 So Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite spoke out and said,
A “I am young in years and you are old; Therefore I was shy and afraid to tell you what I think.
B 7 “I thought age should speak, And increased years should teach wisdom.
C 8 “But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.
B’ 9 “The abundant in years may not be wise, Nor may elders understand justice.
A’ 10 “So I say, ‘Listen to me, I too will tell what I think.’
A The heavens
C the glory of God -
C’ the work of his hands
A’ the sky.
A Bless, O my soul,
B the Lord
C And all that is within me,
B’ the name of His holiness,
A’ bless, O my soul.
A 19 He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life,
B And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.
B’ 20 The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD,
A’ But the blameless in their walk are His delight.
A Woe to those who call evil
B’ and good
A Who substitute darkness
B for light
B’ and light
A’ for darkness;
A Who substitute bitter
B for sweet,
B’ and sweet
A’ for bitter!
A “Render the hearts of this people insensitive,
B Their ears dull,
C And their eyes dim,
C’ Lest they see with their eyes,
B’ Hear with their ears,
A’ Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed.”
A 1 The sin of Judah
B is written down
C with an iron stylus;
C’ with a diamond point
B’ it is engraved upon the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars,
A’ 2 As they remember their children, So they remember their altars and their Asherim By green trees on the high hills … 3 … your high places for sin …
A Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?
B Shall I redeem them from death?
B’ O Death, where are your thorns?
A’ O Sheol, where is your sting?
A 11 “Then I raised up some of your sons to be prophets
B And some of your young men to be Nazirites.
C Is this not so, O sons of Israel?” declares the LORD.
B’ 12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine,
A’ And you commanded the prophets saying, ‘You shall not prophesy!’
A Let roll down
B like waters
C’ and righteousness
B’ like a stream
A’ ever flowing
A “But many who are first
B will be last;
B’ and the last,
A “And whoever exalts himself
B shall be humbled;
B’ and whoever humbles himself
A’ shall be exalted.
A “No servant can serve two masters;
B for either he will hate the one,
C and love the other,
C’ or else he will hold to one,
B’ and despise the other.
A’ You cannot serve God and mammon.”
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
A that though He was rich,
B yet for your sake He became poor,
B’ that you through His poverty
A’ might become rich.
A 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith;
B and that not of yourselves,
C it is the gift of God;
B’ 9 not as a result of works,
A’ that no one should boast.
A 15 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife,
B but some also from good will;
B’ 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;
A’ 17 the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.
A Now the God of peace Himself,
B sanctify you completely
C and entirely your spirit and soul and body
B’ without blame
A’ at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A No one who is born of God
B practices sin,
C because His seed abides in him;
B’ and he cannot sin,
A’ because he is born of God.
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David,
A who opens
B and no one will shut,
B’ and who shuts
A’ and no one opens,
says this …