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Chiasmus from here:

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…  7  Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And it came about, that everyone who sought the LORD would go out to the tent of meeting which was outside the camp.  8  And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent.  9  And it came about, whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the LORD would speak with Moses.  10  When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent. 

11  Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.  12  Then Moses said to the LORD, “See, Thou dost say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But Thou Thyself hast not let me know whom Thou wilt send with me. 

A    Moreover, Thou hast said , ‘I have known you by name,

B    and you have also found favor in My sight.’

C    13  “Now therefore, I pray Thee,   (a)   if I have found favor in Thy sight,   (b)   let me know Thy ways,   (b’)   that I may know Thee,   (a’)   so that I may find favor in Thy sight.

   Consider too, that this nation is Thy people.”

E    14  And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”

F    15  Then he said to Him, “If Thy presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.

E’    16  “For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Thy sight, I and Thy people?  Is it not by Thy going with us,

D’   so that we, I and Thy people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”

C’   17  And the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken;

B’   for you have found favor in My sight,

A’   and I have known you by name.”

18  Then Moses said, “I pray Thee, show me Thy glory!”  19  And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”  20  But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”  21  Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock;  22  and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.  23  “Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”

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Here’s a chiasmus by Dr. Daniel Newman.  His blog is Ad Trinitatum.    Once again, a deserving center.  Nice.

I’ve surrounded the chiasmus with a few extra verses to give it some context.

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6:1  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for under compulsion he shall let them go, and under compulsion he shall drive them out of his land.”  2  God spoke further to Moses and said to him,

A    “I am the LORD;

B    3  and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them.  4  “And I also established My covenant with them, to give them  the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned.

C    5  “And furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage; and I have remembered My covenant.  6  “Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the LORD,  /  and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.

D    7  ‘Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God;

C’    and you shall know that I am the LORD your God,  /  who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

B’    8  ‘And I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you  /  for a possession;

A’   I am the LORD.'”

9  So Moses spoke thus to the sons of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses on account of their despondency and cruel bondage.  10  Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,  11  “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the sons of Israel go out of his land.”  12  But Moses spoke before the LORD, saying, “Behold, the sons of Israel have not listened to me; how then will Pharaoh listen to me, for I am unskilled in speech?”  13  Then the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and gave them a charge to the sons of Israel and to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

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