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Here’s a chiasmus from the site How the Bible Fits Together:

I’ve changed the center from a double to a single. 

I rather like the center.  The idea of a ‘turning hinge’ seems fitting for the center of a chiasmus, since a chiasmus does just that:  ‘turns at its center’.  Nice touch by its author.


A    10 Like an   archer   who wounds everyone,  /  so is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

B    11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.

C    12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

D    13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square!”

E    14 As the door turns on its hinges, So does the sluggard on his bed.

D’   15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.

C’   16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give a discreet answer.

B’   17 Like one who takes a dog by the ears is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.

A’   18 Like a madman who throws firebrands,   arrows   and death, 19  /  So is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, “Was I not joking?”


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1    (a)    20    Wisdom shouts    (b)    in the street,    

2    (a’)    She lifts her voice    (b’)    in the square;   

1′   (b)    21  At the head of the noisy streets    (a)    she cries out;   

2′   (b’)    At the entrance of the gates in the city,    (a’)    she utters her sayings:

B    22  “How long, O naive ones, will you love simplicity? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?

C    23  “Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit  /  on you; I will make my words known to you.


1    24  “Because I called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention

2    25  And you neglected  /  all my counsel, And did not want  /  my reproof;


(a)    26  I will even laugh    (b)    at your calamity;

(a’)    I will mock     (b’)    when your dread comes,

(b’)    27  When your dread comes    (a’)    like a storm,

(b)    And your calamity comes on    (a)    like a whirlwind,


1’    When distress and anguish come on you. 

28  “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me

2’    29  Because they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of the LORD. 

30  “They would not accept  /  my counsel, They spurned  /  all my reproof

C’   31  “So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, And be satiated with their own devices.

B’   32  “For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them, And the complacency of fools shall destroy them.

A’   33  “But he who listens to me shall live securely, And shall be at ease from the dread of evil.

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A    10  An excellent wife, who can find?

B    For her worth is far above jewels.

C    11  The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.  12  She does him good and not evil.  All the days of her life.

D    13  She looks for wool and flax, And works with her hands in delight.  14  She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.  15  She rises also while it is still night, And gives food to her household, And portions to her maidens.  16  She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard.  17  She girds herself with strength, And makes her arms strong.  18  She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.  19  She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.

E    20  She extends her hand to the poor;

F    And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

G    21  She is not afraid of the snow for her household,

H    For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

I    22  She makes coverings for herself;

J   Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

K    23  Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.

J’   24  She makes linen garments and sells them,

I’   And supplies belts to the tradesmen.

H’   25  Strength and dignity are her clothing,

G’   And she smiles at the future.

F’   26  She opens her mouth in wisdom,

E’   And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

D’   27  She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

C’   28  Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:  29  “Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.”

B’   30  Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,

A’   But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

[Conclusion (outside of the chiasmus):]   31  Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.

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