PSALM 31:6-14

A (6) I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I TRUST in Yahweh.

B (7) I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for THOU HAST CONSIDERED my trouble;

C (7,8) THOU HAST KNOWN my soul in adversities; And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

D (9) Have mercy upon me, O Yahweh, for I AM IN TROUBLE :

E (9) mine eye IS CONSUMED with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

F (10) For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing:

E1 (10) my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones ARE CONSUMED .

D1 (11) I was a reproach among all mine ENEMIES ,

C1 (11) but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine ACQUAINTANCE :

B1 (11, 12) THEY THAT DID SEE me without fled from me. I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

A1 (13, 14) For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. But I TRUSTED in thee, O Yahweh: I said, Thou art my God.

2 thoughts on “PSALM 31:6-14”

  1. This chiasm extends into v 5 and v15 with the word hand

    5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

    15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

  2. The word “hand” also occurs in verse 8 so this does not fit with a chiastic pattern. However, a larger chiasm is identifiable with trust (vv. 1, 19 – note, a different Hebrew word from vv. 6,14) and “ashamed” (vv. 1, 17). Then there is a choice of two pairs, “deliver” (vv. 2,15) or “save” (vv. 2, 16).

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