PSALM 66:13-17

A (13, 14) I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, Which my lips have uttered, and MY MOUTH hath spoken, when I was in trouble.

B (15) I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I WILL OFFER bullocks with goats. Selah.

C (16) Come and hear,

B1 (16) all ye that fear God, and I will declare what HE HATH DONE for my soul.

A1 (17) I cried unto him with MY MOUTH, and he was extolled with my tongue.


Is this chiasmus as suggested here `rightly divided’? The central clause may appear to be `forced’ on the structure. Surely it should at least be “Come and hear all ye that fear God”? However, the Hebrew has “and I will declare” before “all ye that fear”. The phrase “Come and hear” is separated from the following words by “and”.

In fact there is no “and” between “Come” and “hear”. It’s a distinct appeal to `Come! Hear!’ This contrasts with the psalmist speaking in verses 14 and 17. God had “done” in response to what the psalmist had spoken and done but the emphasis in this section as indicated by the chiastic structure is on the readers hearing.

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