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Ezra 8:15-34

A. 15 And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi.

B. 16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of understanding (ben). 17 And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.

A’. 18 And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding (sekel), of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen; 19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons, twenty;

B’. 20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.

A. 21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

B. 22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way:

B’. because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

A’. 23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

A. 24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them, 25 And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which the king, and his counsellors, and his LORDs, and all Israel there present, had offered: 26 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, and of gold an hundred talents; 27 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.

B. 28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the LORD; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the LORD God of your fathers. 29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chief of the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the LORD. 30 So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God.

C. 31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem:

D. and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.

C’. 32 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.

B’. 33 Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;

A’. 34 By number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at that time.

 

1 Samuel 11

Ben Thompson suggests the following structure.

The key is the link between “reproach” in verse 2 and the reference to Gilgal (v14) where Israel’s reproach was rolled away (Josh 5:9). There is a parallel between the oxen cut up in pieces and sent through Israel and the coming together of Israel and Judah as  “One Man”. Contrast the Ammonites who were scattered “so that two of them were not left together” (v11).

A. 1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee. 2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.

B. 3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days’ respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee.
4 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept.

C. 5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh. 6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly. 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen.

C’. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent (as one man). 8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

B’. 9 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabeshgilead, To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad. 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To morrow we will come out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you. 11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together.

A’. 12 And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death. 13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel. 14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there. 15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

Nehemiah 4-6

We have previously posted a large scale pattern from Nehemiah 3-7 with chapter 5 as the centre. Here are some other details about chapters 4 and 6. The work on the wall is divided up into four sections by the reports received by Sanballat and the other adversaries.

1. Report that the building work on the wall had begun.
A. 4:1 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews …

2. Report that the work is progressing well.
4:7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,  8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it …

3. Report that the breaches in the  wall were filled.
A. 6:1 Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)

4. Report that the work was completed.
A. 6:15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. 16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God …

 

Ezra 7-8

Note: both chapter describe Ezra going to Jerusalem. Ch 7 briefly refers to Levites and Nethinim going with him. Ch 8 explains the lengths Ezra had to go to to get them.  Ch 7 includes the letter of permission that allowed Ezra to go and starts a parallel section with the first part of ch 7.

A. Ezra given permission to go to Jerusalem
7:1  Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah  …  6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

B. Levites and Nethinim go up with Ezra
7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

C. Departure from Babylon and Arrival at Jerusalem
8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.  9 For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him. 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

A’. Ezra given permission to go to Jerusalem
11 Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest …  to go up to Jerusalem  …  27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem: 28 And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king’s mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me. 8:1 These are now the chief of their fathers, and this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king. …

B’. Levites and Nethinim  go up with Ezra
15 And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days … 8 And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel … 20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.

C’. Departure from Babylon and Arrival at Jerusalem
21 …  31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way. 32 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days …

2 Chronicles 3:1-5:1

Note: This section describes the house of God that Solomon built. The inside is lined with gold. Outside the material is bronze/brass. There does appear to be a chiasm of  materials, and in the centre is a note about gold lamp standsA, tables and basins pit inside. Any thoughts?

A. Beginning to build

a. 1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD

b. at Jerusalem in mount Moriah,

c. where the LORD appeared unto David his father,

 c’. in the place that David had prepared

b’. in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.

a’. 2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign.

B. The House  – inside  gold – 3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. 4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.  5 And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains. 6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim. 7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls.  8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents. 9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold. 10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold.

a. 11 And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long:

b. one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall  of the house:

c. and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub.

b’. 12 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: 

c’. and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cherub.

a’. 13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward.

The Veil
14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.

C. Outside he House –  Brass

a. 15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.

b. 16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars;

c. and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.

a’. 17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.

4:1 Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.

a. 2 Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

b. 3 And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast.

c. 4 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east:

b’. and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.

a’. 5 And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths.

6 He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.

D. Vessels and furniture  to go inside the house – gold – 7 And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left. 8 He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side, and five on the left. And he made an hundred basons of gold.

C’. Outside the house – brass – 9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass. 10 And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the south. 11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God; 12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars; 13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars. 14 He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases; 15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it. 16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of the LORD of bright brass. 17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah. 18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out.

B’. For inside the house, the Instruments of gold –  19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was set; 20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold; 21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold; 22 And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.

A’. Finishing the building – 5:1 Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.

2 Chronicles 5:2-7:10

Note: following previous posts on 2 Chronicles 1-9  I have tried to set out the parallels between chs  5 and 7. There are clear similarities between all but one element. The bringing of the ark into the temple does not appear to have an equivalent in  ch 7. The order of – assembly, sacrifice, singing and glory – is reversed but the record of the nearly empty ark stands alone. Perhaps the point is to emphasise that God is in heaven (ch 6) not in earthly temples (Isa 66:1); the glory came down from heaven and was not attached to the ark as they brought it in to the temple.

A. 5:2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. 3 And all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast that is in the seventh month. 4 And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. 5 And they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up.

B. 6 And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.

C. 7 Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. 8 The cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles. 9 And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the Holy Place before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from outside. And they area there to this day. 10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.

D. 11 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves, without regard to their divisions, 12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; 13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,”

E. the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.

F. 6:1-42 Solomon’s prayer

E’. 7:1 As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. 2 And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’s house.

D’. 3 When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” 4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifice before the LORD. 5 King Solomon offered as a sacrifice 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 6 The priests stood at their posts; the Levites also, with the instruments for music to the LORD that King David had made for giving thanks to the LORD—for his steadfast love endures forever—whenever David offered praises by their ministry; opposite them the priests sounded trumpets, and all Israel stood.

C’. No equivalent

B’. 7And Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD, for there he offered the burnt offering and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar Solomon had made could not hold the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat.

A’. 8 At that time Solomon held the feast for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly, from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of Egypt. 9 And on the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for they had kept the dedication of the altar seven days and the feast seven days. 10 On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their homes, joyful and glad of heart for the prosperity that the LORD had granted to David and to Solomon and to Israel his people.

2 Chronicles 11

Note: though Rehoboam strengthen his fortresses (v11,12) it was the presence of faithful priests and levites that strengthened the kingdom (v17).

A. 1 When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 chosen warriors, to fight against Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.

B. 2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God: “Say to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, 4 ‘Thus says the LORD, You shall not go up or fight against your relatives. Return every man to his home, for this thing is from me.’”

B’. So they listened to the word of the LORD and returned and did not go against Jeroboam.

A’. 5 Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem, and he built cities for defense in Judah. 6 He built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, 7 Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam, 8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, 9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, 10 Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron, fortified cities that are in Judah and in Benjamin.

A. 11 He made the fortresses strong (hezek), and put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine. 12 And he put shields and spears in all the cities and made them very strong (hezek). So he held Judah and Benjamin.

B. 13 And the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel presented themselves to him from all places where they lived.14 For the Levites left their common lands and their holdings and came to Judah and Jerusalem,

C. because Jeroboam and his sons cast them out from serving as priests of the LORD,15 and he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat idols and for the calves that he had made.

B’. 16 And those who had set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their fathers.

A’. 17 They strengthened (hezek) the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they made Rehoboam the son of Solomon secure, for they walked for three years in the way of David and Solomon.

A. 18 Rehoboam took as wife Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David, and of Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse, 19 and she bore him sons, Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham.

B. 20 After her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith.

C. 21 Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and concubines (he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and fathered twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters).

B’. 22 And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah as chief prince among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.

A’. 23 And he dealt wisely and distributed some of his sons through all the districts of Judah and Benjamin, in all the fortified cities, and he gave them abundant provisions and procured wives for them.

2 Chronicles 10

A. 1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king.

B. 2 And as soon as Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), then Jeroboam returned from Egypt. 3 And they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all Israel came and said to Rehoboam, 4 “Your father made our yoke heavy. Now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke on us, and we will serve you.”

C. 5 He said to them, “Come to me again in three days.” So the people went away.

D. 6 Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” 7 And they said to him, “If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”

E. 8 But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him. 9 And he said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?” 10 And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus shall you speak to the people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you lighten it for us’; thus shall you say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s thighs. 11 And now, whereas my father laid on you a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’

C’. 12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king said, “Come to me again the third day.”

D’. 13 And the king answered them harshly; and forsaking the counsel of the old men,

E’. 14 King Rehoboam spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.”

B’. 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of affairs brought about by God that the LORD might fulfill his word, which he spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.16 And when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, “What portion have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Each of you to your tents, O Israel! Look now to your own house, David.” So all Israel went to their tents. 17 But Rehoboam reigned over the people of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah.

A’. 18Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was taskmaster over the forced labor, and the people of Israel stoned him to death with stones. And King Rehoboam quickly mounted his chariot to flee to Jerusalem. 19So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

Psalm 105

Note: the structure of this psalm is not very clear  but there are close parallels between verses 5-11 and 42-45, with repetition of “Abraham his servant”, “remember” and other key words. Vv 5-15 have to do with the time of the patriarchs. There are several repetitions. The idea moves from the covenants to the providential care of the early fathers in the time of their sojourning.  Vv 16-22 refer to Joseph and there is inversion of events rather than words. The list of the plagues of Egypt does not follow the chronological order of Exodus and two plagues are omitted – pestilence and boils. The reason for this change is to be deciphered. 

A. A call to praise YHWH

a. 1 O give thanks unto the LORD;

b.call upon his name:

c. make known his deeds among the people.

d. 2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him:

c’. talk ye of all his wondrous works.

b’. 3 Glory ye in his holy name:

a’. let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
4 Seek the LORD, and his strength:
seek his face evermore.

B. The Covenant with Abraham remembered.

a. 5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done;
his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

b. 6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant,
ye children of Jacob his chosen.

a’. 7 He is Yahweh our God:
his judgments are in all the earth.

2a. 8 he hath remembered his covenant for ever,
the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

2b. 9 Which covenant he made with Abraham,
and his oath unto Isaac;

2a’. 10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law,
and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:

3a. 11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan,
the lot of your inheritance:

3b. 12 When they were but a few men in number;
yea, very few, and strangers in it.

3c. 13 When they went from one nation to another,
from one kingdom to another people;

3b’. He suffered no man to do them wrong:
yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;

3a’. 15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed,
and do my prophets no harm.

C. Joseph and Israel come into Egypt and are preserved

a. 16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land:
he brake the whole staff of bread.
17 He sent a man before them,
even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

b’. 18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters:
he was laid in iron:

c. 19 Until the time that his word came:
the word of the LORD tried him.

d’. 20 The king sent and loosed him;
even the ruler of the people,
and let him go free.

a’. 21 He made him lord of his house,
and ruler of all his substance:
22 To bind his princes at his pleasure;
and teach his senators wisdom.

2a. 23 Israel also came into Egypt;
and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

2b. (24) And he increased his people greatly;
and made them stronger than their enemies.

2b’. 25 he turned their heart to hate his people,
to deal subtilly with his servants.

2a’. 26 he sent  Moses his servant;
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27 They shewed his signs among them,
and wonders in the land of Ham.

D’. In Egypt the gods of Egypt are judged.

Plague 9 darkness
28 He sent darkness, and made it dark;
and they rebelled not against his word.

Plague 1 related to the Nile
29 he turned their waters into blood,
and slew their fish.

Plague 2 related to the Nile
30 their land brought forth frogs in abundance,
in the chambers of their kings.

Plague 4 and 3 related to the land and houses
31) He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies,
and lice in all their coasts.

Plague 7 related to the crops
32 He gave them hail for rain,
and flaming fire in their land.
33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees;
and brake the trees of their coasts.

Plague 8 related to the crops
34 He spake, and the locusts came,
and caterpillers, and that without number,
35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land,
and devoured the fruit of their ground.

Plague 10 death
36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land,
the chief of all their strength.

C’. Israel delivered from Egypt and preserved in the wilderness

a. 37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold:
and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

b. 38 Egypt was glad when they departed:
for the fear of them fell upon them.

c. 39 He spread a cloud for a covering;
and fire to give light in the night.

d. 40 The people asked, and he brought quails,
and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

e. 41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out;
they ran in the dry places like a river.

B’. The Covenant with Abraham remembered.

42 For he remembered his holy promise,
and Abraham his servant.
43 And he brought forth his people with joy,
and his chosen with gladness:
44 And gave them the lands of the heathen:
and they inherited the labour of the people;
45 That they might observe his statutes,
and keep his laws.

A’. A call to praise YHWH

Praise ye the LORD.

2 Chronicles 9:13-26

A. Solomon receives gold and silver – 13  Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold; 14 Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.

B.15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target. 16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.

C. 17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.

D. 18 And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne,

E.  and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays:

D’. 19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps.

C’. There was not the like made in any kingdom.

B’. 20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

A’. Solomon receives gold and silver and other gifts – 21 For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. 22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.  24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. 25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. 26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance. And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.