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Jeremiah 32:1-15

1A.(6) And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

1B.(7) Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee,

1C. saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.

1B’.(8) So Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD,

1C’. and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself.

1A’. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.

2A.(9) And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.(10) And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.

2B. (11) So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open:(12) And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.

2B’.(13) And I charged Baruch before them, saying, (14) Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.

2A’.(15) For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.

 

Hebrews 11:33-38

From Brian Alexander

A. 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

B. 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again:

C. and others were tortured,

D. not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

C’. 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

B’. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

A’. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Psalm 14

A. 1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

B. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

A’. 2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men,
to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

B’. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy:
there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

2A. 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge?
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and call not upon the LORD.

2B. 5 There were they in great fear:
for God is in the generation of the righteous.

2B’. 6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor,
because the LORD is his refuge.

2A’. 7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion!
when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people,
Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psalm 73

Note: there have been numerous proposals for the structure of this psalm but increasingly a concentric structure has been noted. The following is modified from G.T.K. Wong, Biblica, 2016, 97, 16-40. The turning point was going into the sanctuary and it has been suggested that the reference is to seeing the bronze plates covering the altar (Numb 16:38) which were a reminder of the folly of Korah, Datham and Abiram. 

A. [God-psalmist-wicked] 1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.  3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 [the wicked seem to prosper without God] For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. 6Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. 7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. 9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. 11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? 12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

C. [regret]  13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

D [self reflection] 15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. 16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

E.[revelation] 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

D’. [realisation] 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. 19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

C’. [regret] 21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

B’. [Psalmist enjoys fellowship with God] 23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

A’. [wicked-Psalmist-God] 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Acts 9:32-43

A. 32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

B. 33 And there he found a certain man named AEneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

B’. 34 And Peter said unto him, AEneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

A’. 35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

A. 36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did.

B. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

C. 38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the
disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

A’. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

B’. 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and
prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she
opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he
gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the
saints and widows, presented her alive.

C’. 42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. 43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

Matthew 25:31-46

A. 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Sheep
a. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

b.i. 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat:
ii. I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
iii. I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
iv. 36 Naked, and ye clothed me:
v. I was sick, and ye visited me:
vi. I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

a’. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying,

b’.i. Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?
ii. or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
iii. 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in?
iv. or naked, and clothed thee?
v. 39 Or when saw we thee sick,
vi. or in prison, and came unto thee?

c. 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Goats
a. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

b. i. For I was an hungred, and ye gave mew no meat:
ii. thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
iii. 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:
iv. naked, and ye clothed me not:
v. sick,
vi. and in prison, and ye visited me not.

a’. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying,

b’.i. Lord, when saw we thee an hungred,
ii. or athirst,
iii. or a stranger,
iv. or naked,
v. or sick,
vi. or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

c’. 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

A’. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Matthew 25:14-30

A. 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

B. 15 And unto one he gave five talents,

C. to another two,

D. and to another one;

A’. to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

B’. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

C’. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

D’. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

A’’. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

B’’. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

C’’. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

D’’. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Ezekiel 33:10-20

A. 10 “And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’

B. 11 Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked,

B’. but that the wicked turn from his way and live;

A’. turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

A. 12 “And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses,

B. and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness,

A’. and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins. 13 Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die.

B’. 14 Again, though I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ yet if he turns from his sin and does what is just and right, 15 if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16 None of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he shall surely live.

A. 17 “Yet your people say, ‘The way of the LORD is not just,’ when it is their own way that is not just.

B. 18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it.

B’. 19 And when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he shall live by this.

A’. 20 Yet you say, ‘The way of the LORD is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.

Proverbs 3:1-10

Note: the A’s are the commands and the B’s are the benefits.

A. 10  My son, forget not my law;
but let thine heart keep my commandments:

B. 2 For length of days, and long life,
and peace, shall they add to thee.

A. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:
bind them about thy neck;
write them upon the table of thine heart:

B. 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding
in the sight of God and man.

A. 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,

B. and he shall direct thy paths.

A. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes:
fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

B. 8 It shall be health to thy navel,
and marrow to thy bones.

A. 9 Honour the LORD with thy substance,
and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

B. 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty,
and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Deuteronomy 18:1-8

A.  1 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel:

B. they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance.

A’. 2 Thereforee shall they have no inheritance among their brethren:

B’. the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.

 

A. 3 And this shall be the priest’s due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw. 4 The firstfruit also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.

B. 5 For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever.

B’. 6 And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose; 7 Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before the LORD.

A’. 8 They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

Note: in verses 3-8 the provisions for the priests  are described first then the rationale – they have been chosen to minister out of Israel. In the case of  the Levite the points are made in reverse order – his calling first, then the instruction to provide for him.