Joshua 1:5-9

A  (5)  There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

B  (6)  Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7a Only be thou strong and very courageous,

C  (7b)  that thou mayest observe to do  according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

D’  (8a)  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,

C’  (8b)  that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

B’  (9a)  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed:

A’  (9b)  for Yahweh thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.


3 thoughts on “Joshua 1:5-9”

  1. I spotted this one in the reading yesterday too. It possibly extends even further:

    Deut 34:9b and the children of Israel hearkened unto, and did as the LORD commanded Moses
    1a: Moses the servant of the LORD
    3b: that I have given you

    11b:which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it
    13a,15b:Moses the servant of the LORD
    17a: according as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee.

    This is pretty interesting in the way in which it adds evidence to the inspired nature of the canon of Scripture itself. Joshua had to follow Deuteronomy directly to continue the chiasm.

    Has anyone else got any examples of this trans-book-division-chiasmus?

    1. Thanks for this very interesting contribution. I don’t think we have another example straddling books although I am working on the end of Joshua and the beginning of Judges.

    2. Although not a TBDC there is a chiasm which straddles Psalm 1 and Psalm 2:

      A (1:1) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor SITTETH in the seat of the scornful.

      B (2,3) But his delight is in the law of Yahweh; and in his law doth HE MEDITATE (01897) day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

      C (4,5) THE UNGODLY are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore THE UNGODLY shall not stand in the judgment,

      D (5) nor sinners in the congregation OF THE RIGHTEOUS.

      D’ (6 ) For Yahweh knoweth the way OF THE RIGHTEOUS:

      C’ (6) but the way of THE UNGODLY shall perish.

      B’ (2:1-3) Why do the heathen rage, and the people IMAGINE (01897) a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against Yahweh, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

      A’ (2:4) HE THAT SITTETH in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

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