(The following chiasm was discovered by John and Sarah Owen whilst doing the daily Bible readings for 19/2/15) – (see also note below)
A.(1 )Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me:
for I am poor and needy.
(2) Preserve my soul; for I am holy:
O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
B.(3) Be merciful unto me, O Lord:
for I cry unto thee daily.
(4) Rejoice the soul of thy servant:
for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
C.(5) For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive;
and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee
D.(6) Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer;
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
(7) In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee:
for thou wilt answer me.
E.(8) Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O LORD;
neither are there any works like unto thy works.
(9) All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord;
and shall glorify thy name.
10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things:
thou art God alone.
X.(11) Teach me thy way, O LORD;
I will walk in thy truth:
unite my heart to fear thy name.
E.(12) I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart:
and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
13 For great is thy mercy toward me:
and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
D.(14) O God, the proud are risen against me,
and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul;
and have not set thee before them.
C.(15) But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion,
and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
B.(16) O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me;
A. give thy strength unto thy servant,
and save the son of thine handmaid.
(17) Shew me a token for good;
that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed:
because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
Note: An almost identical chiastic structure for this Psalm was published by Pierre Auffret in Vetus Testament 29 (1979), 385-402. pointing out key Hebrew words and forms.(Quoted by Dorsey – The Literary Structure of the Old Testament, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2004)