Isaiah 28:10-13

from Pete 0wen.

A – 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

B – 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

C – 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: 

B’ – 13 yet they would not hear.

A’ – 13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little;

“This is an interesting chiastic structure. I think it is of interest as it is the principle used by Sunday school teachers, faithful families and any Bible student for Bible study. How do we come to a knowledge of the truth? How do we study? How do we expound the word of God? Precept upon precept and line upon line. This may seem a linear structure. It isn’t. The passage quite clearly demonstrates these phrases being repeated to bring us to the middle. We have to be prepared to hear the word of the LORD! There is a refreshing, there is a rest which those who will listen to the word will be blessed with. If though we do not follow the principles of the word: precept upon precept, line upon line – carefully being guided by the word then we are will not receive that blessing and are like the rest who ‘would not hear.’ “

One thought on “Isaiah 28:10-13”

  1. Hi Pete, This is a very interesting pattern. In 1 Corinthians 14:21 the Apostle quotes from Isaiah 28.

    “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord”.

    These words are the BB” parallel of Isaiah 28:11 and 28:13. The centre of the chiasm is omitted because Israel as a nation rejected the Gospel and so the sign of tongues was a witness against them.


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