Joel 3:12 – Amos 1:5

The chiasm below was discovered in response to the suggested chiasm posted by RS for Joel 3:16 – Amos 1:2. Initially I broadened the search to see if it stretched further into Amos. There are indeed further links, but it became apparent that this larger chiasm centres around Joel 3v20. Apart from the roar/utter/voice parallel, note also the parallel of the rare word, decision/threshing instruments. The suggested chiasm below does not include words placed in parallel which occur elsewhere in the passage, such as Zion and Jerusalem,  and hence do not fit into the chiastic pattern.

A (Joel 3:12) Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there WILL I SIT <03427> to judge all the heathen round about.

B (Joel 3:13) PUT <07971> ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

C (Joel 3:14,15) Multitudes, multitudes in the valley OF DECISION <02742>: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley OF DECISION <02742>. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

D (Joel 3:16) Yahweh also SHALL ROAR out of Zion, and UTTER HIS VOICE from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake:

E (Joel 3:16) but Yahweh will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children OF ISRAEL.

F (Joel 3:17,18) So shall ye know that I am Yahweh your God DWELLING <07931> in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of Yahweh, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

G (Joel 3:19) Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent BLOOD in their land.

H (Joel 3:20) But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

G′ (Joel 3:21) For I will cleanse THEIR BLOOD that I have not cleansed:

F′ (Joel 3:21) for Yahweh DWELLETH <07931> in Zion.

E′ (Amos 1:1) The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning ISRAEL in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of ISRAEL, two years before the earthquake.

D′ (Amos 1:2) And he said, Yahweh WILL ROAR from Zion, and UTTER HIS VOICE from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.

C′ (Amos 1:3) Thus saith Yahweh; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with THRESHING INSTRUMENTS <02742> of iron:

B′ (Amos 1:4) But I WILL SEND <07971> a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.

A′ (Amos 1:5) I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off THE INHABITANT <03427> from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith Yahweh.

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