A. 1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh,
B. women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; (2) Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you:
C. for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods:
A’. Solomon clave unto these in love.
B’. 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines:
C’. and his wives turned away his heart.
A. 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods:
B. and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
C. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
A’. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD,
B’. and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
C’. 7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
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JT Walsh (2001)(Style and Structure in Biblical hebrew Narrative) has this as an example of abc/abc forward symmetry. I think he is correct so I have editted it.