1 Samuel 19:4-5*

From Elie Assis, Chiasmus in Biblical Narrative: Rhetoric of characterisation, Prooftexts, Volume 22, Number 3, 2002, pp. 273-304

A. 4 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee,

B. and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:

C. 5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine,

C’. and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel:

B’. thou sawest it, and didst rejoice:

A’. wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?

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