John 15:18-16:4

Note: there appear to be a series of mini chiasms in this section. So far I cannot see a larger pattern although  15:21 and 16:3 are almost duplicates.

1A. 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

1B. 19 If ye were of the world,

1C. the world would love his own:

1B’. but because ye are not of the world, 

1A’. but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

20 Remember the word that I said unto you,The servant is not greater than his lord.

a. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;

a’. if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

2A. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them,

2B. they had not had sin:

2C. but now they have no cloke for their sin.

2D. 23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

2A’. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did,

2B’. they had not had sin:

2C’. but now have they both seen

2D’. and hated both me and my Father.25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

3A. 26 But when the Comforter is come,

3B. whom I will send unto you from the Father,

3C. even the Spirit of truth,

3B’. which proceedeth from the Father,

3A’. he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

4A. 1 These things have I spoken (laleo)  unto you, that ye should not be offended.

4B. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues:yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

4B’. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

4A’. 4 But these things have I told (laleo) you that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.

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