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Isaiah 60:4-14

A. (4) Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

B.  (5) Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.(6) The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.

C. (7) All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

A’.  (8) Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? (9) Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

B’. (10) And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. (11) Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. (12) For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

C’. (13) The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
(14) The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

1 Samuel 28:15-20

A. 15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore (H3966) distressed;

B. for the PHILISTINES make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

C. 16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?17 And THE LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me:

D. for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David: 18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek,

C’.  therefore hath THE LORD done this thing unto thee this day.

B’.  19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the PHILISTINES:and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the PHILISTINES.

A’.  20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore (H3966) afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.

Judges 5:6-11, 14-18

JLB has suggested the following. Further thoughts on Judges 5 very welcome.

A. 6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.

B. 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel,until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

C. 8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

D: 9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD.

A’. 10 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

B’. 11 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of  drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel:

C’. then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates.

 

A. 14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer. 15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley.

B. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts (H2711) of heart.

C. 16 Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks?

B’. For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings (H2714) of heart. 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.

A’. 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

Isaiah 40:27-31*

27. Why sayest thou, O Jacob,
and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the LORD,
and my judgment is passed over from my God?

A. (28) Hast thou not known?
hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God,
the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
FAINTETH NOT,
NEITHER IS WEARY?
there is no searching of his understanding.

B. (29) He giveth POWER to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

C. (30) Even the youths shall FAINT and be WEARY,
and the young men shall utterly fall:

B’.  (31) But they that wait upon the LORD
shall RENEW THEIR STRENGTH;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;

A’. they shall run, and NOT BE WEARY;
and they shall walk, and NOT FAINT.

Admin note: this proposal  is supported by the following 

Classical Hebrew Poetry- A Guide to Its Techniques By Wilfred G. E. Watson

Psalm 49

To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.

A.  1 Hear this, all ye people;
give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom;
and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable:
I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

B. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil,
when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

C. 6 They that trust in their wealth,
and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;

D. 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious,
and it ceaseth for ever:)

E. 9 That he should still live for ever,
and not see corruption.

F. 10 For he seeth that wise men die,
likewise the fool and the brutish person perish,
and leave their wealth to others.

G. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever,
and their dwelling places to all generations;
they call their lands after their own names.

F’. 12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not:
he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly:
yet their posterity approve their sayings.Selah.

E’. 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave;
death shall feed on them;
and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

D’. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave:
for he shall receive me. Selah.

C’. 16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich,
when the glory of his house is increased;

B’. 17  For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away:
his glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul:
and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
they shall never see light.

A’. 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not,
is like the beasts that perish.

Note: a previous post from Nigel suggests that  the second arm of this chiasm, is also arranged chiastically.

A. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever,
and their dwelling places to all generations;
they call their lands after their own names.
12 
Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not:
he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly:
yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

B. 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them;
and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

C. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave:
for he shall receive me. Selah.

D. 16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich,
when the glory of his house is increased;

E. 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away:

D’. his glory shall not descend after him.

C’. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul:
and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

B’. 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
they shall never see light.

A’. 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not,
is like the beasts that perish.

Ezekiel 21:1-5

A. 1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel, 3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath,

B. and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.

B’. 4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked,

A’. i. therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath

ii. against all flesh from the south to the north:

ii’. 5 That all flesh may know

i’. that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.

1 Corinthians 5:1-12

JLB

A. (1) It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. (2) And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be TAKEN AWAY FROM AMONG YOU.

B. (3) For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have JUDGED already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, (4) In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

C. (5) To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

D. (6) Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little LEAVEN leaveneth the whole lump?

E. (7) Purge out therefore the OLD LEAVEN, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.

F.  For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

E’. (8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with OLD LEAVEN,

D’. neither with the LEAVEN of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

C’.  (9) I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:(10) Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. (11) But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

B’. (12) For what have I to do to JUDGE them also that are without? do not ye JUDGE them that are within?

A’. (13) But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore PUT AWAY FROM AMONG YOURSELVES that wicked person.

2 Kings 7:1-20

A. DELIVERANCE FROM FAMINE IS PROPHESIED
(1) Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. (2) Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

B. SOME LEPERS DECIDE TO GO TO THE SYRIANS
(3) And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
(4) If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

C. THE LEPERS GO TO THE SYRIAN CAMP IN THE TWILIGHT
(5) And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. (6) For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.

C’. THE SYRIAN HAVE FLED THEIR CAMP IN THE TWILIGHT
(7) Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. (8) And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it. (9) Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.
(10) So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were. (11) And he called the porters; and they told it to the king’s house within.

B’. THE ISRAELITES GO AFTER THE SYRIAN ARMY
(12) And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city. (13) And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see. (14) They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
(15) And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.

A’. THEY ARE DELIVERED FROM FAMINE
(16) And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD. (17) And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him. (18) And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria: (19) And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. (20) And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.

1 Kings 11:26-40

with JLB

A. 26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king. 27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David his father. 28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.

B. 29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field: 30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces: 31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

C. 32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)

D. 33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

E. 34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:

B’. 35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.

C’. 36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.

D’. 37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel. 38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

E’. 39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.

A’. 40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

1 Kings 19

A. (1) And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. (2) Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. (3) And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
 
B. (4) But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. (5) And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. (6) And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. (7) And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. (8) And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

C. (9) And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? (10) And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.   

D. (11) And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: (12) And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

C’. (13) And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?  (14) And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

B’. (15) And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: (16) And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. (17) And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. (18) Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

A’. (19) So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. (20) And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?  (21) And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.