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Matthew 5:22-48

this ambitious proposal is from JLB – thoughts?

A1: (22) Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

B1: (23) But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

C1: Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; (24) Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

C1′: (25) Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

B1′: (26) Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

A2: (27) Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

B2: (28) But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

C2: (29) And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

C2′: (30) And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

A3: (31) It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

B3. (32) But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

A4: (33) Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

B4: (34) But I say unto you,

C4. Swear not at all;


i. neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

ii.(35) Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool:

 iii. neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

 iv. (36) Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou    canst not make one hair white or black.

C4′.: But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

A5: (38) Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

B5: (39) But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

C5: (40) And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

C5′: (41) And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

B5′: (42) Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

A6: (43) Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

B6: (44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

C6. (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:  for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

A6′: (46) For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  (47) And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

C6′: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

2 Chronicles 20:15-18

JLB  This may seem like a strange centre but I think the point is that they still had to go to the battle, and trust that the LORD would help them.

F. (14) Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; (15) And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem,

E. and thou king Jehoshaphat,

D. Thus saith the LORD unto you,

C. Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude;

B. for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

A.(16) To morrow go ye down against them:behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

B’.(17) Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem:

C’. fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them:

D’. for the LORD will be with you.

E’.(18) And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground:

F’. and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.

Genesis 11:1-9

A  1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.(2)  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 

B (3)  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. (4a)  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven;

C  (4b)  and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

D  (5)  And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

E (6)  And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

D’  (7)  Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

C’  (8)  So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth:

B’. and they left off to build the city.

A’  (9)  Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

2 Corinthians 2:3-11


A  3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.(4a) For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears;

B (4b) not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

C (5) But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

D (6-7a) Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him,

C’ (7b) lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

B’ (8) Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

A’ (9) For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.