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Isaiah 44:15-20

Note: in this passage the foolishness of worshipping a tree stump is  specified in three parallel sections. In the first there is – burn, warm, bake bread and idolatry; in the second the order is – burn, roast flesh, warm, idolatry; in the third – burn, bake bread, roast flesh, idolatry. The three are overlapping but distinct. The central point is in verses 18-19. 

A1. a. 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn:

b. for he will take thereof, and warm himself;

c. yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread;

d. yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it;
he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.

A2. a’. 16 He burneth part thereof in the fire;

e. with part thereof he eateth flesh;
he roasteth roast, and is satisfied:

b’. yea, he warmeth himself,and saith,
Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:

d’.17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god,
even his graven image:
he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it,
and prayeth unto it,  and saith,
Deliver me;  for thou art my god.

B. i. 18 They have not known nor understood (biyn):

ii. for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see;
 and their hearts,  that they cannot understand (sakal).

ii’. 19 And none considereth in his heart,

i’.  neither is there knowledge  nor understanding
(tabun – from biyn) to say,

A3.
a’’.I have burned part of it in the fire;

b’’. yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof;

e’. I have roasted flesh, and eaten it:

d’’’. and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination?
shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
20 He feedeth on ashes:
a deceived heart hath turned him aside,
that he cannot deliver his soul,
nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Leviticus 21:16-24

A.16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 17 Speak unto Aaron, saying,

B. Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. 18 For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach:  a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, 19 Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, 20 Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;

B’. 21 No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire:  he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. 22 He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy. 23 Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

A’. 24 And Moses told it unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.

Exodus 13:17-22

A. 17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

B.18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

C.19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

B’.20 And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.

A’.21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Revelation 11:7-12

A.7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

B.8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

C.10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another;

C’. because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

B’.11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

A’.12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them,Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Amos 7:10-17

A.10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.

B.12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos,

a. O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

b. 13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

B’. 14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah,

a’. I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: 15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

b’. 16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

A’.17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

Amos 5:23-6:5

A.23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs;(07892)

B. for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. 24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

C’.25 Have ye offered (05066) unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years,

D. O house of Israel?

E.26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. 27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

D’.1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?

C’.3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;(05066) 4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

B’.5 That chant to the sound of the viol,

A’.and invent to themselves instruments of musick,(07892) like David;

Hosea 14

A.1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

B.2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

C.3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

D.4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. 5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

E.6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

D’.7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

C’.8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.

B’.9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them:

A’. but the transgressors shall fall therein.

1 Samuel 16:1-10

A. 1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.

B. 2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.

C. 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do:

D. and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.

C’. 4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem.

B’. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? 5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.

A’. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

A. 6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said,  Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.

B. 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him:

C. for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;

B’. for man looketh on the outward appearance,

C’. but the LORD looketh on the heart.

A’. 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by.
And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel.
And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.

Isaiah 44:6-8

A.6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel,
and his redeemer the LORD of hosts;
I am the first, and I am the last;
and
beside me there is no God.

B.7 And who, as I, shall call,
and shall declare it,
and set it in order for me,
since I appointed the ancient people?

C. and the things that are coming,
and shall come,
let them shew unto them.

B’. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid:
have not I told thee from that time,
and have declared it?
ye are even my witnesses.

A’. Is there a God beside me?
yea, there is no God;
I know not any.

Exodus 36:2-8

A. 2 And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:

B. 3 And they received of Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it withal. And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning.

C.  4 And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made; 5 And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.

B’. 6 And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. 7 For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

A’. 8 And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them …