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2 Samuel 1:19-27

Not sure that this is right, but it’s a start. Comments would be appreciated.

A  (19)  The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

B  (20)  Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

C  (21-22a)  Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty,

D  (22b)  the bow of Jonathan turned not back,

D’  (22c)  and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

C’  (23)  Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

B’  (24)  Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

A’  (25-27)  How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

Ephesians 3:14-21

A  (14)  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

B  (15)  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

C  (16a)  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,

D  (16b)  to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

E  (17)  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

F  (18)  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

E’  (19)  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

D’  (20)  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

C’  (21a)  Unto him be glory in

B’  (21b)  the church

A’  (21c)  by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Daniel 1

A  (1-2)  In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

B  (3-4)  And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

C  (5)  And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

D  (6)  Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:

E  (7)  Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.

F  (8)  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

G  (9-10a)  Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink:

H  (10b)  for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.

I  (11-12)  Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

J  (13)  Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.

I’  (14)  So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.

H’  (15a)  And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children

G’  (15b)  which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.

F’  (16)  Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

E’  (17)  As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

D’  (18-19a)  Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:

C’  (19b)  therefore stood they before the king.

B’  (20)  And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.

A’  (21)  And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.

Note: The Hebrew words translated ‘gave’ in E and E’ (v7 and v17) are different, but are used together in a large number of passages where they appear to be synonymous (e.g. Deut 7:15, 17:15).

1 Corinthians 14:26b-40

A  (26b)  Let all things be done unto edifying.

B  (27)  If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

C  (28-30)  But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the ecclesia; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

D  (31-32)  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

E  (33a)  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,

D’  (33b)  as in all ecclesia  of the saints.

C’  (34-35)  Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the ecclesia.

B’  (36-39)  What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

A’  (40)  Let all things be done decently and in order.

Psalm 101

Note: this version brings together two previous posts and comment.

A  (1)  I will sing of mercy and judgment:
unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.

B  (2)  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.
O when wilt thou come unto me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

C  (3)  I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:

D  (4) I hate the work of them that turn aside;
it shall not cleave to me.

E. A froward heart shall depart from me:
I will not know a wicked person.

D’  (5)  Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off:
him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

C’  (6a)  Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me:

B’  (6b-7)  he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house:
he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

A’  (8)  I will early destroy all the wicked of the land;
that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.


Hebrews 6:9-20

A  (9-11)  But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

B  (12)  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

C  (13)  For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

D  (14)  Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

C’  (15-16)  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

B’  (17)  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

A’  (18-20)  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

1 John 3:1-11

A  (1a)  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,

B  (1b-3)  that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

C  (4-6a)  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not:

D  (6b)  whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

E  (7)  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

D’  (8a)  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.

C’  (8b-9)  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

B’  (10a)  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:

A’  (10b-11)  whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

Psalm 79

A  (1-3)  A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth. Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.

B  (4-5)  We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us. How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

C  (6a)  Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee,

D  (6b-7)  and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name. For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.

E  (8)  O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.

D’  (9)  Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.

C’  (10)  Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.

B’  (11-12)  Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die; And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.

A’  (13)  So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

Matthew 24:42-51

A  (42-44)  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

B  (45)  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

C  (46)  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

D  (47)  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

C’  (48)  But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

B  (49)  And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

A’  (50-51)  The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:1-13

(from Simon)

A (1a) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,

B (1b) which took their lamps,

C (1c) and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

D (2a) And five of them were wise,

E (2b) and five were foolish

E’ (3) They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

D’ (4) But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

C’ (5-6) While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

B’ (7-9) Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

A’ (10-12) And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. (13) Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.