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I Kings 7:14-25

From Jason Sumner
“Credit for a portion of this chiam (E-H) should go to Peter Leithart’s Commentary on 1 & 2 Kings.(Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)”.

A         14 The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,

B         15 besides that from the traveling merchants, from the income of traders, from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country.

C          16 And King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. 17 He also made three hundred shields of hammered gold; three minas of gold went into each shield.

D         The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.

E          18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.

F          19 The throne had six steps,

G         and the top of the throne was round at the back; there were armrests on either side of

H         the place of the seat,

G’        and two lions stood beside the armrests. 

F’         20 Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps;

E’         nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom.

D’        21 All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon.

C’        22 For the king had merchant ships at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the merchant ships came bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys.

B’        23 So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 24 Now all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.

A’        25 Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate year by year.



Admin: I have revised the previous post offering the structural flow of thought through the epistle,  and suggest that the overall structure might be  a 9-part chiasm. 


A. 1:1-2 Salutation

B. 1:3-14 Paul’s Prayer of thanksgiving for the power of the Gospel

C. 1:15-20  Christ is the head of the New Creation – the ecclesia

D. 1:21-29  Paul’s role as minister of the Gospel to the Gentiles – to present them “holy and unblameable and unreproveable … perfect in Christ Jesus”.

E. 2:1-19 Do not be deceived by the “circumcision party” – belief and baptism into Christ is spiritual circumcision.

D’. 2:20-3:7  If we have been baptised we must put to death the old life and live the Christ-life.

C’. 3:8-4:1 Christ is the head of the New Creation- “all and in all”

B’. 4:2-6  Pray for Paul to be able to preach the Gospel

A’. 4:7-18 Salutations

Job 33:18-28

From Ethan Hardy

A.   18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

B. 19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: 20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.  21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.

C.  22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.

D. 23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: 

C’. 24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

B’. 25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth:  26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.

A’.  27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;  28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

Job 32:3-10

From Ethan Hardy

A. 3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled,

B.  because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

C. 4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.

B’.  5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth

A’. of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.


A.  6b I am young, but you are elderly; that is why I was fearful, and afraid to explain to you what I know.

B. 7 I said to myself, ‘Age should speak, and length of years should make wisdom known.’

C.  8 But it is a spirit in people, the breath of the Almighty, that makes them understand.

B’. 9 It is not the aged who are wise, nor old men who understand what is right.

A’. 10 Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me. I, even I, will explain what I know.

Job 27:16-17

From Ethan Hardy

A. Though he heap up silver like dust,

B. and pile up clothing like clay,

C. he may pile it up

 B’.  but the righteous will wear it

A’.  and the innocent will divide the silver.


Job 21:7-13

From Ethan Hardy


A. 7 Why do the wicked go on living, grow old, even increase in power?

B. 8 Their children are firmly established  in their presence, their offspring before their eyes.

C. 9a  Their houses are safe and without [H3808] fear

D. 9b and no rod of punishment from God is upon them.

C’. 10 Their bulls breed without [H3808] fail; their cows calve and do not miscarry.

B’. 11-12 They allow their children to run like a flock; their little ones dance about. They sing to the accompaniment of tambourine and harp, and make merry to the sound of the flute.

A’. 13 They live out their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.


1 Kings 10:1-13

A. 10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.

B. 2 And she came to Jerusalem  with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones:

C. and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.

D. 4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom,

E. and the house that he had built, 5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.

F. 6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

G. 7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: 

F’. thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

E’. 8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that

D’. hear thy wisdom.

C’. 9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

B’. 10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.  11 And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones. 12 And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the LORD, and for the king’s house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day.

A’. 13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.



Note: I have reviewed existing posts and had another attempt at following the train of thought, and then looked at Dorsey (Literary Structure of the Old testament)who I believe has done an excellent job.  My recommendation always  is to try yourself first before looking at other posts or publications. That effort  puts us in a good position to assess the work of others. 

Luke 2:40-52

From Gary Milbourne

A Jesus’s Development
40  And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

 B  Jesus and his parents go Up
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.   2  And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom.

Joseph & Mary Not Knowing
43  And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it,   44  but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances,   45  and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.

 D  Jesus questions the teachers
46  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.   47  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

 E  His Parents astonished
48  And when his parents saw him, they were astonished.

 F   Mary questions Jesus
And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so?

His Parents distressed
Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.”

 D  Jesus questions his parents
49  And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

 C   Joseph & Mary Not Understanding
50  And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.

Jesus and his parents go Down
51  And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

A Jesus’s Development
52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.