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Genesis 49:29-33 – The Death of Jacob (Burial of Patriarchs’ Wives)

 From Craig Robinson 

 A1. 29 Then he gave them these instructions:
A2. “I am about to be gathered to my people

 B. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite

 X1. 31 There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried,
X2. There Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried,
X3. And there I [Jacob] buried Leah. 

 B’. 32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.”

 A1’. 33 When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons,
A2’. He drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.

Exodus 31:12-17

From Craig Robinson – based on  Kohlenberger’s Hebrew-English interlinear. 

A. 12 Then the LORD said to Moses, 13 “Now, speak to the sons of Israel saying, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths.

B. This will be a sign

C. Between me and you

D. For the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD,  who makes you holy.

E. 14 Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you.

F. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death.

G. Those who do any work on that day

H. Must be cut off from their people.

I. 15 (a) For six days, (b) work is to be done,

I. (a’) But the seventh day (b’) is a day of Sabbath rest,

H. Holy to the LORD.

G. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath Day

F. is to be put to death.

E. 16The sons of Israel must observe the Sabbath,

D. Celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant.

C. Between me and the sons of Israel forever,

B. 17 It will be a sign

A. For in six days, the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’”

Joshua 2:9-13

Note: From Tyndale OTC, IVP, R Hess, 1996

A. 9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land,

B. and that your terror is fallen upon us,

C. and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

D. 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

D’. 11 And as soon as we had heard these things,

C’. our hearts did melt,

B’. neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you:

A’. for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father’s house, and give me a true token:13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have,  and deliver our lives from death.

Isaiah 24

A. 24:1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty,
and maketh it waste,
and turneth it upside down,
and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

B. 2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the servant, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

A’. 3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled:
for the LORD hath spoken this word.

A. 4 The earth  mourneth and fadeth away,
the world languisheth and fadeth away,
the haughty people of the earth do languish.

B. 5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof;

C. because they have transgressed the laws,
changed the ordinance,
broken the everlasting covenant.

B’. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth,
and they that dwell therein are desolate:
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned,
and few men left.

A’. 7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth,
all the merryhearted do sigh.

A. 8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth,
the noise of them that rejoice endeth,
the joy of the harp ceaseth.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song;
strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

B. 10 The city (qirya) of confusion is broken down:
every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

A’. 11 There is a crying for wine in the streets;
all joy is darkened,
the mirth of the land is gone.

B’. 12 In the city (iyr) is left desolation,
and the gate is smitten with destruction.

13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.


A. 14 They shall lift up their voice,
they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD,
they shall cry aloud from the sea.

B. 15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires,
even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

A’. 16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous.

But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!
the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously;
yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

A. 17 Fear,

B. and the pit,

C. and the snare,

D. are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

A’. 18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear

B’. shall fall into the pit;

C’. and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare:

D’. for the windows from on high are open,
and the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 The earth is utterly broken down,
the earth is clean dissolved,
the earth is moved exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard,
and shall be removed like a cottage;
and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it;
and it shall fall, and not rise again.

A. 21 And it shall come to pass in that day,

B. that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high,

C. and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

D. 22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison,

A’. and after many days shall they be visited.

B’. 23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed,

C’. when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion,

D’. and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

James 1

Note: The epistle of James defies simple structural analysis, even though inversion of themes is evident across the epistle. A closer look at Ch 1  suggests perhaps that the parable of the sower (especially Luke 8) is in mind. The first type of sowing – by the way side – is not included because the epistle is written to exhort believers. The chapter begins with the need for patience in bringing forth fruit. This is a reference to Luke 8:15 “bring forth fruit with patience”). The chapter then moves to the second type of sowing with the rich man wilting under the sun. Are the riches the cause of being shallow rooted? Then there is a contrast with the one who endures. Next comes reference to the source of sin – lusts, and corresponds to the third type of sowing where “the lusts of other things” choke the word.  The chapter then reiterates that the seed is the word of God sown by Him and received by those who are quick to hear. The resulting  fruit – “doers of the word and not hearers only.”

James 1

James 1:12-15

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptationfor when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of lifewhich the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

a. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted,

b. I am tempted of God:

a’.  for God cannot be tempted with evil, 

b’. neither tempteth he any man:

a”. 14 But every man is tempted,

b”.  i. when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

ii. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:

iii. and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.


Note: readers may be interested in Casper Labuschagne’s proposal that Deuteronomy has a symmetrical Menorah pattern

Part I    Deut 1:6-3:29 Moses’ Opening Discourse (looking backwards)

Part II    Deut 4:1-49   Opening Prophetic Peroration 

Part III    Deut 5:1-11:32   Moses Expounds the Horeb Covenant

Part IV     Deut 12:1-26:19     Moses Promulgates the Covenant Stipulations

Part V     Deut 27:1-28:69   Moses Expounds the Moab Covenant

Part VI     Deut 29:1-30:20   Concluding Prophetic Peroration  

Part VII     Deut 31:1-33:29 Moses’ Concluding Discourse (looking forward)

   Epilogue  Deut 34,1-12 Moses’ Death          

Isaiah 19

19:1 The burden of Egypt.

A. Egypt will be defeated by the LORD
Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.

B. Political collapse
2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians:
and they shall fight every one against his brother,
and every one against his neighbour;
city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof;
and I will destroy the counsel thereof,
and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers,
and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord;
and a fierce king shall rule over them,
saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

C. Economic collapse – the failure of the Nile
5 And the waters shall fail from the sea,
and the river shall be wasted and dried up.
6 And they shall turn the rivers far away;
and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up:
the reeds and flags shall wither.
7 The paper reeds by the brooks,
by the mouth of the brooks,
and every thing sown by the brooks,
shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.
8 The fishers also shall mourn,
and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament,
and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.
9 Moreover they that work in fine flax,
and they that weave networks, shall be confounded.
10 And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof,
all that make sluices and ponds for fish.

B’. Political collapse
11 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools,
the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish:
how say ye unto Pharaoh,
I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?
12 Where are they? where are thy wise men?
and let them tell thee now,and let them know what the LORD of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan are become fools,
the princes of Noph are deceived;
they have also seduced Egypt,
even they that are the stay of the tribes thereof.

A’. Egypt will be defeated by the LORD
The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof:
and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof,
as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt,
which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.

A. Egypt in fear and awe of YHWH
16 In that day shall Egypt be like unto women:
and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it.
17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt,
every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts,
which he hath determined against it.

B. Egypt cities swear to YHWH
18 In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction.

C. Egypt healed by YHWH
a. 19 In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. 20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.

b.  21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt,
and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day,
and shall do sacrifice and oblation;
yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it.

a’. 22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt:
he shall smite and heal it:
and they shall return even to the LORD,
and he shall be intreated of them,and shall heal them.

B’. Egypt has highway to Assyria
23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria,
and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt,
and the Egyptian into Assyria,
and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

A’. Egypt become the people of YHWH
24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:
25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying,
Blessed be Egypt my people,
and Assyria the work of my hands,
and Israel mine inheritance.