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2 Corinthians 1:3-7*

A.(3) Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort ;

B.(4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,

B’. that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,

A’. by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God . 

A. (5) For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

B. (6) And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation,

C. which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer:

B’. or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

A'(7) And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

In relation to this the following  is adapted from “The Presence of Chiasmus in the New Testament” N. W. Lund,  The Journal of Religion, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Jan., 1930), pp. 74-93

A1.(3)  Blessed be God

B1. and Father

C1. of our Lord Jesus Christ,

B1′. the Father of mercies,

A1’/A2.  and God

B2. of all comfort, (4) who comforteth us

C2. in all our afflictions,

D2. that we maybe able to comfort them that are

C2′. in any affliction

B2′. through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted

A2′. of God.

A3. (5) For as abound the sufferings

B3. of Christ

C3. unto us,

B3′. even so through Christ

A3′. aboundeth also our comfort

2 Corinthians 13:1-10*

Note: Bullinger in the Companion Bible suggests an ABCDD’CBA pattern. I have split the DD’.

A.(1)  This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2) I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:

B.(3) Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. (4) For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

C. (5) Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.

D.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (6) But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

E. (7)  Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; 

D’. not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

C’. 8. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

B’. 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

A’. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.


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.