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Luke 2:1-20

A. 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

B. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,

B’. into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem;

A’. (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

A. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there,

B. the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

B’. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son,

A’. and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

A.(8) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (9) And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  (10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

B.(11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

C. (13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host

D. praising God, and saying,(14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

C’. (15) And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,

B’. the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. (16) And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

A’. (17) And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. (18) And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. (19) But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  (20) And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Luke 2:21-52

A. 21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

B. a. 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,  28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

C. 33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

B’. 36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

A’. 39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

A. (40)  And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

B.(41) Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

C.(42) And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. (43) And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. (44) But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey;

D.and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

E.(45) And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

F.(46) And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

F’.(47) And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

E’.(48) And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

D’.(49) And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father‘s business? (50) And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

C’. (51) And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them:

B’. but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

A’.(52) And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Note: In this proposed chiasm the centre (FF’)  is the contrast between Jesus listening and asking questions of the teachers, and the astonishment of the onlookers hearing Jesus answer  their questions! His parents were looking for him and found him (after three days) (EE”) –  but they had been looking in the wrong place amongst the family and friends, Jesus was busy with his own Father’s business (DD’). When they went up to Jerusalem his parents lost touch with Jesus but when they went back to Nazareth Jesus voluntarily submitted to them (CC’). Though both Joseph and Mary were involved it was Mary who reflected on events (BB’) and the Lord’s true Father ensured His Son grew and prospered (AA’). 

Luke 21:5-38

A (5) And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, (6) As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

B (7) And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

C (8) And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

D (9) But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

E (10) Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: (11) And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

F (persecution of the saints)

(i)(12) But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

(ii) (13) And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

(iii) (14) Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: (15) For I will give you a mouth and wisdom,

(ii’) which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

(i’) (16) And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. (17) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

G (18) But there shall not an hair of your head perish. (19) In your patience possess ye your souls.

F’  (flight of the saints)

(i) (20) And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

(ii) (21) Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

(iii) (22) For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

(ii’) (23) But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

(i’) (24) And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

E’ (25) And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (26) Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (27) And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

D’ (28) And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (29) And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; (30) When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. (31) So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. (32) Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. (33) Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

C’ (34) And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. (35) For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

B’ (36) Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

A’ (37) And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. (38) And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.

Luke 4: 31-44

A.(31)  And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. (32) And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.

B. (33) And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, (34) Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.

C.(35) And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

D. (36) And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. (37) And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about. 

C’.(38) And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. (39) And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

B’.(40) Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. (41) And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

A’. (42) And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. (43) And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. (44) And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.

Luke 24:13-35

A.(13)  And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. (14) And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

B.(15) And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.(16) But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

C.(17) And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? (18) And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

D.(19) And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: (20) And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. (21) But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

E.(22) Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;

F.(23) And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

E.(24) And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

D’.(25) Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: (26) Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? (27) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

C’.(28) And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. (29) But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

B’.(30) And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.(31) And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. (32) And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

A’.(33) And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, (34) Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. (35) And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

 

Luke 8:26-39

A. The possessed man living wild rejects Jesus

(26) And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. (27) And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. (28) When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.

B. (29)(For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.).

C. (30) And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. (31) And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.

C’ (33) Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.

B’. (34) When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. (35) Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. (36) They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.

A’. The healed man desires to be with Jesus but then goes home to preach.

(37) Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. (38) Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away. 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

 

Luke 4:16-20*

Earlier post refined by Jeremy T

A.(16) And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day,

B. and stood up for to read.

C.(17) And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias.

D. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

E.(18) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 

a. because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;

b . he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,

c. to preach deliverance to the captives,

d. and recovering of sight to the blind,

c’. to set at liberty them that are bruised,

a’. 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

D’.(20) And he closed the book,

C’. and he gave it again to the minister,

B’. and sat down.

A. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Luke 15:1-10*

(From Pete Owen)

A.(1) Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, (4)  What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness,

B. and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

C. (5) And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

D. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours,

C’. saying unto them, Rejoice with me;

B’. for I have found my sheep which was lost.

A’/2A.(7) I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

2B.(8) Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

2C.(9) And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me;

2B’. for I have found the piece which I had lost.

2A’.(10) Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Luke 15:11-32

Luke 15:11-16

And he said, A certain man had two sons:

A. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.

B. And he divided unto them his living.

C. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country,

D. and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

E. And when he had spent all,

D’. there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

C’. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country;

B’. and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat:

A’. and no man gave unto him.

Luke 15:17-23

A. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father,

B. and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

C. And he arose, and came to his father.

C’. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

B’. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

A’. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

Luke 15:24-32

A. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.

B. And they began to be merry.

C. Now his elder son was in the field:and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

D. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy fa ther hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath re ceived him safe and sound.

E. And he was angry,

F. and would not go in:

F’. therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

E’. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

D’. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath de voured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

C’. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

B’. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad:

A’. for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Luke 11:33-54

A. 33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

B. 34 The light of the body is the eye:

C. therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

B’. 35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

C’. 36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light,

A’.  as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

A. 37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. 38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.

B. 39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

B’. 40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

A’. 41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

A. 42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

B. 43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

C. 44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

A. 45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.

B. 46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

C. 47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. 49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

D. 52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

A’. 53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: 54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.